While My Guitar Gently Weeps Tab

While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps was written by The Beatles in 1968 and appears on their album the 'White Album'. It was written by George Harrison, the lead guitarist of the band, and the song has gone on to become one his best known.

Harrison invited fellow guitarist Eric Clapton along to the session during the recording of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and the overdubbed guitar solos you hear on the track were all played by him.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps is no. 39 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and sign up to my weekly email lesson. That way you won't miss learning any of these great fingerstyle songs.

We're going to learn a full fingerstyle arrangement of While My Guitar Gently Weeps in this lesson. This means that for the entire piece we're going to be playing the chords, melody and the bass notes all at the same time. You may find it a little tricky at times as there's so much going on. Hopefully you'll get a lot out of this lesson.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps Song Details:

  • Key - A minor
  • Tempo - about 110 bpm (original recording fluctuates)
  • Tuning - standard
  • Difficulty - intermediate - advanced

As you learn this song please make sure that you are constantly listening to the track at the same time. This will help with your timing of the the melody, which is greatly important. 

This arrangement is just one I've come up with, and I have no problem whatsoever if you add/take away things from it. In fact, I actually strongly encourage you to try and add some of you own creativity to it and see what you can come up with on your own.


Play Through

Intro:

For the intro I've added the piano line you can hear on the song over the descending bass notes. I recommend starting by isolating the two individual parts (bass/piano line), practising them both separately and then bringing them together.

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Intro) Tab

Verse:

Throughout the verse we're playing the descending bass line again, with the melody of the lyrics. At the same time we're also adding in some arpeggiated notes from within each chord.  Remember that when doing a fingerstyle arrangement of any song you want to think of the guitar as a band, not just one single instrument.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps Verse Tab

Chorus:

The interesting part about the chorus and what gives it the strong lift is the key change. Here it goes from the key of A minor to its parallel key of A major, this is pretty typical of The Beatles and a mark of their truly outstanding songwriting skills.

 

While My Guita Genlty Weeps (Chorus) Tab

Instrumental Section:

During this section of the original recording Clapton is letting rip and he plays a big guitar solo with huge bends. That's a little hard to replicate on an acoustic guitar so here I've just followed the chords and added a few somewhat simple melodic lines. This is just an example and you can change it as much as you want to.

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Bridge) Tab


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If you have any questions or want to share anything at all, then please leave a comment below.

I hope you've found this lesson useful and thank you for reading.

 

  1. Glory left a comment on 30th August 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Where is the TAB?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 30th August 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Tab is up now. No idea why it didn’t upload with the rest of the lesson.

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  3. Sam Meredith left a comment on 5th June 2019 at 11:19 pm

    when you are doing the play trough, i noticed the second time youbplay through the chorus you play the something different for the last two or 3 chords. are you just playing the G,C,E chords for the verse the rest of the song and only play the G,D,E that first time through the verse?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 12th June 2019 at 11:10 am

      Sorry Sam you’ve lost me a little here. The chords I play are as they’re written in the tabs.

      • Sam left a comment on 23rd June 2019 at 10:19 pm

        I’m talking about the second time you play through the verse you play through two chords to lead you into the chorus. The tabs have a C chord and an E chord and the tab doesnt sound right but when you play it sounds right.

  4. Sam left a comment on 23rd June 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I’m talking about the second time you play through the verse you play through two chords to lead you into the chorus. The tabs have a C chord and an E chord and the tab doesnt sound right but when you play it sounds right.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 25th June 2019 at 6:19 pm

      That part is very open to interpretation. So long as you arpeggiate the two chords it doesn’t matter too much what you play, so long as it sounds good. Sometimes I’ll pick my through those chords and sometimes I might strum them. Play around with it and find what works for you, don’t be afraid to change it.

      • Sam left a comment on 28th June 2019 at 12:04 am

        cool thanks for the quick response I was also wondering what should be played before the instrumental? I’ve tried the chorus and verse but it doesnt sound very fluent transitioning into the instrumental.

        • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 1st July 2019 at 3:29 pm

          It’s the verse that leads into the instrumental.

  5. LB left a comment on 19th September 2019 at 8:53 am

    Thank for sharing those kind of songs ! Now i can’t stop playing it !
    Thank you !
    See you !

  6. Gary left a comment on 13th October 2019 at 4:00 am

    Great work and thanks for sharing your expertise. You are doing a great service to all of us who long to play our favorites.

    Where were you when I was 12 years old with my first $15.00 acoustic trying to play along with the radio? LOL.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 16th October 2019 at 10:40 am

      Thanks Gary, I’m pleased I’m helping you out.

  7. Detlev Daum left a comment on 17th December 2019 at 8:49 am

    Great Job! “A Little Help From A Friend” 🙂

  8. Ollei left a comment on 8th March 2020 at 4:17 pm

    This is perfect and I cant believe its free

  9. Paul deMeurisse left a comment on 18th May 2020 at 10:45 pm

    I liked your arrangement of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” so went out to Musicnotes.com, where I just purchased your arrangement/tab of “Here Comes the Sun, But there was no tab there for “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. I noticed in one of the comments above you say the tab is posted.

    Is the tab available to purchase? If so please let me know the web site where I can do so.

    Thanks.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 19th May 2020 at 9:12 am

      Hi Paul, glad you like the arrangement. I haven’t sent While My guitar Gently Weeps off for publication yet. I’ll be transcribing it over the coming weeks so it should be available within a month or two.

      • Paul deMeurisse left a comment on 22nd May 2020 at 4:36 am

        Thanks, looking forward to seeing it. There are a few tabs of While My guitar Gently Weeps out on Musicnotes & elsewhere. They’re all pretty good but deviate from the actual song here & there – some sort of leaving out the ending or some other deviation I don’t care for. Yours doesn’t so good luck on finishing it. I would think people will be interested in it.

        • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 22nd May 2020 at 9:53 am

          Thanks a lot Paul, full tab will be available shortly.

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