Unchained Melody

Unchained Melody is nearly 70 years old. It was initially written (by Alex North and Hy Zaret) as a theme for a prison film entitled, Unchained (1955).  The song was popularized by The Righteous Brothers a decade later in 1965. My favorite is the 1977 Elvis version from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The performance is so good, it’s up there with Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah.

I totally poached this idea from composer, Gustavo Santaolalla’s Instagram. He was demoing guitars and played a short fingerstyle version of Unchained Melody with the Elvis vocal phrasing. I took what he was doing — and expanded it to the entire song with all the bells and whistles.

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Spotify and streaming

You can find Unchained melody on Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music, and all streaming services:

Unchained Melody on Spotify

Unchained Melody on Apple

How to play Unchained Melody | fingerstyle guitar

The guitar tab for this piece is beautifully written across 3 pages. Although the chord shapes are relatively, I recommend this for intermediate guitar players and up. If you’re not familiar with my right hand technique, here’s short post on how to do it.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

**Unchained Melody | fingerstyle guitar

This piece is played in standard tuning.