Here comes the Sun Fingerstyle Guitar lesson

Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

Here Comes The Sun was written by George Harrison in 1969 for The Beatles and the song appears on their iconic album Abbey Road. In this lesson we're going to be learning my fingerstyle arrangement of this great song in full.

Here Comes The Sun is such a beautiful song and it's also incredibly enjoyable to play on the guitar. If you're playing the song as it was originally recorded it isn't too tricky but having said that, it's no walk in the park. With this lesson being a fingerstyle arrangement it inevitably brings challenges and complicates the song somewhat. However, these challenges are well worth the extra work and once you do master them you'll likely be very pleased for putting in the extra effort. 

Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Here Comes The Sun!

Song Details:

  • Key - D major (without a capo)
  • Capo - 3rd fret (optional)
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 128 bpm
  • Difficulty - high intermediate - advanced

Here Comes The Sun (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Here Comes The Sun, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.

   

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The Intro Lesson for Here Comes The Sun

The intro of Here Comes The Sun is the verse and the chorus. Here, I'm fingerpicking my way through the changes.

Feel free to mix things up if you want to. You don't have to play it exactly the same way as I have, so long as you're true to the melody then you should be fine. 

If you want the lyrics of Here Comes The Sun and just the chords in their most basic form, then you can find them here on Acoustic Binder.

How to Play the Verse and Chorus

The good thing here is that you've already learnt all the chords and the melody, all that you have to do now is apply the new techniques taught in this video. 

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Here Comes The Sun Bridge Lesson

There's just the bridge to learn now and if you're now OK with the rest of the song then this section shouldn't be too much of a struggle for you. 

Structure of Here Comes The Sun

Intro (verse), Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Verse, Chorus x2

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Andy Morton left a comment on 4th April 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Chris, my friends and I would love to see chord grids in addition to tab….any chance you could do this for those of us that grew up learning guitar with chord grids?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 4th April 2020 at 7:10 pm

      Hi Andy, I can’t retrospectively add it to any of the existing tabs but it’s something I may consider for the future if there’s more demand for it. Thanks, Chris

  2. Chris left a comment on 6th April 2020 at 10:36 am

    Hi Chris,

    I just bought your tab for ‘Here Comes The Sun’ through the link on your website (to Musicnotes).

    To be honest I’m pretty disappointed in the tab, it doesn’t really bare any relation to what you are actually playing and teaching in your lesson. It’s just a skeleton of what you play.

    Now I’m left having to add all the meat to the bones. I would have expected the tab to be the finished article if I’m going to pay for it.

    Other than that, I love what you do.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 6th April 2020 at 11:20 am

      Hi Chris, I’m sorry to hear you’re not happy with the tab’s accuracy but I respectfully have to disagree with you. I made the tab as close to what I played as I possibly could and in the lesson I’m following it through note-for-note as I teach it. I just took another look at the tab and played through it and it is what I’m playing. I can understand why you may think it’s inaccurate but you have to understand that it’s an incredibly intricate piece to transcribe and when learning it you kind of have to do some of the work yourself. Paul Davids explain it perfectly in this video between 4:30 – 6:00 minutes as to why transcribing this song in full would be nearly impossible and that if you did it would also look very silly, and I completely agree with him. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkLmj4-t34U&t=324s.

      Really hope you understand.
      Cheers

    • Chris left a comment on 6th April 2020 at 4:27 pm

      Chris,

      Sorry. Your tab is great!.

      My mistake, Hands up, my fault entirely.

      Sorry. Thanks for the tab.

      Chris.

      • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 6th April 2020 at 7:36 pm

        Ah don’t worry, I completely understand why you think it might have been inaccurate.
        Thanks, Chris

  3. jean francois bonet darcy left a comment on 8th April 2020 at 9:35 pm

    I also bought the tab, and find it very accurate……. at first , as one is learning the song the correct tempo is absent which could make you think the tab is inaccurate.

    But, bring the song up to tempo with the proper strumming and picking and one notices that tab and the instructional video match.

    I would have one recommendation to make Chris……..the measures are numbered already, so if you could mention by number which measure you are teaching. I think that would situate the learner.

    You did a great Job !

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 12th April 2020 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks Jean, yeah this is a very tricky song to score. Good point on saying the bar numbers.

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