Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

Chords used:

Video Tutorial

Hallelujah intro, verse & chorus tab:

If you can stretch with your thumb, here is an alternative open chord to the F11 barre chord. Place your index finger on the B string 1st fret, your middle finger on the high E string 1st fret, your ring finger on the G string 2nd fret and fold the end of your thumb over the bass E string. Its a natural chord change from the Am as your index finger does not move off the B string (just back slightly) during the change.

If you have found this video/tab useful please consider making a small donation via PayPal or gofundme to help with further tutorial creation and site administration.
Thank you so much for your support.
Alan (Guitar Tutor Man).

63 Responses to Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

  1. herman says:

    Dear Alen
    Your tutotials are wonderful and very effective. I’m a 63 years old autodidact on guitar but this lessons help me more than years practising. I’m very thankful, keep on going and the best wishes for 2012. I dare not ask but if you ever find the time…the song Native from Griffin House.

    • alan says:

      Hi there!
      Thank you for your very nice comment, I really appreciate you taking the time.
      Best of luck with your playing in 2012.
      Happy New Year.
      (p.s. I will look into your request).

  2. Felix Ramos says:

    Alan, your tutorials are AWESOME, simple, and to the point. I will definitely recomend your page and give some donations. Keep the good work!

  3. Jérémy says:

    I used to play classic guitar (for 11 years…), and I begin to play with an accoustic one but I can’t get the patterns of the song, and your tutorials are great for that.
    Big Thanks from France

  4. carine says:

    wonderful Tuto…;-) Thanks!

  5. Marina says:

    Thanks from Spain, your tutorials are very helpful, the best guitar tutorials on youtube 🙂

  6. Quan says:

    Hi Alan,
    great Tabs and Lessons! They are so useful!

    Best wishes from Germany!


  7. Anton says:

    Danke, aus Österreich.
    Hast mir sehr geholfen!

    ( Thanks, from Austria. Do me a lot! )

  8. DOUG SIMPKINS says:



    • alan says:

      Thanks for your kind words Doug, I am happy my videos are working for you.
      Best wishes with your playing.

  9. Dan says:

    Dear Alan,

    I am a 17 year old aspiring guitarists and your tabs have proved so helpful. All of your tutorials are excellent. Hopefully I can play like this someday. Thank You So Much.


  10. Ruben Aguirre says:

    Alan, you are a fantastic teacher, and a brilliant guitar player as well. I stopped playing guitar for about 2 years, and your lessons are fantastically refreshing.
    God bless you, have a nice day.

  11. Erwan says:

    Hello Alan,

    I thank you for all these tabs and all the time you take for us 🙂

    Sorry for my basic language, I’m a french…

    Good luck at you and continue,

    An youtuber.

  12. yanglin says:

    Hi Alan,

    this TAB is absolutely brilliant! its just the one i have been looking for, i am self-taught finger style guitar player, will start learning this today, is there a way to download this TAB and print it off?

    cheers from New zealand

  13. Hanno says:

    Hey Alan,

    Would just like to thank you and leave some more positive feedback here, you have no clue how much that video helped (as well as the alternative to playing that F11, I’m still a beginner and struggling a bit)

    Saw a bunch of your other videos and I’m really excited, feels like I’ll be able to play something for the first time and make it sound nice!

    You’re doing an awesome job, and I’m sure everyone appreciates the effort!


    • alan says:

      Thank you, I really appreciate your kind words; your positive feedback keeps me motivated. Best wishes with your playing (the hard work involved in learning the guitar will pay off, it is very satisfying).

  14. Maria says:

    Dear Alan,

    I’ve always wanted to play “Hallelujah” and your tutorial has helped me a lot! Thank you very much, it’s really simple to understand and totally helpful. Keep going on, you’re doing a great work!

    Best regards 🙂

  15. Alex says:

    Hi Alan
    Thank you for your great tutorials, as said before, simple and to the point
    all the best from Moldova (Europe)

  16. Jan says:

    it’s a very nice song and you play it also very nice alan

  17. sulma says:

    Eres fenomenal……………;O)……….

  18. Jim says:

    Fantastic website. You are a great guitar player.

    This is helping me and my wife to finally learn playing some guitar without going to music school!

    • alan says:

      Thank you very much for your kind words, I am so glad my videos are helping you and your family. All the best with your playing.
      Alan 🙂

  19. Armand says:

    Merci Beaucoup vos Tabs m’ont vraiment aider Mr.Alan 🙂

    Thanks from France 🙂

  20. Patryk says:

    Hey, greetings from Poland.
    You ROCK!!! \m/_ d-.^b _\m/

  21. Bartek says:

    Hi Alan ,your whole work is awesome!
    Take care of yourself!:)

  22. Roger says:

    Thanks Alan, your excellent layout of the lessons combined with your singing is leaps and bounds above so many others. Sent a small donation in appreciation of the enjoyment you have given me. After two years of learning, I can finally play and sing a long to a few of the songs here. Looking forward to what 2013 will bring.

    • alan says:

      Hi Roger, thank you for your kind words and donation, they are very much appreciated; You have made my day.
      All the best with your playing and Happy New Year.
      Alan 🙂

  23. daniel says:

    super chanson. Superbement interprété et trés bien expliqué

  24. Alberto says:

    Alan i really appreciate your lessons they are very good i hope you upload someday a lesson about some hank williams jr ,lynyrd skynyrd ,elvis, or maybe the highwaymen songs , i would be very thankful 🙂 sorry for my english, i´m spanish. You rock!

  25. AussieGirl says:

    1st song I ever learned to play on guitar…. Hallelulah
    Date I learned to play it? … today!
    Thanks so much Alan, I adore this song and you play it so beautifully, I found your tutorial invaluable. I love that you give a plucking guide as well as the cord timing, I
    will be coming back!
    Now, must go practice…. 🙂

  26. hakoo says:

    thank u so much !! this is a great and easy tutorial in the same time !!! carry on matt !! 🙂

  27. edgar says:

    the tutorials are amazing and i wish to get better withe time i am just 13 years old and its hard playing for so when i found this website i thought it will be like other websites who just talk but dont show nor make sense so now that i found your website i have gotten more better and once again thanks

  28. john Mcovish says:

    pretty awesome this tutorial, thanks for help people,like me that are new in the guitar,
    best tutorial i ever see, wishes from Venezuela

  29. miguel says:

    So I learned a version of this song a while back but then I forgot how to play it. Luckily, I found your vid on YouTube and I also found these chords. Thank God I found this tutorial, it really helped me out because I need to learn this song for a show in a few days so thank you so much!

  30. Oláh Károly says:

    Dear Alan. I learn with you this beautiful song. This is the second day, and it goes better, than yesterday. Thank you for this easy tutorial. I will learn with you playing on the guitar. Thank you.

  31. Antonella says:

    Hi Alan,
    I’m writing from France, since I have heard that my son will be singing Space Oddity with the school in occasion of the international day I have started to learn using your video on YouTube. I have visited more videos but I like yours the most. I’m only a debutant but I feel I can eventually achieve to play the song, maybe in few years time…
    Now I have a question for you, did you also do a tab for the song? I think if I have a tab it will take less years. I could get any other tab but I really like your arrangement.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge, I really appreciate it.
    Leo and mom

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