Best George Harrison Guitar Songs

Best George Harrison Guitar Songs For The Acoustic

Here on my best George Harrison guitar songs page you'll find a collection of demo covers, free chord and lyrics sheets, rhythm tips

and if required, full lesson tutorials available for purchase for a small fee. I'm also using George Harrison album covers to indicate where each song originated.

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Behind That Locked Door | Blow Away
Crackerbox Palace | Give Me Love
If Not For You | My Sweet Lord
Set On You | What Is Life

Best George Harrison Guitar Songs
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1. Behind That Locked Door

This song is from 1970 and can be found on the "All Things Must Pass" album. This was written by Harrison about Dylan who was going thru some withdrawals of sorts performing for audiences.

This song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down down and repeat
  • Picking: a little within the picking
  • Chords: D, G, C, Am, F, Bm
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2. Blow Away

This number hails from the album "George Harrison" from 1979 and was released as a single, reaching #51 in the UK and #16 in the US and #7 in Canada.

Many fans voted this number as their favorite song by Harrison behind My Sweet Lord.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: No but a few riffs in places
  • Chords: D, Bm, Gbm, A7sus, A7, C, G, F
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3. Crackerbox Palace

In 1976 Harrison released his 33 and 1/3rd album and this was one of the single releases and made it to #19 on the American Pop chart.

Crackerbox Palace is the name of the home for former comedian Lord Buckley, whom Harrison admired and was invited to visit by the late comedians manager George Greif. Harrison eventually adopted that name for his estate in Friar Park.  

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No just a few riffs
  • Chords: G, D, Am, C, Am7, D, Cm, Bm
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4. Give Me Love George Harrison

This one was a #1 in the US for Harrison in 1973 and a #8 in the UK and a top 10 in several other countries. Harrison played this song at every concert when he did tour.

The song hails from the album "Living In The Material World" album.

Elton John, Elliott Smith and Ron Sexsmith are just a few artists who have covered this song. 

Download the Give Me Love guitar chords and lyrics below. Because I don't read music, there are no Give Me Love tabs available.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Dmaj7, Em, A7, Gm, C, G, D7, E7 
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5. If Not For You

The album "All Things Must Pass" was the first post Beatles album from George Harrison. This track is on that album. Bob Dylan wrote this song for his first wife Sara and recorded the song several times. Olivia Newton John also covered the song.

In May of 1970, Harrison, Dylan and Charlie Daniels on bass, laid down a track for a Dylan album but it was re-recorded later for the "New Morning" album.

Peter Frampton played on the Harrison recording along with Billy Preston and Ringo on Tambourine. The song was never released by Harrison as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up root up down up and repeat with riffs
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, Am, A7, D/C, D/B, D/A
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6. My Sweet Lord George Harrison

"All Things Must Pass" also produced this #1 monster hit and perhaps Harrison's biggest #1 by far, which was #1 in many countries.

Billy Preston, Ringo, Eric Clapton and the group Badfinger all appeared on this track.

Download the George Harrison My Sweet Lord chords and lyrics below.


  • Drop D Tuning: D
  • Capo: 2nd fret - 4th fret = original key
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, Am, Edim, Dm, G, Dm, C7, A7, Ebdim, Em, D, Bm
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7. Set On You

The album "Cloud Nine" is where you'll find this track and as a single, the song was a #1 hit in several countries and a #2 in the UK. The song is actually a song from 1962 and first recorded by James Ray.

Jeff Lynne from ELO produced the song also played  bass and keyboards on the track. This song has the unique distinction of being the last #1 song in the US by any former Beatle, which occurred in 1987. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: you have a down down down up and repeat as well as all downstrokes playing bass riffs pattern
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, A, B, Dbm, Ab7
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8. What Is Life

This is another great tune from the "All Things Must Pass" album from 1971.

The song was a #10 in the US but was a #1 and a top 10 in a few other countries.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use all downstrokes with the riff or use a shuffle with a steady up and down 
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: A, D, G, B, Em, F, C
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