download (3)So, a major screw-up on my part was literally forgetting how much Jeff Buckley directly influenced my guitar playing — especially when writing the descriptions for my new album. I supposed I was so excited to get my EP out there that I sited whatever to came to mind: Gustavo Santaolalla, Dustin O’Halloran, The Verve, etc.

But really and truly, my love of uncommon open chords (in standard tuning) and over-washed reverb came from the originator himself, Jeff Buckley.

I can play every song on Grace and Sketches with exactitude, so it wasn’t hard to formulate something for my nylon-string guitar.

My idea for Hallelujah was to assemble singular guitar piece that would serve as an examination Jeff Buckley’s incredible guitar style. Although Buckley’s rendition is very loose and improvisational, I’ve isolated (what I feel are) the three main sections: the classic and moody intro, the verse/chorus, and the solo section.

How to play Hallelujah for classical guitar

You can find pretty good tabs for Hallelujah here.  In my version, I’ve adapted the solo section for the lower octave, so you’ll be able to play this on any acoustic guitar.  I’m also confident that I’ve included some subtle nuances that aren’t found in your typical internet tabs.

Jeff Buckley uses a gentle, upward swiping motion to clip (or strum) the chord parts on the higher strings (especially in the refrain).

I love this and I hope you enjoy it too! The tab is available below:

Hallelujah is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 5th fret. 

Hallelujah (Tab)


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Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.