You can learn how to play Wonderwall by Oasis!

Wonderwall is a single by Oasis from the hugely successful album What’s The Story (Morning Glory?).

The song uses only chords from the key, achieving its unique sound through extensions and chord shapes that share notes.

A great way to create a memorable chord progression is to do something very familiar, paired with something unique.

In Wonderwall, this is achieved by using only chords from the key, played in an unusual order, paired with drone-like extensions.

Just like on the original recording, you must place a capo on fret two and think of Wonderwall as if in the key of G.

In the beginner course we do this first, we then move the capo up two frets and think as if in the key of F. Learn this part and we can play the song together with the singer in step 7 of of the step by step lessons.


Chords

The intro/verse maintains the top strings on fret three throughout, creating a drone-like effect. This makes it easier to play, but gives the chords more complicated names.

| Em7 G | Dsus4 A7sus4 | x3

1.
| C Dsus4 | A7sus4 |

2.
| Em7 G | Dsus4 A7sus4 |

The bridge starts on chord IV. Aim to hear this movement and think of it as chord IV.

| C Dsus4 | Em | x2

| C D | G D/F# Em Em/D | A7sus4 | A7sus4 |

The chorus contains a 2/4 bar.

| C Em | G Em | x2 C Em |2/4 G |


Chord extensions

Many chords have been extended in Wonderwall, it is necessary to play all these correctly as they are such a big part of the songs sound.

  • Em7 – An extension of an Em, one more note has been added, the note D.
  • Dsus4 – With its 3rd (F#) replaced by the 4th, we get a suspended sound.
  • A7sus4 – Extended to a dom7 as well as suspended to a sus4 chord.
  • D/F# – With its 3rd in the bass, we bind the chords together as the bass moves: GD/F#Em
  • Em/D – The Em chord has a D in the bass, the note is not part of the Em triad, it’s the 7th.

The Em/D completes the descending bass line: G D/F# Em Em/D.


Wonderwall – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Wonderwall by Oasis!

Step 1 (16th note strumming exercises)Step 2 (Chord progression)Step 3 (Verse strumming pattern)Step 4 (More strumming exercises)Step 5 (Bridge)Step 6 (Chorus & Complete song)Step 7 (2nd guitar play along)Step 8 (16th note strumming exercises, push BPM).


Wonderwall – Lyrics

Today is gonna be the day that they’re gonna throw it back to you.
By now you should’ve somehow realized what you gotta do.
I don’t believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now.
Back beat the word was on the street that the fire in your heart is out.

Go to Wonderwall – Lyrics.


Oasis – Biography

Oasis was an English rock band led by two brothers, Noel and Liam Gallagher.

With 8 #1 singles, 15 NME Awards, 9 Q Awards, 4 MTV Europe awards and 5 Brit awards. The Guinness Book Of Hit Singles And Albums declared Oasis the Most Successful Act of the 90s.

Go to Oasis – Biography.

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