Don't Dream It's Over Guitar Lesson – Crowded House

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In this Don’t Dream It’s Over guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play all of the chords and guitar solo for this Crowded House ballad.

Released in 1986 off of their self-titled debut album, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” became their biggest hit reaching the top of the charts all over the world.

The success of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” is because of it’s beautiful vocal melodies, thoughtful lyrics and great guitar work.

We will be using standard tuning for this one, just as guitarist/vocalist Neil Finn did on the original recording.

Pretty much all of the guitar parts require you to play bar chords throughout. The use of bar chords is what allows Finn to produce the snappy rhythms used in the picking hand. By doing the bar chords, you are able to control the muting and timing of each chord more effectively.

If you can play bar chords reasonably well, you shouldn’t have much trouble learning all of the rhythm guitar parts to “Don’t Dream It’s Over”.

In addition to those chords, guitarist Neil Finn plays a really cool guitar solo. This solo is great for the intermediate level guitarist to learn. I will show you how to play it phrase-by-phrase.

I hope you guys enjoy learning one of the greatest songs of the 80’s! #dontdreamitsoverguitarlesson #crowdedhouse #guitarcovers

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  1. Thanks Big Dog I really enjoyed this lesson

  2. uhhh
    I don't understand what barre chord is

  3. Great exercise to learn bar chords, thanks Carl, best teacher in the YouTube

  4. can you do 'All I Want' by Toad the wet sprockets?
    can you do Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin?

  5. A song made up in Stephen King's "the stand" linked me here….Irony because this song is in it too! 😀

  6. Thank you for that well-made lesson!

  7. I want to learn the guitar just to play this song.

  8. Thank you very much for your perfect teaching. Well done!

  9. Andrés F. Regalado Bucheli

    excellent lesson bro

  10. Antônio Amaro Vasconcelos

    Awesome guitar lesson!!! Thank you very much!!!

  11. The difference is training 6 days a week, twice a day and a rock solid diet. No mystery there. No money in the truth.

  12. Love 80's song and your good teaching

  13. It’s killing my hand!!

  14. intro is a pain in the ass for some reason

  15. Love this chord progression. Like a fine wine, you just roll with it.

  16. Hi Carl, brilliant….thanks!!!!

  17. Thanks Carl, I've visited a half dozen good sites while trying to earn guitar but only one is
    consistently excellent, coherent and correct. Yours !!

  18. Very helpful. Thank you!

  19. Just call me angel

    Can someone tell whats the original key of this song i find the tabs in 3 different keys.

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