Wonderwall

Learn How To Play Wonderwall

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals


About

Wonderwall is a single by Oasis from the hugely successful album What’s The Story (Morning Glory?).

The song uses only chords from the key, achieving its unique sound through extensions and chord shapes that share notes.

A great way to create a memorable chord progression is to do something very familiar, paired with something unique.

In Wonderwall, this is achieved by using only chords from the key, played in an unusual order, paired with drone-like extensions.

Just like on the original recording, you must place a capo on fret two and think of Wonderwall as if in the key of G.


Chord progression

The intro/verse maintains the top strings on fret three throughout, creating a drone-like effect. This makes it easier to play, but gives the chords more complicated names.

| Em7 G | Dsus4 A7sus4 | x3

1.
| C Dsus4 | A7sus4 |

2.
| Em7 G | Dsus4 A7sus4 |

The bridge starts on chord IV. Aim to hear this movement and think of it as chord IV.

| C Dsus4 | Em | x2

| C D | G D/F# Em Em/D | A7sus4 | A7sus4 |

The chorus contains a 2/4 bar.

| C Em | G Em | x2 C Em |2/4 G |


Chord Extensions

Many chords have been extended in Wonderwall, it is necessary to play all these correctly as they are such a big part of the songs sound.

  • Em7 – An extension of an Em, one more note has been added, the note D.
  • Dsus4 – With its 3rd (F#) replaced by the 4th, we get a suspended sound.
  • A7sus4 – Extended to a dom7 as well as suspended to a sus4 chord.
  • D/F# – With its 3rd in the bass, we bind the chords together as the bass moves: GD/F#Em
  • Em/D – The Em chord has a D in the bass, the note is not part of the Em triad, it’s the 7th.

The Em/D completes the descending bass line: G D/F# Em Em/D.


16th Note Strumming Exercises

At this point in the step by step course, we haven’t played very fast strumming patterns. As Wonderwall requires us to up the tempo, the song lessons are intertwined with some strumming exercises.

You can preview the basic idea of these exercises, but in the course we go much further. More importantly, by practicing exercises needed to play a song, they make sense and don’t become as unmusical as if practiced in isolation.

Below you can see how these are included in between the song lessons.

It’s very likely that in order to cleanly strum Wonderwall at the full tempo, you’ll need to practice these strumming exercises.


Guitar Lessons


16th note Strumming Exercises

Today we look at reading and playing a bunch of 16th note strumming patterns.

This is something you will do a lot of when playing the guitar so learning how to read and play them well is imperative.

Go to 16th note strumming exercises.


Wonderwall – Step 1 (Free Preview)

In this step, we play the progression with and without extensions.

This will enable you to more clearly hear the difference the extensions make, once we add them.

Go to Wonderwall step 1.


Wonderwall – Step 2

Let’s look at how to play the strumming pattern for the verse.

By practicing these you will realize the difference between what makes you sound like a beginner vs an experienced player.

Go to Wonderwall step 2.


More 16th Note Exercises

Let’s take a look at some more 16th note strumming exercises.

These are not very musical, but they’re great for your strumming technique.

Go to More 16th note exercises.


Wonderwall – Step 3

In this step, we practice the bridge.

Just like we did when we played the verse, let’s play the chords like a beginner before we start breaking the patterns up.

Go to Wonderwall step 3.


Wonderwall – Step 4

In this step, you’ll learn how to strum the chorus.

Since this is so easy, we quickly move on and play the complete song as well.

Go to Wonderwall step 4.


Wonderwall – Step 5

The time has come to create a 2nd guitar part for Wonderwall.

Learn this and you can play with me and the singer, rather than just playing the same thing as me.

Go to Wonderwall step 5.


Revise 16th Note Exercises

In this step, we revise the 16th note strumming patterns you’ve been working on lately.

As we practice these, we push the BPM!

Go to Revise 16th note exercises.


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Lyrics

WonderwallToday is gonna be the day that they’re gonna throw it back to you
By now you should’ve somehow realised what you gotta do
I don’t believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now
Backbeat the word was on the street that the fire in your heart is out

Go to Wonderwall lyrics.


Biography

oasis-thumbOasis was an English rock band led by two brothers, guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher, and lead vocalist Liam Gallagher.

With 8 #1 singles, 15 NME Awards, 9 Q Awards, 4 MTV Europe awards and 5 Brit awards, The Guinness Book Of Hit Singles And Albums declared Oasis the Most Successful Act of the 90s.

Go to Oasis biography.


Course

Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

Not only will learning songs help you with switching between chords and improve your rhythm playing. Songs also hold the key to how music works theoretically.

Go to Beginner guitar course.


Beginner Acoustic Songs

You can learn how to play these beginner songs on the acoustic guitar.

Ain’t No Sunshine, The Drugs Don’t Work, One More Cup Of Coffee, Redemption Song, Rewind, Robin Hood, Talking About A Revolution, Time Of Your Life, and Wonderwall.

Go to Beginner acoustic songs.


Exercises

Beginner Chord ProgressionWhat do you need to know in order to play real songs?

What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a song?

Go to Beginner guitar exercises.


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Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.

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