Learn How To Play Wonderwall
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals
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.
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
| C Dsus4 | A7sus4 |
| 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 |
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: G – D/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.
16th note Strumming Exercises
This is something you will do a lot of when playing the guitar so learning how to read and play them well is imperative.
Wonderwall – Step 1 (Free Preview)
This will enable you to more clearly hear the difference the extensions make, once we add them.
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Wonderwall – Step 2
By practicing these you will realize the difference between what makes you sound like a beginner vs an experienced player.
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More 16th Note Exercises
These are not very musical, but they’re great for your strumming technique.
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Wonderwall – Step 3
Just like we did when we played the verse, let’s play the chords like a beginner before we start breaking the patterns up.
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Wonderwall – Step 4
Since this is so easy, we quickly move on and play the complete song as well.
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Wonderwall – Step 5
Learn this and you can play with me and the singer, rather than just playing the same thing as me.
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Revise 16th Note Exercises
As we practice these, we push the BPM!
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Today 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
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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.
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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.
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Beginner Acoustic Songs
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What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a song?
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