Adele – Hello Guitar Lesson – Chords

In this acoustic guitar lesson I will show you how to play Hello by Adele, including all of the chords.

This beautiful song, which originally recorded on the piano, works quite well on the guitar which just a couple of quick adjustments. First off, I am tuning the guitar to dropped "D" tuning (D A D G B E) and then adding a capo at the 1st fret.

The reason I feel this is necessary is in order to get that low Eb note in the bass. That note is the foundation of two of the most important chords in the song and by making the tuning change and adding a capo it makes it easier to play.

The are a few different chord progressions found in the song but most of them use the same chords albeit in a different order. I will give you the exact minutes and seconds mark of the song that each new section I am teaching in the lesson is at. That will make it easy to understand what you are learning at all times.

The song is in F minor and the main chord progression you will learn first is a Fm - Ab/Eb - Eb - Db. That Ab/Eb chord is used to give the progression a more unpredictable sound while still staying musical. You will probably find some chord charts for this song that just use a standard Ab for this intro and verse progression, but the sound of the Eb in the bass really stands out and makes it unique. That is why I felt is was worth putting the guitar into dropped "D" tuning in order to achieve that chord in an easy to play yet musical way.

You will probably come across same different ways to play some chords you have played before because of the tuning. Hopefully, these new chord voicings will inspire you to come up with your own chord progressions.

Have fun with this one!


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Adele - How to Play Hello - Chords


  1. Megan on May 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Awesome videos! Would you be interested in doing Big empty by the stone temple pilots?

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