While My Guitar Guitar Weeps Guitar Lesson

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

This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for While Why Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps was written by George Harrison in 1968 and appears on The Beatles iconic album 'White Album'. 

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.

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.

Song Details:

  • Key - A minor
  • Tempo - about 110 bpm
  • Tuning - standard
  • Difficulty - intermediate - advanced

While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of While My guitar Gently Weeps, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.

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The Intro Lesson for While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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.

If you want the lyrics of While My Guitar Gently Weeps and just the chords in their most basic form, then you can find them here.

How to Play the 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.

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How to Play the Chorus of While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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.

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How to Play the Instrumental Section of While My Guitar Gently Weeps

There's just the instrumental section to learn now. I put my own little spin on this part so feel free to add your own if you want to. 

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. 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.

  10. Anon left a comment on 31st July 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Is there perhaps also a full tablature?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 6th August 2020 at 11:39 am

      Yes, it’s been sent off for publication. Will be available soon.

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