Suzanne Guitar Lesson – Leonard Cohen

In this Suzanne guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this beautiful fingerstyle acoustic classic by Leonard Cohen in it's entirety.

On the original recording, Leonard Cohen played a nylon string aocustic guitar in standard tuning. I will be using the same setup for this video lesson. However, feel free to play the song on a steel string acoustic as well, it will still sound great.

The entire song is based around just four different chords. There is also a repeated fingerpicking pattern used throughout 95% percent of the song. If you can play that fingerpicking pattern across all four chord shapes, then you can pretty much play "Suzanne".

However, there are a few variations on the picking pattern that Leonard Cohen throws in there as well. I will cover those slight variations in detail so you can play exactly what he plays if you wish.

Towards the end of the video lesson, I will break down the entire chord progression along with how many times the picking pattern is played for each chord. You may want to write it down as I go through it.

After you get the long chord progression memorized, the entire song is simply that exact same chord progression played 3 times in a row.

In any case, I hope you guys enjoy learning some cool fingerpicking chops while playing this beautiful song by the late great Leonard Cohen.


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Suzanne Guitar Lesson - Leonard Cohen


  1. ron schwartz on November 18, 2016 at 6:55 am

    I really coulda used this in 1968, lol

  2. Jon Sweeney on October 31, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks very much Carl! neat picking pattern and classic great song.

  3. Jon Sweeney on November 4, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    Fun to learn the fingerpicking in this classic song, Carl. Thanks!

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