Lilac Wine Guitar Lesson – Jeff Buckley

In this Lilac Wine guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play all the chords to Jeff Buckley's great cover of this classic song by James Shelton.

The tuning is dropped D tuning. That is, starting from the 6th string, D A D G B E.

Jeff Buckley plays some great chord voicings throughout his performance of this song. I will take you through each chord progression in the order that each appears on the original recording.

You will notice that he uses some standard fingerstyle technique along with a strummed fingerstyle technique that involves him sort of brushing the strings with an upward strum of his index finger to help facilitate a very soft sound.

Have fun adding this beautiful song to your repertoire!


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Lilac Wine Guitar Lesson - Jeff Buckley


  1. Kevin Casey on May 2, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    The backup guitar sound doesn’t sound like a guitar. I don’t know how to describe it. It has this wonderful howling sound that his backup guitar player plays with a slide in the performance at Chicago in 1995. I hope you can explain it since it makes the song, I think.

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