This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow was written by Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen in 1939 for the classic film 'The Wizard of Oz'. The song is a beautiful ballad and was sung by the starring actress of the film, Judy Garland. It quickly became Garland's signature song and an instant classic across the world, and it went on to win the 'Academy Award for Best Original Song'. I think you'll agree, it is quite something.
Alright, let's start learning how to play Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
- Key - G major
- Tempo - 87 bpm
- Difficulty - Intermediate
- Time signature - 4/4
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Guitar Lesson
The key thing to focus on when doing any fingerstyle arrangement is the melody. The melody is by far the most important part, and it needs to be played as if it were being sung. Really take it slow and focus on your accuracy over your speed.
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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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