Wonderwall

Learn How To Play Wonderwall

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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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.

The most common way to create 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-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.

| Em7 G | Dsus4 A7sus4 | x3

1.
| C Dsus4 | A7sus4 |

2.
| Em7 G | Dsus4 A7sus4 |

The bridge starts on 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.


Guitar Lessons


Wonderwall – Step 1

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

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

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Wonderwall – Step 2

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

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

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Wonderwall – Step 3

In this step, we practice the bridge of Wonderwall.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Songs

Learn how to play famous beginner songs.

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.

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