Oasis Biography

The most successful British band of the 90s

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Oasis

Oasis are an English rock band led by two brothers, guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher and lead vocalist Liam Gallagher.

Oasis’ biggest tunes include Don’t Look Back In Anger and Wonderwall.

With eight #1 singles, fifteen NME awards, nine Q awards, four MTV Europe awards and five Brit awards, The Guinness Book Of Hit Singles And Albums, declared Oasis the Most Successful Act of the Last Decade in the U.K.

During the peak of Brit Pop in the 90s, a similar fan relationship between Oasis vs Blur occurred as in the 60s of The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones.

The last two decades have seen an increased popularity of the British music festival culture and Oasis have come to set the standard for what to expect from a headlining act.


Wonderwall was Oasis biggest hit

Initially named Wishing Stone, Wonderwall was renamed after a film from 1968 that bore the same name. George Harrison wrote the original soundtrack for the film Wonderwall Music.

Rumors claim that Noel wrote Wonderwall for his wife Meg Mathews. After the divorce, Noel claimed the song was about an imaginary friend who’s going to come and save you from yourself.

Wonderwall is by far Oasis most popular track and can only be compared to Angels by Robbie Williams as the most popular song by a British act in the last twenty years.

Oasis, Wonderwall and big U.K festivals like Glastonbury have become legendary. So much so that when Jay-Z was headlining in 2008, there was controversy. Glastonbury is for British bands, argued the British press. Jay-Z answered by opening up with Wonderwall.

A year later when Oasis pulled out of V festival last minute, Snow Patrol performed the song in honor of receiving their slot.

Other famous covers of Wonderwall include the one by Ryan Adams. This version was so big that even Oasis started to use ideas from Ryan’s arrangement.

In May 2005, Virgin Radio voted Wonderwall best British song of all time, with the help of over eight thousand listeners.


Guitar Lessons


Wonderwall – Step 1 (Free Preview)

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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Chords and Guitar Lessons

Wonderwall ChordsOasis biggest hit may have been sung in pubs around the world more than any other song since its release.

A must for any aspiring guitarist and songwriter, Wonderwall is great fun to learn, what you can learn from it is even greater.

Go to Wonderwall chords and guitar lessons.


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.


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