Capo Lesson : Wonderwall by Oasis

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Written By Sarah Barlow

Chief Music Officer

Wonderwall has to be one of the most famous songs that can be heard being played by everyone with a guitar from the beginners learning their chords and rhythm techniques through to the seasoned pro.    Released in 1995 on Oasis’ album “Whats the story, morning glory?” Wonderwall topped the charts around the world and aside from being one of the bands most iconic songs, has also attracted a large number of cover versions and occurances of other artists singing parts of the song in their own performances.  To name a few artists there has been Mike Flowers Pops, Ryan Adams, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Paul Anka, Girls Aloud, Jason Mraz, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and others.

One of those songs which undoubtedly will stand the test of time,  you only have to play the first bar with the correct rhythm and anyone listening will know immediately what is to follow, Wonderwall should be on your list of songs to learn if you don’t already know it, and if you don’t – then get your capo out now, place it on the second fret and follow the instructions and videos below and you’ll have it nailed down and added to your repertoire in no time at all.

Remember to keep the rhythm there and continuous with your strumming hands throughout the intro/verses, that really is key to making the song sound correct, and one last tip.. when I play it, when I’m playing the intro and verse, two of my fingers remain fixed in the same position throughout, never leaving the fretboard. See if you can figure out which icon_smile-8417036

Noel Gallagher has his Capo on the 2nd fret for this song,  the key of the song is in F#minor,  make sure the capo is in perfect position and you can play a chord without any twang, just a perfectly clear sound.

Chords used:
         EADGBe
Em7     (022033)
G       (320033)
Dsus4   (xx0233)
A7sus4  (x02033)
Cadd9   (x32033)
Dsus4/F#  (2x0233) [note:some people think this is a G/F# (200033)]
Here's the rythym of how the chord in the verses should be played:
   Em7            G              Dsus4       A7sus4
e--3--3--3--3-3-3-3-3--3--3-3--3-3-3--3--3-3-3--3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3----
B--3--3--3--3-3-3-3-3--3--3-3--3-3-3--3--3-3-3--3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3----
G--0--0--0--0-0-0-0-0--0--0-0--0-2-2--2--2-0-0--0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0----
D--2--2--2--2-2-2-0-0--0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0-0-2--2--0-2-2-0-2-2-0----
A--2--2--2--2-2-2-2-2--2--2-2----------------0--0----0-0-0-0-0------
E--0--0--0--0-0-0-3-3--3--3-3---------------------------------------
Verse 1
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[NOTE: use the above strumming rythym when playing the verse chords below]
[ANOTHER NOTE: play all "A7sus4"'s in the verses the way it is played in
the rythym section above.]
Em7        G                             Dsus4                  A7sus4
  Today is gonna be the day that they're gonna throw it back to you
Em7          G                     Dsus4               A7sus4
  By now you should've somehow realized what you gotta do
Em7                  G       Dsus4           A7sus4
I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do
          Cadd9    Dsus4    A7sus4
About you now
Verse 2
-------
Em7              G                              Dsus4                A7sus4
   Backbeat, the word is on the street that the fire in your heart is out
Em7                G                           Dsus4              A7sus4
   I'm sure you've heard it all before but you never really had a doubt
Em7                  G       Dsus4           A7sus4
I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do
          Em7   G     Dsus4     A7sus4
about you now
Pre-chorus
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[NOTE: the tab below is what is played by guitars 1 and 3 while guitar 2
plays the chords above the words. The tab below is used for both the first
and second lines of the pre-chorus]
h=hammer on next note without picking again with the right hand
p=pull off to make next note without having to pick the string w/ your
right hand again
    Cadd9            Dsus4            Em7
And all the roads we have to walk are winding
e-------3------------2h3p2----------------------------------------
B----------3----------------3-------------------------------------
G-------------0----------------2-----------------0-----------0----
D--------------------0------------------------0---------0h2-------
A---3------------------------------------0h2---------2------------
E-------------------------------------0---------------------------
    Cadd9               Dsus4             Em7
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding
Cadd9          Dsus4
There are many things that I
      G       Dsus4/F#  Em7        G         A7sus4
would like to say to    you but I don't know how
e-------3--------3--------3---------3-----------------0-------------0---------
B---------3--------3--------3---------3-----------3------3--------------3-----
G-----------0--------0--------0---------0-----------0------0----------------0-
D-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------------2-------------
E-----3-------2---------0---------3-----------0-------------------------------
e-----------0---------------------
B------3-------3-------3----------
G--------0-------0----------------
D-----------------------------0---
A--0-----------------2----0h2-----
E---------------------------------
Chorus
------
        Cadd9  Em7   G    Em7                        Cadd9    Em7   G
Because maybe           You're gonna be the one that saves me
   Em7       Cadd9   Em7   G         Em7          Cadd9  Em7   G  Em7
And after all                You're my wonderwall
(hold Em7, then silence)
drums come in, then:
                e--3-3-3-3-3-3-3---
                B--3-3-3-3-3-3-3---
                G--0-0-0-0-0-0-0---   (and then right back into chord
                D--0-2-2-0-2-2-0---    progression for the verses)
                A--0-0-0-0-0-0-0---
                E------------------
Verse 3
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[same chords as Verse 2]
Today was gonna be the day but they'll never throw it back to you
By now you should've somehow realized what you're not to do
I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now
Pre-chorus
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And all the roads that lead you there were winding
And all the lights that light the way are blinding
There are many things that I would like to say to you,
but I don't know how
Chorus
------
I said maybe
You're gonna be the one that saves me
And after all
You're my wonderwall
Outro
-----
[this riff repeated a number of times with chorus chords in background]
   Cadd9    Em7     G       Em7
e--------3--0-------------3--0----
B--0--1----------1--0--1----------
G---------------------------------
D---------------------------------
A---------------------------------
E---------------------------------
Very faint riff heard at end of song: (I think alot of people may never
have heard this faint little ditty!)
[NOTE: this little riff is played WITHOUT a capo]
e--------------0--------------------0-----
B--------0--------0--------2--------2-----
G-----------2--------2-----2--------2-----
D-----4-----------------0--2--4--2--2-----
A--4-----------------------0--0-----0-----
E-----------------------------------------

And of course some video tutorials courtesy of YouTube for additional help.

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