This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Wonderwall. Wonderwall was written by Noel Gallagher for Oasis and the song appears on their 1995 album 'What's the Story Morning Glory?'.
What an earth does Wonderwall actually mean? According to Noel, Wonderwall describes an imaginary friend that's going to come and save you from yourself.
Wonderwall is often one of the first songs that guitar players learn, this is because the chords are very easy. Having said that, not many people learn fingerstyle arrangements of it so hats off to you for giving it a go. Obviously it's considerably harder to play than just strumming the basic chords, but it's certainly not ridiculously hard at all and it's tons of fun once you've learnt it.
OK, let's start learning how to play Wonderwall!
- Key - G major (without a capo, A with)
- Capo - 2rd fret
- Tuning - standard
- Tempo - 87 bpm
- Difficulty - intermediate - advanced
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Wonderwall, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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Wonderwall Guitar Lesson part 1 (Intro)
If you're learning this arrangement of Wonderwall then I'm guessing the chances of you already knowing the chords and how to play the intro are very high. After all, it's such a popular song and virtually everyone requests you play it! However, if you're not familiar with the chords, make sure you watch this video first!
Wonderwall Part 2 (Verse)
Into the verse of Wonderwall now and this is really where the fingerpicking comes in. I think of it in three basic parts - you've got a really simple bass line, there's of course the melody to play, and finally there's a little strumming just to fill in a little space here and there.
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Wonderwall Part 3 (Bridge)
Now let's have a look at the bridge, or the pre-chorus. This section is quite demanding but it's a lot fun to play once you've got it down.
Wonderwall Part 4 (Chorus)
Into the chorus now, this section is probably a little easier than the bridge and more like the same difficulty level as the verse.
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Wonderwall Part 5 (Alternate Chorus)
For the last chorus of the song I take the melody up an octave. I find this gives the arrangement a final lift before it comes to an end. It's optional but if you like the sound of it then it's worth learning.
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Wonderwall Part 6 (Outro)
Just the outro left now and this short section isn't particularly hard to play, at least not if you've learnt the rest of the song.
Structure of Wonderwall
Intro, Verse x2, Bridge, Chorus, Verse, Bridge, Chorus, Outro
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