Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah (Tabs)

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah (Tab)

I wrote up the chords for Hallelujah way back in 2008. But, since it’s a huge hit with ukulelists, I wanted to do an instrumental version as a little tribute to Leonard Cohen. And a tribute to Jeff Buckley since the intro is completely ripped off from his incredible version.

I try to keep most of my tabs fairly disciplined and work them up fully beforehand. It’s easier for people to read and learn that way. But be warned: this one I played pretty freely then tabbed out what I played. So the fingerpicking is all over the place.

In the verse the melody is everything played on the A-string plus the third fret of the E-string. Everything else is backing so should be played a little more softly. The chorus is more strange since the melody notes are played on the g-, C- and E-strings. I’ve notated all the melody notes with an accent > above them.


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  1. Luke November 18th, 2016 1:28 am

    Awesome! Could you make a Frantic Disembowlment? Thanks!

  2. Doreen November 18th, 2016 2:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Beautiful!?

  3. Tina November 18th, 2016 2:18 pm

    Thank you so much. Can’t wait to get going on this song.

  4. John November 18th, 2016 3:37 pm

    This is a beautiful arrangement. I have played arrangements of this song from other artist and I find yours moves very nice, often less is more. Thank you for your interpretation of this song.

  5. Cheryl November 18th, 2016 5:08 pm

    Your playing is beautiful, Al! Thank you for tabbing this out, I am going to work on it today. I’ve played this song many times, but not as beautifully as this.

  6. Woodshed November 18th, 2016 9:30 pm

    Luke: Thanks! Unlikely, I’m afraid.

    Doreen: Thanks!

    Tina: Happy practicing!

    John: Thanks so much1

    Cheryl: Thanks! Hope you enjoy playing it.

  7. Noreen November 19th, 2016 1:15 am

    Love the tribute to a favourite and glad you borrowed from jeff Buckley. This may take over the weekend plans! Beautifully played!

  8. Kim November 19th, 2016 2:46 am

    Thank you so much. I spent the day with this tab. A tab request please. Twilight Time by The Platters.

  9. Woodshed November 19th, 2016 5:11 pm

    Noreen: Thanks! Have a good weekend!

  10. Woodshed November 19th, 2016 5:11 pm

    Kim: Thanks! Unlikely, I’m afraid.

  11. Luke November 27th, 2016 3:23 pm

    Haha, I didn’t really expect that! Could you do Metallica tabs maybe? Or Megadeth? Thanks!

  12. Jonathan Arcangel January 7th, 2017 8:16 pm

    This tab is really great, the only question i have is about in the chorus after the F chord when it goes to A-, the 3rd string fourth fret doesnt seem right…

  13. Woodshed January 8th, 2017 2:02 pm

    Jonathan: It is what I’m playing in the video. That’s the best I can do, I’m afraid!

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