Fast Car

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

  • 25th January 2018
  • Songs

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman is a great song to learn for guitarists of any level but in particular people that are still reasonably new to the instrument. Fast Car uses simple chords throughout and the fingerpicking pattern isn't too complicated to get used to.

This song is no. 8 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and subscribe to get weekly lessons for each song!

Fast Car Song Facts:

  • Released April 1st, 1988
  • Album - Tracy chapman
  • Rank no. 167 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time List
  • Grammy nominated for Song of The Year/Record of The Year
  • Key of A major
  • 104 bpm
  • Capo - 2nd fret

The first two bars of the intro are repeated throughout the entire verse of Fast Car and there's just one small difference for the introduction, which you'll learn in the video.

As always take it very slowly as you learn the song and do not rush! Really make sure that you are using the correct fingerings in the right hand and refer to the guitar tab underneath the video to check you are playing it all just right.

The strumming in the chorus can be a bit tricky, mainly due to the timing of the chord changes. However I do recommend trying to get the patterns I teach in the tutorial correct, as it will really help with your rhythm playing. Go slow and watch it over and over as many times as you need to.


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