Wonderwall chords



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, step by step until you can play the complete song on just one acoustic guitar. Following this, we move the capo up two frets and think as if in the key of F.

Learn this part and you can play the song together with me and the singer in step 7 of the step by step lessons.


Wonderwall chords and lyrics – Capo 2


Chords for Wonderwall – Guitar 1

The intro 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 G5 | Dsus4 A7sus4 :||

The verse starts with identical chords to the intro.

| Em7 G5 | Dsus4 A7sus4 |
Today is gonna be the day that they’re gonna throw it back to you.
| Em7 G5 | Dsus4 A7sus4 |
By now you should’ve somehow realized what you gotta do.
| Em7 G5 | Dsus4 A7sus4 | C Dsus4 | A7sus4 |
I don’t believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now.

Verse 2 has slightly different chords to verse 1.

| Em7 G5 | Dsus4 A7sus4 |
Backbeat the word was on the street that the fire in your heart is out.
| Em7 G5 | Dsus4 A7sus4 |
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before but you never really had a doubt.
| Em7 G5 | Dsus4 A7sus4 | Em7 G5 | Dsus4 A7sus4 |
I don’t believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now.

Not moving to a C chord (chord IV) during the last verse means that when the bridge does start on chord IV, we feel as if we are going somewhere new.

| C Dsus4 | Em |
And all the roads we have to walk along are winding.
| C Dsus4 | Em |
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding.
| C Dsus4 | G5 D/F# Em D5 | A7sus4 | A7sus4 |
There are many things that I would like to say to you but I don’t know how.

The first chorus contains a 2/4 bar at the end. The G is not a G5 anymore.

| C Em | G Em | C Em | G Em |
Because maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me, and after all,
| C Em | G Em | C Em | G Em | Em | 2/4 G |
you’re my Wonderwall.

The next verse and bridge have the same chords as the last time you played them, the final chorus repeats longer.

||: C Em | G Em :||
||: I said maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me,
and after all, you’re my Wonderwall. :||

||: C Em | G Em :||
I said maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me.
You’re gonna be the one that saves me, you’re gonna be the one that saves me.


Wonderwall chord extensions

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

  • Em7 – An extension of an Em chord, one more note has been added, the note D.
  • Dsus4 – With its 3rd replaced by the 4th, we get a suspended D chord.
  • A7sus4 – Start with an A chord, extend it to a dom7 as well as suspended the 3rd to a 4th.
  • D/F# – With its 3rd in the bass, we bind the chords together as the bass moves: GD/F#Em
  • D5 – This is a D chord without a 3rd, it completes the descending bass line: G D/F# Em D5.
  • G5 – This is a G chord without a 3rd.

Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 3)

In the first video above, starting at 3:31, you find a preview of Wonderwall’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 3 of the course.

Here we discuss how to best strum Wonderwall’s verse. As we do, we discover how a beginner would approach this vs an experienced player. It’s got to do with dividing up the strumming pattern.

The first example in the lesson demonstrates how a beginner does it, you can find the TAB for this below.

To get all 7 examples of this verse, and learn how to divide up your strumming when playing Wonderwall and all other songs, sign up for my guitar course.


Wonderwall – Guitar Lessons

As Wonderwall is played using fast strumming, we must engage in some strumming exercises before we can play the complete song well.

Each section is studied in-depth, mainly focusing on how to divide up the strumming. The final step is to develop a 2nd guitar part.

Go to Wonderwall guitar lessons.


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.


Beginner Acoustic – 9 Songs

Beginner acoustic guitar songs

You can learn how to play these 9 beginner acoustic songs!

Ain’t No Sunshine, The Drugs Don’t Work, One More Cup Of Coffee, Redemption Song, Rewind, Robin Hood, Talking About A Revolution, Time Of Your Life, and Wonderwall.

Go to Beginner Acoustic Songs.