Neil Sedaka Songs On Guitar

Neil Sedaka Songs On The Acoustic Guitar

Here are six Neil Sedaka songs you can learn on the acoustic guitar. Download the free pdf chord sheets and if you need the full acoustic lesson, there are links below for a few bucks each or less if you purchase in bulk. 

Neil Sedaka Songs On Guitar
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1. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Neil Sedaka co-wrote this song and recorded a version in 1962 and again in 1975 with the former original release being his most successful reaching #1 on the pop charts. Lenny Welch had success with a much slower arrangement of the song in 1970 and then Sedaka did a similar version in 1976 and hit #1 on the Easy Listening chart. The Partridge Family had a #3 hit in Australia and the UK with1972 release. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm =  down down up down down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Em, C, D, D7, B7, A7, Gm, Fmaj7, Fm, A#, D#
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2. Calendar Girl

Co-partner on many Sedaka songs, Howard greenfield wrote the lyrics and Sedaka wrote the music. The song was released in Dec of 1960 and was a #1 in Canada and Japan and a #3 in Australia and a #4 in the US. It took 26 takes over a three hr period to get the final product.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down up down up with some walking bass blended into the rhythm
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Bm, G, A7, Ddim, B7
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3. Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen

Neil Sedaka and Carole King were good friends and went to high school together and in 1961, Sedaka released this song. It was pretty close to two songs King had penned which were Take Good Care Of My Baby by Bobby Vee and One Fine Day by The Chiffons. The song reached #6 in the US and #3 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Em, Am, D7, B7, G7, Edim, E7, C, E7
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4. Laughter In The Rain

Songwriter Phil Cody smoked a joint, fell asleep under a tree and awoke to write the lyrics to this song in about five minutes. The song was a #1 hit in the US in 1974. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd Fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Gmaj7, A7sus, A7, Bm, Esus, E, Gm, C, Fmaj7, Dm, A#, Dmaj7

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5. Next Door To An Angel

Another Sedaka / Greenfield collaboration here which resulted in a #5 hit in late 1962. Sedaka wouldn't see a top ten after this song for 12 years with Laughter In The Rain in 1974.   

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, Em, Am, D7, E7, A7, Gdim, Dm7, G7, Cmaj7
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6. What A Surprise

I have no info about this particular song.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, F, Em, A, G

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