Hello friends, today I want to talk about one of my all-time favorite songs, “Norwegian Wood” by The Beatles. You know the one, “I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me.” Classic stuff.
Let’s start things off with an image from myuke.ca:
Now, if you’re not already familiar with the song, you might be wondering why it’s called “Norwegian Wood.” Well, according to legend, John Lennon wrote the lyrics in response to an affair he was having with a woman who decorated her flat with Norwegian wood, and then burned it when he left. Ouch!
Next up, we have a sheet music preview from Guitar Instructor:
But enough about the drama behind the song. Let’s talk about why it’s so great. For starters, that opening riff is instantly recognizable and totally iconic. And then there’s the lyrics themselves, which paint such a vivid picture of a failed romance. It’s both melancholy and catchy at the same time. I could listen to it on repeat for hours.
Up next, we have the chords from traditionalmusic.co.uk:
Now, if you’re someone who likes to play along at home, you might be wondering how to tackle this song on your own instrument. Well, luckily for you, it’s actually not too difficult. The chord progression is fairly simple and straightforward (it’s just G – D – Em – G for the verses), and the melody isn’t too complex either. So even if you’re relatively new to playing guitar or ukulele, you should be able to pick this one up pretty quickly.
Looking for an easy guitar tab to get started? Check out this preview from Guitar Instructor:
Of course, playing the song is just one small piece of the puzzle. There’s also the matter of really feeling the emotion behind the lyrics and conveying that to your audience. And that’s where the true artistry lies. Whether you’re performing for thousands of people or just playing for yourself in your bedroom, the key is to really lose yourself in the music and let it take you away.
Finally, we have another ukulele preview from Guitar Instructor:
So there you have it, folks. Norwegian Wood by The Beatles, a true masterpiece of a song. Play it on the guitar, play it on the ukulele, sing it loud and proud. And most importantly, feel all the feels.
Thanks for joining me on this little journey. Until next time, keep on rockin’.