Learn How To Play Hey There Delilah
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals
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/A – G
D/A – This ascending bass line moves us from D to Bm, like this: D – D/A – Bm
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 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.
Introduction to the CAGED system
Learn how you can convert your open position major and minor chords into barre chord shapes.
Hey There Delilah – Step 1 (Free Preview)
Use the TAB loops to master these two relatively simple sections of the song.
Go to Hey There Delilah step 1.
Hey There Delilah – Step 2
You’ll soon find out how this in many ways just recycle the chords you already played in the verse and chorus.
Go to Hey There Delilah step 2.
Hey There Delilah – Step 3
Use the TAB chart and video performance to play along with me and the singer.
Go to Hey There Delilah step 3.
Hey There Delilah – Step 4
The secret to unlocking the guitar fret board lies within linking the CAGED chord shapes up and down the fret board.
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Hey There Delilah – Step 5
However, as we only play three strings, there is not much barring going on…
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Hey There Delilah – Step 6
Where will all this lead? To improvising and learning how to write guitar parts, that’s where.
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Hey There Delilah – Step 7
When you now play along with me and the singer one final time, you can make up your own part as you go along.
Go to Hey There Delilah step 7.
Go to Hey There Delilah lyrics.
Plain WHite T’s
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.
The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.
Go to Intermediate guitar course.
Intermediate Acoustic Songs
A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.
Go to Intermediate acoustic songs.
We’ll use this to map out the entire fret board. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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