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(@matteo)
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I noticed that nobody has ever posted this classic country number by John Denver, so I think it is time to fill the gap. I took the chords off this excellent site http://www.heartwoodguitar.com/WordPressBlog/ , where you can find the chords and sometimes a suggested pattern for over than 300 songs. The song in itself it is quite easy since it is mainly based five simple open chords, plus a F chord in the bridge.

Time signature and chord changes: the song is in 4/4 so you have to count one to four to compete a measure and chords change every measure unless where indicated.

Strummin pattern: I guess that the real pattern is something like B D du du for each half measure (sounding tun_ta_, tata, tata), but I played with different patterns too and it also works fine with the classic bb ddu (half measure). The simplest version could also be played with B D B D for every measure (of course better alternating the bass notes each time).

Ok good playing and let me know any additions

Matteo


G Em
Almost heaven, West Virginia
D C (1/2) G (1/2)
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
G Em
Life is old there, older than the trees
D C (1/2) G (1/2)
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze

CHORUS:
G D
Country roads, take me home
Em C
To the place, I belong
G D
West Virginia, mountain momma
C G
Take me home, country roads

G Em
All my mem'ries, gather 'round her
D C (1/2) G (1/2)
Miner's lady, stranger to blue water
G Em
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
D C (1/2) G (1/2)
Misty taste of moonshine, teardrops in my eyes

CHORUS

Em D G
I hear her voice, in the mornin' hours she calls to me
C G D
The radio reminds me of my home far a-way
Em F C G
And drivin' down the road I get a feeling that I should have been home
D D7
yesterday, yesterday

CHORUS


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(@clideguitar)
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I noticed that nobody has ever posted this classic country number by John Denver, so I think it is time to fill the gap. I took the chords off this excellent site http://www.heartwoodguitar.com/WordPressBlog/ , where you can find the chords and sometimes a suggested pattern for over than 300 songs. The song in itself it is quite easy since it is mainly based five simple open chords, plus a F chord in the bridge.

Yes - this web site is very good! I've been meaning to post the tab he has for "Daughters" by John Mayer. It's a very easy version. Some of the songs have the strumming pattern, allot are easy versions of the songs. I highly reccomend it!

Bob Jessie


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(@mattguitar_1567859575)
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nice song, thanks a lot.

Just for the record, the original was recorded in A, so to get back to that key so you can play along to the record / CD put a capo on your second fret. At least doing it in G avoids the F#m chord though!!

Incidentally while I am on the subject, Denver used a variation on travis picking for this song. I have this at home, will try and post it tomorrow.

all the best

Matt


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(@cubone)
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I got this song from my teacher last week. The pickingpattern he showed me looks like this.

I don't play it in the same key. My first chord is a C but the pickingpattern looks like this over it.

C
---------------------------
-----------------1-----1--
---------0----------0-----
------2-------------------
---3-----------------------
-------------3-------------

If I'm playing a full 6stringed chord (like G or Em) I play it like this.

---------------------------
-----------------1-----1--
---------0----------0-----
------2-------------------
---------------------------
---3---------3-------------

English is not my first language so I hope you understand what I'm trying to say.


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(@drink2much)
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this was the first song I learned My teacher showed me a simple D, DU strum. It's not perfect but most people will never know the difference.

There are about five things to write songs about: I'm leaving you. You're leaving me. I want you. You don't want me. I believe in something. Five subjects, and twelve notes. For all that, we musicians do pretty well.
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(@ginger)
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John Denver - Take Me Home Country Roads
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
CHORDS
A F#m E E7 D G
E|--0--|--2--|--0--|--0--|--2--|--3--|
B|--2--|--2--|--0--|--3--|--3--|--3--|
G|--2--|--2--|--1--|--1--|--2--|--0--|
D|--2--|--4--|--2--|--2--|--0--|--0--|
A|--0--|--4--|--2--|--2--|--0--|--2--|
E|--X--|--2--|--0--|--0--|--X--|--3--|

INTRO:
------
A A A A

VERSE 1:
--------
A F#m
Almost heaven, West Virginia,
E D A
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River.
A F#m
Life is old there, older than the trees,
E D A
Younger than the mountains growin' like a breeze

CHORUS:
-------
A E
Country Roads, take me home
F#m D
To the place I belong:
A E
West Virginia, mountain momma,
D A
Take me home, Country Roads.

Verse 2:
--------
A F#m
All my mem'ries gather 'round her,
E D A
Miner's lady, stranger to blue water.
A F#m
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky,
E D A
Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye.

CHORUS
------

RIFF:
----
F#m E A
I hear her voice, in the mornin' hours she calls me,
D A E
The radio reminds me of my home far away,
F#m G
And drivin' down the road
D A E E7
I get a feelin' that I should have been home yesterday, yesterday.

CHORUS x2
---------

OUTRO:
------
E A
Take me home, Country Roads,
E A
Take me home, Country Roads.


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(@matteo)
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ehm yesterday I played it in A with the bonzo's suggested chords and it worked far better than in G!

Matteo


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ehm yesterday I played it in A with the bonzo's suggested chords and it worked far better than in G!

Matteo

What Strumming Pattern did you play with?

I play it:

1+2+3+4+
D DU UDU

Edit: Ehm .. forget this last strumming pattern .. it does not fit into 4/4 rythm ..

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(@ginger)
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ehm yesterday I played it in A with the bonzo's suggested chords and it worked far better than in G!

Matteo

Yeah, I saw the "G" version in acoustic guitar I believe and tried it and it wasn't quite right, it sounded similar but you couldn't play it with the record. the "A" is what Denver played it in so that is why it sounds better if your playing along with the recorded song.

Glad I could help, great song!


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(@slydog)
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Yeah, I saw the "G" version in acoustic guitar I believe and tried it and it wasn't quite right, it sounded similar but you couldn't play it with the record

You can play along with the record using the "G" chord progression if you put a capo on the second fret (that puts it in the key of "A"). Just makes it easier for those who find "G" an easier key to play in.

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(@ginger)
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Ok, I've decided to post not only the strum pattern but the picking pattern as well. Try them both. And I'm positive these are about as correct as can be, lol
^=down stroke
v=up stroke
1st one is strum the pattern will be D-D-D-U-D-U

(A chord)


----^-----^---^--v----^----v--
-----------0-------0----0----0-------------
-----------2-------2----2----2-------------
-----------2-------2----2----2-------------
---------------------------------------------
-----0--------------------------------------
----------------0---------------------------

Picking pattern

----------------0------------------0--------
---------2-----------------2----------------
------------2------------------2------------
--------------------------------------------
---0----------------------------------------
--------------------0-----------------------


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(@matteo)
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hello, to my ears the song starts with a bass note so a good pattern could be

bd dudu (play twice for A and F#, E, once for the D, A)

but also a simpler bb ddu works well

Matteo


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(@rahul)
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Great guys !

I love this song.This way my first song.This was my first public performance at my college.This is still the most best song of all times. :D :D

It used a typical country pattern of strumming.

Pick Strum Pick Strum Pick Strum Pick Strum.

You have to play a bass note at the 'pick' and strum the full chords at the 'strum'.

I will soon do a recording , though i doubt if it would be good to hear.

And what i really lack in my playing is the Fingerpicking pattern and the lead guitar played in that song.

In my opinion , there are 3 guitars being played in that song -

1.Rhythm guitar (of what we are talking about)
2.Lead guitar
3.Fingerpicked guitar

Someone , please get the lead guitar , fingerpicking pattern , tab out here , and i would be infinitly obliged.

Rahul


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(@rodders)
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I will soon do a recording , though i doubt if it would be good to hear.

Post it anyway Rahul, Lets hear, it may help others with the strumming/picking patterns.

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(@ginger)
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hello, to my ears the song starts with a bass note so a good pattern could be

bd dudu (play twice for A and F#, E, once for the D, A)

but also a simpler bb ddu works well

Matteo

what do you think the 5th string is? A treble string?? Those patterns are 100% correct or at least 99.9%


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