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How to Play "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen

Well… here it is! The full solo fingerstyle guitar version of the famous Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah”. It’s a pretty challenging one, but I’ve got the TAB to help as you learn it. You can find that here.

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This arrangement uses a capo on the fifth fret so we can use our open G chord shapes but still play in the key of C major. There aren’t too many chords in this song, but you do have to use a couple of bar chords toward the end. 

To make learning this song easier, I suggest starting out by learning the basic chord progression and shapes used in the TAB. From there, you can work just the bass line with your thumb. Once you have that down, you can throw in the melody on top with your fingers.  

It may take a while to get this one down but don’t get discouraged. Consistent practice is key. Take it one measure at a time and practice slowly enough to where you are making zero mistakes. 

If you have any questions or need help with this song, you can schedule a private lesson with me here. The first lesson is complimentary, so there is no risk or obligation. Leave any comments you may have below and let us know how you are progressing with this song or any other song you are currently learning. 


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