Hey There Delilah

Learn how to play Hey There Delilah on one acoustic guitar!

‘Hey There Delilah’ is a single from one hit wonders Plain White T’s.

The song was pushed to get on the radio for over two years before it broke through. When it finally did it became a worldwide hit.

‘Hey There Delilah’ use extremely common chords, only the key and therefore chord shapes are rare.

In the video lesson, you’ll see how the song is played from beginning to end, including all the chords the clever bass line.


Chord progression

‘Hey There Delilah’ is in the key of D so the chords don’t look like your average song at a first glance. Still, the verse chords are I, III, VI, IV and V. The progression looks like this when translated to the key of D:

| D | F#m | D | F#m |
| Bm Bm/A | G A | Bm | A |

The chorus is even simpler, just moving between I and VI. It’s being in the key of D and the simple but clever bass line that makes it feel new.

| D D/A | Bm Bm/C# |

It’s not until the m8 that we move away to a new area harmonically, starting off on the IV chord, like this:

| G | A | D D/A | Bm Bm/A |
| G | A | D D/C# | Bm Bm/A |
| G | A | Bm | Bm | A | A |

You get all the TAB you could possibly need to play it like in the video lesson when you take the intermediate course.


Slash chords and bass lines

A big part of the vibe the progression create lies within the bass line, let’s take a look at all slash chords:

Bm/A – This descending bass line moves us from Bm to G like this: Bm – Bm/AG
D/A – This ascending bass line moves us from D to Bm, like this: D – D/ABm
Bm/C# – This ascending bass line takes us from Bm to D, like this: Bm – Bm/C#D

There are more details to look into when learning how to play ‘Hey There Delilah’, especially if you want to learn from the song. Discover all of them in the intermediate course.

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