"Unchained Melody" Guitar Tutorial – Classic Fingerpicker | Righteous Brothers

"Unchained Melody" Guitar Tutorial - Classic Fingerpicker | Righteous Brothers

Hey everyone! In today’s lesson, I’m going to show you how to play “Unchained Melody,” originally written by Alex North and Hy Zaret for the 1955 movie “Unchained.” We’ll be doing the most popular version, recorded by the Righteous Brothers in 1965 (more specifically Bobby Hatfield).

Throughout the video I mention some of my resources, like my free eBook, barre chord course, and complete beginner’s course. These resources are designed to help you do it better and faster.

Free eBook: https://goodguitarist.com/learn-rhythm-guitar/
Beginner’s Course: https://goodguitarist.com/beginner-guitar-course
Barre Chord Course: https://goodguitarist.com/barre-chords

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1:59 – CHORDS + SWITCHING TIPS
3:35 – SWITCHING PRACTICE
5:01 – PICKING PATTERN
8:43 – PLAY-ALONG (A-SECTION)
10:30 – CHORUS (B-SECTION)
13:04 – BRIDGE (C-SECTION)
17:49 – THE ENDING
19:19 – CHORD CHART (TAB)

The lesson begins with the chord shapes needed for the first section: C, Am, F and G. I teach you these chords along with an easy way to play F, and then give you some tips on how to make the switching more efficient. Then we practice switching using down strokes only keeping it nice and simple.

Following that, we take a look at the finger picking pattern which is one of the more basic ones: just ascending and descending. We work out the timing, since this song does have an interesting time signature of 12/8.

Next, I show you the chorus, followed by the bridge. These two sections require a few new chord shapes: Em, C7, Eb. That last one, Eb, is going to be a little bit tricky but we work on some strategies to make it much simpler and easier.

We go through the chord order for these sections, practicing them together, and then finally I show you how to assemble the entire song and we write out our own tab together.

I hope you enjoy this lesson – till next time!
-James

Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers (Bobby Hatfield)


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8 comments

  1. TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1:59 – CHORDS + SWITCHING TIPS
    3:35 – SWITCHING PRACTICE
    5:01 – PICKING PATTERN
    8:43 – PLAY-ALONG (A-SECTION)
    10:30 – CHORUS (B-SECTION)
    13:04 – BRIDGE (C-SECTION)
    17:49 – THE ENDING
    19:19 – CHORD CHART (TAB)

  2. Thank you, Master!

  3. Thanks for this great tutorial! Very useful to exercise with!

  4. Can you make a tutorial from THE MAMA S AND THE PAPA S….. THX….. IT S CALLED MONDAY MONDAY..

  5. Can you make a tutorial for ‘Let Me In’ by Skinny Living ?

  6. Odd, every G pattern in the first minute and fifteen seconds sounds like it has three bass notes on the one count? (duh, duh, dum…) Must be an echo in the amp/mic/recording? Sounds kind of cool, I waited for the later pattern description to see how you did that – but no different pattern. Thank you so much for the great lesson, James!

  7. brilliant way to teach ty might be my 1st learn't song

  8. Love u sir…
    I m from india

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