Imagine Acoustic Guitar Lesson Video – John Lennon

In this Imagine acoustic guitar lesson video we will be covering a special guitar arrangement for the all time John Lennon classic.

I have a arranged the piano parts to be played easily on acoustic guitar with some basic chords and fingerpicking. Imagine is probably John Lennon's most popular song outside of his work with the Beatles. Luckily, even though it was recorded on piano, it fits quite nicely on the guitar as well.

In this Imagine acoustic guitar lesson video there are 3 parts to learn for the full song and each one is broken down for you.

This was a fun one to do.  I love the song and I know there are so many people around the world that would love to learn how to play Imagine on the guitar. So here ya go!!

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Imagine Acoustic Guitar Lesson


  1. Electric Guitar Builder on November 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Nice video. I have been looking for a good way to learn this song – Thanks!

  2. janet wilson on January 1, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Would love for you to play this song from start to finish and play along with you, love your version

  3. Pekay on February 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I have been wanting to learn this song for such a long time- an excellent tutor you are and you have made it so easy to learn. Keep up the good work.

  4. Mike on October 5, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Nice Carl, great tune!

  5. Your Name on January 22, 2012 at 2:30 am

    What’s the tunning?

  6. Brett (Merf) Murphy on February 17, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Oh wow, that’s nice man. thank you.

  7. Abraham on June 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Great, could you use a pick to play (arpeggiate)

  8. Robert on May 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Great lesson. Do you have notation or tab for the entire song Imagine. That would be very helpful in learning it while not at the computer.

  9. Anindya Das on June 23, 2013 at 1:41 am

    hi…first of all thanks for d grt guitar videos that u post….dey r really helpful for various n techniques n ur teaching style is also unique…
    my qstn may be slight out of d topic as i wanna know which guitar to buy..
    cort x1 or fender…price is a constraint n cort is available at a cheaper price…n i love to play pink floyd songs,some guns n roses like sweet child n few of john petrucci’s instrumentals like glassglow kiss…so can cort x1 give the satisfaction??
    pls pls pls rply…i m waintng for ur kind rply,,..

    thank u..
    Anindya Das

    • Carl Brown on June 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Well my opinion is a bit biased because I love Fender so much. The true decider is actually trying out the guitars and finding one that suits you the best in your price range.

      If it is a little to expensive it is best in my opinion to save your money a little while longer and get the one you want. That will inspire you to play more in the long run, which is what it is all about. So don’t think about brands, just go with the guitar that feels and sounds the best to you. Fender isn’t for everyone, but may be the perfect guitar for you.. 🙂

      Hope this helps! Carl..

  10. Hanna on August 24, 2013 at 4:29 am

    I really like your video and i’ve learned to play all 3 party by now. but i can’t figure out the order…could anyone explain?


    • Carl Brown on August 24, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Hey Hanna, glad you are enjoying the video.

      The best way to make sure you are playing everything the right amount of times and in the right places is just to play along with the song a few times.

      That will also develop your ear a lot better to. It should be pretty easy to know which part to play at each section of the song even though you are listening to piano.

      Give it a try and try not to think about how many times your are playing each part, just listen to the song a follow along naturally. 🙂

      Let me know how it goes! Carl…

  11. nancyjean on January 10, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Thanks for finger style lessons – I’m 60 years old and just starting my lifelong dream to learn guitar. You make me think it’s possible.

    • Carl Brown on January 10, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks for watching! I have a lot of great finger style lessons coming to the site starting this week so I hope you enjoy those as well.!


  12. hank on May 29, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    carl could he also be doing a full strumming pattern beginning from F then proceeding to C and back to F?

    • Carl Brown on May 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      I guess you can do whatever way you want since it isn’t on guitar anyway.

      I just tried to recreate the feel of the piano part with my rhythm. 🙂


  13. tony on September 8, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Can you teach Suite Madam Blue… I have been working on it but Im stuck or as far as I can get on my own ..Thanks

  14. Anonymous on September 13, 2014 at 5:56 am

    I have a lot of video tutorial on my external hard drive. But when i found this tutorial it was amazing it it is very helpful. Thanks a lot Carl!!!!

  15. David Baker on January 7, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    His YouTube video sounds like key of B played on piano octave below middle C. Your opinion?

    • Carl Brown on January 9, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Not sure of the YouTube video you are looking at, but when compressing video sometimes the sound can get a bit off. The original recording is a half-step higher in C major. 🙂

  16. Michael Roberts on June 13, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Do you have the tab for this?

  17. George Kerr on February 4, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Are thete going 2 be any more free songs?

    • Carl Brown on February 4, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      Yes of course. I will have at least a couple new songs a week. I am just now finishing up all the work I needed to do to create the new GL365 Academy along with the new design of the site. That work has prevented me from doing any new lessons for 5 weeks.

      So tomorrow I will begin creating lessons again for both the Academy and songs for YouTube.

      Glad to be back! The web developers should take the new site live sometime this week I am assuming.

  18. Daryl on May 6, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Very nice Carl. I always wanted to learn this song. Your guitar sounds amazing. Many thanks.

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