Heart Of Gold (Neil Young) Guitar Lesson with TAB

Heart Of Gold Guitar Lesson + TAB
In this guitar lesson, you find TAB for the intro, verse, and chorus, adapted to work on just one acoustic guitar!


Heart Of Gold | TAB


Let’s go through three pieces of TAB as this is all you need to play Heart Of Gold, here’s the first intro riff which later on comes back, most notably during the outro chorus.

Heart Of Gold TAB, intro.

I really like the 1 + where strings 5 and 4 are played, I think this works really well when playing this part on just one acoustic.

That big Em in bar 2 is so powerful as well as it’s followed by the hammer on lick which sounds a bit like Wish You Were Here, although Neil of course released Heart Of Gold before Pink Floyd’s classic.

Here’s the verse which is also played in the intro and instrumental sections.

Heart Of Gold TAB, verse.

The chord progression for the verse is VI – IV – V – I. Notice the similarity to Stand By Me which is the same, just starting where Heart Of Gold ends, so: I – VI – IV – V.

Having chords IV and V in the middle like this makes the progression move forward in a less-rested way.

The strumming above is modified to work on one guitar as it incorporates how the bass starts and finishes with the root.

Here’s the chorus.

Heart Of Gold TAB, chorus.

Again, I’ve modified this to work on just one guitar, the mutes on beat 3, and the 16th note before it is essential in order to change the feel of this section.

The bass line movements at the end have been fleshed out with more strings to fatten this up to work on one acoustic.



Heart Of Gold TAB | Related Pages


Heart Of Gold | Chords + Lyrics

Heart Of Gold chords.

You can learn how to play Heart Of Gold by Neil Young using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, TAB, and the original recording.

Em C | D5 G |
I want to live, I want to give…


Beginner Acoustic Course

This Heart Of Gold guitar lesson is part of Spytunes Beginner Acoustic Guitar Course.

In the Beginner Acoustic Course, you’ll learn how to play nine complete tunes using in-depth video lessons, full TAB, and loops to practice along with.

Most importantly, we’ll develop 2nd guitar parts so you can play with me, the singer, and understand each song more deeply.



Five Similar Tunes | Chords + Lyrics

When you can play the TAB for Heart Of Gold, try these five tunes from the songbook.

Neil Young tunes

Neil Young wrote Heart Of Gold.

Neil Young started out with Buffalo Springfield, briefly joined Crosby, Stills & Nash, and collaborated with Pearl Jam but is best known for his solo career.

His best tunes include Harvest Moon, Heart Of Gold, Old Man, The Needle And The Damage Done, My My, Hey Hey, and Like A Hurricane.



Neil Young on the web

Listen to Neil Young.

About me | Dan Lundholm

Dan Lundholm wrote this guitar lesson and TAB for Heart Of Gold.

This guitar lesson by Dan Lundholm features TAB and covers Heart Of Gold. Discover more about him and how you can learn guitar with Spytunes.

Most importantly, find out why you should learn guitar through playing tunes, not practising scales, and studying theory in isolation.


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