Chords and strumming
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‘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.
The most believable theory behind creating a memorable chord progression lies within doing 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-likee 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 maintain the top strings on fret three throughout, creating a drone-like effect. In chord names we get this:
| Em7 G | Dsus4 A7sus4 | x3
1. | C Dsus4 | A7sus4 |
2. | Em7 G | Dsus4 A7sus4 |
The bridge starts on chord IV, goes like this:
| C Dsus4 | Em | x2
| C D | G D/F# Em Em/D | A7sus4 | A7sus4 |
The chorus contains a 2/4 bar, looks like this:
| C Em | G Em | x2 C Em |2/4 G |
Practice Chord Extensions to stand out from the crowd
Many chords have been altered in ‘Wonderwall’, it is necessary to play all these correctly as they are such a big part of the songs sound.
- Em7 – this chord is an extension of an Em, one more note has been added, the note D.
- Dsus4 – This chord has had its 3rd (F#) replaced by the 4th. This gives the chord a suspended sound.
- A7sus4 – this chord is both extended to a dom7 as well as suspended to a sus4 chord.
- D/F# – this chord has its 3rd in the bass, it binds the chords together as the bass moves down: G – D/F# – Em
- Em/D – this Em chord has a D in the bass, the note is not part of the Em chord, it’s the 7th.
The Em/D completes the descending bass line: G D/F# Em Em/D.
Get the full lesson covering chord progression, strumming patterns, key signatures and more in the beginner guitar course.