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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Written by George Harrison of The Beatles for their double album The Beatles (also known as The White Album)

Published: 01 Oct 2011 Updated: 08 Aug 2020Visits: 269Code: UL517

Topic: Beatles ukulele leadsheet Subjects: Repertoire Rock

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

While My Guitar Gently Weeps is a song written by George Harrison of The Beatles for their double album The Beatles (also known as The White Album).

The song was ranked #135 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time and #7 on their list of the 100 greatest guitar songs of all time.

Inspiration for the song came to Harrison when reading the I Ching, which, as he put it, "seemed to me to be based on the Eastern concept that everything is relative to everything else...opposed to the Western view that things are merely coincidental." Taking this idea of relativism to his parents’ home in northern England, Harrison committed to write a song based on the first words he saw upon opening a random book. Those words were “gently weeps”, and he immediately began the song. As he said:

"I wrote "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at my mother's house in Warrington. I was thinking about the Chinese I Ching, the Book of Changes... The Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be, and that there's no such thing as coincidence - every little item that's going down has a purpose.

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was a simple study based on that theory. I decided to write a song based on the first thing I saw upon opening any book - as it would be a relative to that moment, at that time. I picked up a book at random, opened it, saw 'gently weeps', then laid the book down again and started the song."

  • George Harrison – double-tracked vocal, backing vocal, acoustic guitar, Hammond organ
  • Paul McCartney – backing vocal, piano, organ, bass
  • John Lennon – electric guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
  • Eric Clapton – lead guitar

Common Keys: =Am, First Melodic Interval: P5 ↑ M2

Performance Notes

For the slash chords, the Am/G, Am/F# and Am/F. You can just stick with the basic Am chords. The note after the slash is a descending bass line that we can not get in a ukulele with a high fourth string.

MuseScore is a FREE Open Source and the World’s most popular music notation software with a lot of great sources of scores, tutorials, and reference material. I use it on my iMac and Linux system. Finally get to bag the subscription for Sibelius.

Musescore files can be played back as an aide in learning a part.

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement, Key of Am

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Chord Lead Sheet, Key of Am

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

The George Harrison classic for solo ukulele.

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

A Curt Sheller Trio performance for the Berks Jazz Fest. While My Guitar Gently Weeps is a song written by George Harrison.

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