You can learn how to play Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s!

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 albums and years before it broke through. When Hey There Delilah finally did, it became a worldwide hit.

This song uses extremely common chords. Only the key, and therefore chord shapes, are rare for what is essentially an acoustic guitar campfire song.

If you think it sounds simple, try writing a song like this and get people to naturally sing along and you’ll soon realize that this is not easy.

To learn how to write a simple but powerful song, you must study these types of songs in depth. Start with the chord progression below!


The verse chords are just the I, III, VI, IV, and V chord from 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 creates lies within the bass line which is notated as 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

In the course

This is the first song we study in the intermediate acoustic course. It does seemingly contain barre chords, but you’ll soon discover how the CAGED system is not intended to be used as difficult to fret, full barre chord shapes.

The key is to visualize the full CAGED shapes, but only play fractions of them.

As this needs to be clarified, the first lesson in the course goes through this in detail, pointing out the advantage but also the potential problems with the system.

In the final step of learning Hey There Delilah, you’ll play all over the neck using the CAGED system as we play the song together with a singer.

Only by learning how to actually use the CAGED system like this, with a real song, can we progress with understanding music and cracking the fret board code.

Hey There Delilah – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s!

Step 1 (Introduction to the CAGED system)Step 2 (Verse & Chorus)Step 3 (M8)Step 4 (Complete song)Step 5 (CAGED system in context)Step 6 (2nd guitar part)Step 7 (Another 2nd guitar part)Step 8 (Improvise with the CAGED system).

Hey There Delilah – Lyrics

Hey there Delilah what’s it like in New York City,
I’m a thousand miles away,
but girl tonight you look so pretty, yes you do.
Times Square can’t shine as bright as you, I swear it’s true.

Go to Hey There Delilah – Lyrics.

Plain White T’s – Biography

Plain White T’s are an American rock band who had great success with their song Hey There Delilah, charting at #1 in many countries in 2007.

Using a very persistent marketing technique, Hey There Delilah was pushed for over two years before it was finally #1.

Go to Plain White T’s – Biography.

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