Hey everyone! In today’s lesson, I’m going to show you how to play “Unchained Melody,” originally written by Alex North and Hy Zaret for the 1955 movie “Unchained.” We’ll be doing the most popular version, recorded by the Righteous Brothers in 1965 (more specifically Bobby Hatfield).
Throughout the video I mention some of my resources, like my free eBook, barre chord course, and complete beginner’s course. These resources are designed to help you do it better and faster.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1:59 – CHORDS + SWITCHING TIPS
3:35 – SWITCHING PRACTICE
5:01 – PICKING PATTERN
8:43 – PLAY-ALONG (A-SECTION)
10:30 – CHORUS (B-SECTION)
13:04 – BRIDGE (C-SECTION)
17:49 – THE ENDING
19:19 – CHORD CHART (TAB)
The lesson begins with the chord shapes needed for the first section: C, Am, F and G. I teach you these chords along with an easy way to play F, and then give you some tips on how to make the switching more efficient. Then we practice switching using down strokes only keeping it nice and simple.
Following that, we take a look at the finger picking pattern which is one of the more basic ones: just ascending and descending. We work out the timing, since this song does have an interesting time signature of 12/8.
Next, I show you the chorus, followed by the bridge. These two sections require a few new chord shapes: Em, C7, Eb. That last one, Eb, is going to be a little bit tricky but we work on some strategies to make it much simpler and easier.
We go through the chord order for these sections, practicing them together, and then finally I show you how to assemble the entire song and we write out our own tab together.
I hope you enjoy this lesson – till next time!