Norwegian Wood Guitar Lesson

Norwegian Wood Guitar Lesson – The Beatles (Fingerstyle)

This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) by The Beatles.

Norwegian Wood was written by John Lennon (although credited to Lennon/McCartney) and the song appears on the band's hugely successful 1965 album Rubber Soul.

Like pretty much all Beatles songs, Norwegian Wood makes for a great fingerstyle arrangement and this one is really fun to play. As you learn it, bear in mind that you can add or take away anything that I've put in it and that you don't have to play it just like I have. For example, you don't have to add the percussive elements or some of the licks I've used. Feel free to change it up it you want to.

Anyway, let's start learning how to play Norwegian Wood!

Song Details:

  • Capo - 2rd fret
  • Key - D major (D without a capo, E with)
  • Tuning - dropped D - D A D G B E
  • Difficulty - advanced

Norwegian Wood (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Norwegian Wood, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide. One thing to note is that the second half of the intro is what I also play for the bridge of the song. 

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Norwegian Wood Guitar Lesson

In this first lesson I teach you how to play the intro to Norwegian Wood and then the verse. Both sections are very similar but the intro is a slightly more stripped down, sparser version. The second half of the intro is what I also play for the bridge of the song. 

If you want the lyrics of Norwegian Wood  and just the chords in their most basic form, then you can find them here.

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How to Play the Bridge of Norwegian Wood

The only other section of the song that you need to learn is the bridge. This part is pretty tricky to get under your fingers but really is a joy to play once mastered. 

Structure of Norwegian Wood

Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Bridge, Chorus, Verse, Outro

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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. Gary McCarty left a comment on 26th October 2020 at 2:45 am

    I like your version, especially the percussive elements. I’ve not yet learned it fully but will do so. However, I did notice in your 1st presentation of the song you play the 7th measure differently than it is in the tabs and in your lessons. Is there a reason for this? I like the performed version more and I hope to figure out what you did differently. Thanks for such a beautiful version of such a beautiful song!


    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 30th October 2020 at 10:32 am

      Hey Gary, I guess as I was playing it I wasn’t thinking about it too much. It’s basically the same chord but in the performance I’ve just moved the melody up an octave. I’m playing a C/A chord, then I play the notes G (3rd high e string) then open B string, and that’s it. Hope this helps.

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    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 3rd December 2020 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks a lot, I’m really pleased to hear you like the lessons.

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