GUITAR CHORDS BEGINNERS – HALLELUJAH

Beginners guitar chords can still seem a bit daunting especially as they are called ‘beginners guitar chords’.

Going back to my very first day as a beginner guitarist, I was happy to even play a note or two, let alone master a chord, in all honesty, I was so overwhelmed at the thought of placing so many fingers down at once, I simply avoided my first chords for a few weeks.

Now time has moved on and I am no more a beginner guitarist, I decided to revisit the fundamental chord shapes I first learnt and adapt them.
BEGINNER CHORD BASICS

In “Theory” a chord is just three or more notes played together.
So with this goal of playing a chord in mind, we only need to strike three or more strings to make a chord.

A good question to ask now, would be; why do “beginner” guitar chords have more than one or two fingers down at once and generally play 4, 5 or 6 strings?

The chords floating around the internet and many great books for guitar have simply become standard go to’s in practice.
Which is great, we have a good foundation in place that most guitarists should know.

But bare in mind, I spent a few weeks to even months completely avoiding these chords as I thought they looked too complicated….
As do many children and even adults.

As a chord only requires three or more notes to resonate at once, I have supplied what I consider to be the easiest ways I have found to play chords for Hallelujah and any other song that will require the chords, C, Am, F, G & E7.

A great way to practice these will be to strum twice for each chord and do your best to move to the next.

I hope you enjoy this simplified tutorial, the images below and the song.
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Intro

C Am C Am

Verse 1
  C                 Am
I heard there was a secret chord
  C                   Am
That David played and it pleased the lord
     F                    G                      C                       G
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
        C                                      F             G
Well it goes like this the fourth, the fifth
    Am                               F
The minor fall and the major lift
    G                    E7                        Am
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Chorus
     F           Am          F           C    G   C
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah ….

Verse 2
         C                        Am
Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
    C               Am
You saw her bathing on the roof
    F              G             C            G
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
C                   F       G
She tied you to her kitchen chair
    Am                        F
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
    G                  E7            Am
And from your lips she drew the hallelujah

Chorus
     F           Am          F           C    G   C
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah ….

Verse 3
C              Am
Baby I’ve been here before
     C                       Am
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
  F             G             C          G
I used to live alone before I knew you
C                          F      G
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
    Am                    F
But love is not a victory march
       G               E7          Am
It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah

Chorus
     F           Am          F           C    G   C
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah ….

Verse 4
     C                         Am
Well there was a time when you let me know
       C            Am
What’s really going on below
    F             G               C        G
But now you never show that to me do you
      C             F        G
But remember when I moved in you
       Am            F
And the holy dove was moving too
    G               E7            Am
And every breath we drew was hallelujah

Chorus
     F           Am          F           C    G   C
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah ….

Verse 5
      C               Am
Well, maybe there’s a god above
    C             Am
But all I’ve ever learned from love
    F                G           C          G
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
     C                  F       G
It’s not a cry that you hear at night
     Am                 F
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
       G               E7          Am
It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah

   Outro
     F           Am          F           C    G   C
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah ….

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