While My Guitar Gently Weeps [Dm] by The Beatles

Ah, The Beatles. George Harrison really outdid himself with this one. If you ask me (and many others, I’m sure), this is one of the greatest songs ever written and I offer my deepest apologies for taking so long to do a lesson on it!

This particular version I’m doing today is more like the original demo version. It was recently used in the Cirque du Soleil show based on their music, and it’s in a different key from the original recording.

Straight off, there’s nothing too terribly crazy – standard tuning with a capo on the fifth fret. The chord structure doesn’t deviate too much throughout the song, but there are a few unavoidable bar chords in there, I’m afraid. There is some interesting fingering that may feel a bit awkward at first, too, but it can be easier to play through this particular progression with the alternative fingerings than it would be with some of the more traditional chord shapes. Once you get the chords and fingerings all down, you can worry about the strumming pattern.

Here, we’ve got some strumming interspersed with some picking. To start off, you can just strum the full chords in rhythm, but to make it more interesting, you can pick individual strings within the pattern. For the most part, you’ll want to keep the pattern pretty consistent throughout the tune, and you’ll also want to make sure your strumming hand is constantly moving.

When it all comes together, it really makes a beautiful acoustic version of the song.