Lana Del Rey

Once Upon a Dream

The 2014 film Maleficent is a dark retelling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, the evil fairy who curses Princess Aurora to fall into a deep sleep on her sixteenth birthday.

The film’s theme song, “Once Upon a Dream,” is a haunting and beautiful ballad by Lana Del Rey.

How to play Lana Del Rey’s Once Upon a Dream for classical guitar

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The tab for Once Upon a Dream is neatly split between two pages. The order of play is simple: you’ll play page 1, then page 2, then page 1 again.

Although I’m oscillating between a G major and B minor shape in the very beginning, the B minor shape does not have to be barred — as you’re only playing the middle four strings of the chord. I only mention this because, as a guitar teacher, bar chords seem to be a sticking point for beginner guitarists.

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

**Lana Del Rey: Once Upon a Dream | fingerstyle guitar

Once Upon a Dream is tuned one whole step down. The tuning is as follows, from low to high: D G C F A D.