Wonderwall

Wonderwall

Chords and strumming

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Wonderwall Complete Song


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.

In the course, we create a 2nd guitar part by placing a capo further up the neck. Do this and you will learn not just the song but also from the song.

It also means you can play along with me and the singer in the video, sounding like a band, rather than someone who just plays the same thing as the guitar that is already there.

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Chord progression

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: GD/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.


Related Pages


Wonderwall – 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
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before but you never really had a doubt

For complete lyrics, go to Wonderwall lyrics.


Oasis – Biography

oasis-thumbOasis are 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.

To find out more, 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 from one chord to another and improve your rhythm playing – they also hold the key to how music works theoretically.

To see all the lessons in the beginner course, go to the Beginner Guitar Course


Exercises

Beginner Chord ProgressionWe all have to start somewhere, but for how long do you strum simple songs? What do you need to know 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 chord progression of a song?

A beginner need guidance more than anyone, check out these easy to follow video lessons as a preview of what awaits in the course: Beginner Guitar Lessons


Tunes

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’.

To preview each song, go to Beginner Acoustic Songs


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A monthly subscription with access to all acoustic and electric step by step lessons, each one designed to bring your guitar playing skills to the next level.

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

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