Hallelujah by Pentatonix – Piano Chords

For today’s song we’ll be playing along to Pentatonix version of Hallelujah.  Its not only a cappella, but its also on a very interesting scale that’s not normally used a lot and we need the practice.  The song is in the A# scale and plays on a somewhat odd rythm.

So, without further ado, lets try to play along to Hallelujah (originally by Leonard Cohen who passed away on the 7th of this month) as performed by Pentatonix.

Remember we are playing on the A# scale, I find that its easier to position my fingers on the Gm scale.  All white keys except the E and the B are playable, and the only black keys you’re allowed to play are the D# and the A#.  Scroll down to the end to find the video and play along.

          A#                       Gm                         A#                             Gm
I've heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the Lord
        Eb                     F                      A#          F
But you don't really care for music, do you?
     A#                         Eb             F          Gm                  Eb
It goes like this The fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major lift
         F                     D7              Gm
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

        Eb              Gm            Eb              A#  F     A#  Gm  A# Gm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelu uuu   jah.

          A#                                  Gm                         A#                     Gm
Your faith was strong but you needed proof You saw her bathing on the roof
        Eb                    F                    A#           F
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
        A#                 Eb          F            Gm                                       Eb
She tied you to a kitchen chair She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
         F                         D7                Gm
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

        Eb              Gm            Eb              A#  F     A#  Gm  A# Gm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelu uuu   jah.

A#                          Gm                   A#                          Gm
Baby I have been here before I'd see this room, I've walked this floor
    Eb                  F                    A#          F
I used to live alone before I knew you.
        A#                                Eb        F     Gm               Eb
I've seen your flag on the marble arch Love is not a victory march
         F                    D7              Gm
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

        Eb              Gm            Eb              A#         F     
Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelu uuu   jah.

           A#                     Gm                   A#               Gm
Well, maybe there's a God above But all I've ever learned from love
          Eb                          F                    A#          F
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
              A#                         Eb        F           Gm                               Eb
And it's not a cry that you hear at night It's not somebody who's seen the light
          F                    D7              Gm
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

        Eb              Gm            Eb              A#         F     
Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelu uuu   jah.
        Eb              Gm            Eb              A#         F     
Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelu uuu   jah.
        Eb              Gm            Eb              A#  F     Eb 
Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelu uuu   jah.

 

So, how did it go?  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment.  This is a very smooth song, take your time and don’t try to over play the melody (that is, don’t try to sing it with your piano first – try to play the chords to familiarize with the rhythm)

                        

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