Brahms Lullaby, originally known as Wiegenlied (Op. 49, No. 4) is one of Johannes Brahms most popular pieces. In this post, we’ll be covering the guitar chords, melody with tabs, and a simple guitar arrangement that you can try out.
Let’s get started.
How to read the guitar chord charts
To clarify how to read the chord charts, the top horizontal line represents the high E string and the bottom horizontal line represents the low E string. The vertical lines separate each fret. The numbers in the blue dots tell you which fingers to use on the fretting hand.
For example, on the G Major chord, you use the:
- 2nd finger on the 6th string, 3rd fret
- 1st finger on the 5th string, 2nd fret
- 3rd finger on the 2nd string, 3rd fret
- 4th finger on the 1st string, 3rd fret
- Circles represent open strings
- On some other chords, X means to avoid the string
You can check this link for more on how to read guitar notation symbols.
Brahms Lullaby guitar chords
The guitar chords you can use for Brahms Lullaby are G Major, D Major, D7 and C Major. You can click on the chords with links to learn different ways of playing that chord.
Try the following chords one at a time until you feel comfortable switching between them. These chords will be written above the melody in the next section.
Here are some other resources on chords:
- What are the first chords you should learn on guitar?
- 6 tips to get better at switching between chords on guitar
- Essential 7th chords on guitar
Brahms Lullaby – melody with tabs and chords
For the sheet music below, keep in mind that the chords and melody are meant to be played as separate parts. We’ll look at how to connect these parts later in the arrangement section of this post.
When playing the chords part, continue playing the same chord when switching to a measure that doesn’t show one. For example, you would play G Major for the first three measures (the two notes in the beginning are part of the pickup measure).
You can refer to this simple guide to understanding music symbols if needed.
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Brahms Lullaby – fingerstyle arrangement
In this section, we are essentially connecting the melody and chords together using a finger picking method of playing. If needed, check out this post to learn how to finger pick on guitar.
The third to last measure uses a G chord in 2nd inversion, meaning that the 3rd of the chord is in the bass.
If you like this style of playing, you can check out this post to learn how to connect a melody and chords on guitar.
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All the best,