In this On The Road Again guitar lesson we're going to be learning it as a really tricky but incredibly fun fingerstyle arrangement.
On The Road Again was written by Willie Nelson in 1979 and was his 9th country and western No. 1 hit. I've placed this classic sing-a-long at number 3 in my Top 10 Country Songs for Fingerstyle guitar list.
As mentioned above, this is a pretty complicated arrangement to learn, at least at first. After a while it of course becomes effortless and when you reach that point it is ridiculously fun to play. So, if at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again - you really won't regret it!
Alright, pick up your guitar and let's begin the guitar lesson for On The Road Again.
- Key - D major (without a capo)
- Capo - 2nd fret
- Tuning - Dropped D (D A D G B E)
- Difficulty - advanced
On The Road Again (Performance)
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of On The Road Again, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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On The Road Again Guitar Lesson
In this first lesson we learn how to play the intro and the verse of On The Road Again. The intro is just light strumming over a static D chord and shouldn't cause you too much difficulty. The verse, however, is pretty tough and there's loads going on. Having said that, it does become considerably easier with enough practice and ultimately it becomes incredibly fun to play.
How to Play the Chorus
The chorus for On The Road Again is short and sweet and really enjoyable to play. People with long fingers will struggle the least here as there's some sizeable stretches that you have to do.
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The Bridge Lesson
Bear in mind here that the bridge is very similar to the verse. If you find this awkward or simply don't like it, please know that it's perfectly OK just to play same as you did for the verse. It'll sound great either way.
Structure of On The Road Again
Intro, Verse x2, Chorus, Verse, Bridge, Chorus, Verse, Outro
Want to learn more fingerstyle arrangements of famous songs?: Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley), Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver), Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis), Ticket to Ride (The Beatles), Have You Ever Seen The Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival).
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