There is no other song from Oasis that really says they are a Beatles fan that this song – Don’t Look Back in Anger. It’s very obvious from the first time I heard the intro part that it is the same Imagine intro from John Lennon. Another tribute to the great John Lennon is the line from the song – “So I start a revolution from my bed”
The intro starts of with C major and followed by the F major chord, just like Imagine.
How to Play Don’t Look Back In Anger
The intro part is pretty easy really. Originally played on a piano, this guitar transcription tablature is for a guitar.
It will be an alternate picking on notes C-E and D (C major chord). That’s 3rd fret on 5th string, 2nd fret on 4rth string and an open D string. After that is the C note on that 3rd fret 5th string. Do it for one bar.
The second bar is for F major chord. The difference is the bass note is still C, not an F.
The Guitar Riff
The first riff is played over the F major chord. In the C chord form, you pluck the C root note, followed by the E note. Next is to hammer the E note on D string to the 3rd string (F note) followed by the open G string.
The second riff is played over the second F major chord. With the first finger (index) of the left hand barring 2 strings (string D and G) on the 5th fret, you hammer the D string from 5th to 7th fret and back again to the 5th fret of D and G string. It is then followed by two open D string, and E note (2nd fret) and a pull off to the open D string again followed by open G.
Give it a try. You can refer to the video above. It will help.