Hey There Delilah


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Focusing on the left hand and all chords used in this song

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‘Hey There Delilah’ is a single from one hit wonders Plain White T’s.

The song was pushed to get on the radio for over two years before it broke through. When it finally did it became a worldwide hit.

‘Hey There Delilah’ use extremely common chords, only the key and therefore chord shapes are rare.

In the video lessons, you’ll see how the song is played from beginning to end, including all the chords and the clever bass line.

Chord progression

‘Hey There Delilah’s verse chords contain I, III, VI, IV and V. The progression looks like this in the key of D:

| D | F#m | D | F#m |

| Bm Bm/A | G A | Bm | A |

The chorus is even simpler, just moving between I and VI.

| D D/A | Bm Bm/C# |

During the m8 we recycle the chords and mix them up, like this:

| G | A | D D/A | Bm Bm/A |

| G | A | D D/C# | Bm Bm/A |

| G | A | Bm | Bm | A | A |

Slash chords and bass lines

A big part of the vibe the progression create lies within the bass line, let’s take a look at all slash chords:

Bm/A – This descending bass line moves us from Bm to G like this: Bm – Bm/AG
D/A – This ascending bass line moves us from D to Bm, like this: D – D/ABm
Bm/C# – This ascending bass line takes us from Bm to D, like this: Bm – Bm/C#D

There are more details to look into when learning how to play ‘Hey There Delilah’, especially if you want to learn from the song. Discover all of them in the intermediate guitar course.

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