- Barre chords
Hey There Delilah is a wonderful love song with a great melody, that’s actually not as difficult as it may seem at first. If you are the singing type, once you learn the guitar melody, you’ll find that singing along to the song is easy, as the melody is repetitive.
It involves fingerpicking, where you use your thumb to add a constant bass beat that sets the rhythm, fretting chords, and picking double strings with your fingers.
The guitar melody of the song is repetitive, as with most fingerpicking songs, so if you are at a stage where you are more or less comfortable with this technique and holding bar chords, you’ll find this song simple. Either way, practicing this song will give you a great fingerpicking exercise, while giving your fretting hand a workout as well thanks to the bar chords.
All in all, this video guitar lesson is great for beginner-intermediate guitarists, as it improves your fingerpicking technique, your sense of rhythm, and chords changes. Make sure to download and have your guitar tabs handy when you practice this song, as it's easy to get lost in the different parts otherwise.
Hey There Delilah song details
Hey There Delilah was released by the Plain White Ts in their 2005 album, All That We Needed. Interestingly enough, the song didn’t become a success until mid-2007, 2 years after its initial debut. The song was written by lead singer-guitarist Tom Higginson and is a love song inspired by a girl that he did not actually date.
Hey There Delilah awards and chart rankings
Hey There Delilah became a chart-topping hit across the world in the year 2007. The below is a list of its most important achievements, as there are too many to list fully.
- Eurochart Hot 100 Singles: #1
- U.S. Billboard Hot 100: #1
- U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks: #1
- U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks: #3
- Time - The 10 Best Songs of 2007: #7
- Nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008
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