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!
- 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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