Take Me Home Guitar lesson

Take Me Home, Country Roads Easy Guitar Lesson (Fingerstyle)

In this fingerstyle guitar lesson we're learning a reasonably easy arrangement of the classic country song Take Me Home, Country Roads - Number 2 on my Top 10 Country Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar list.

Take Me Home, Country Roads was written by John Denver, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert. The song was released in 1971 and has gone on to be one of John Denver's most successful and loved songs. In this lesson, we're learning a fingerstyle arrangement of this classic singalong tune.

I've already created a more advanced arrangement lesson for Country Roads, so if you find this one a little too basic for you then I'm sure that this version will keep you on your toes.

OK, let's start learning this fun arrangement of Take Me Home, Country Roads!

Song Details:

  • Key - C major
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 81 bpm
  • Difficulty - easy

Take Me Home, Country Roads (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Take Me Home, Country Roads, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.   

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Take Me Home, Country Roads (Intro Lesson)

To begin with we're going to learn a short intro of Take Me Home, Country Roads. This is just a few bars long and is all over a C major chord. You could skip over this section and start directly with the verse but it's not too hard to play and it sounds great so I reckon it's well worth including.

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How to Play the Verse of Country Roads

Into the verse and there's a lot more going here. It's worth knowing before you really get going with this arrangement that the bass notes are alternating for the majority of the time throughout the song. So if your thumb independence needs a little work, you may want to isolate just the bass and practise it on its own.

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How to Play the Chorus

You may find the F chord hard to play if you've not used the grip I teach you in this arrangement as it's a little awkward. Having said that, it's certainly a shape you want to get comfortable with as it's used fairly regularly in fingerstyle arrangements.

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Bridge Lesson for Country Roads

Just the bridge left to learn now and if you've come this far you likely won't struggle too much with this section.

Structure of Take Me Home, Country Roads

Intro (verse), Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus 

Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Dhruv left a comment on 22nd March 2021 at 10:13 am

    Hi Chris – this is a great arrangement …thanks so much! Quick question, though. Some of your tabs say “Accompaniment Only” at the top, while others don’t. What’s the difference? Thank you!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 22nd March 2021 at 5:52 pm

      Hi there, glad you like the arrangement. Accompaniment only simply means that there’s no melody and it’s just the guitar part. I hope that makes sense. Thanks

      • Dhruv left a comment on 22nd March 2021 at 6:04 pm

        Yup…makes sense. Thank you!

      • Dhruv left a comment on 11th April 2021 at 1:39 am

        Hey Chris – the video tutorials appear to teach a full melody arrangement, but the tab preview says “accompaniment only.” Are the tabs different than what is shown in the videos? Thanks!

        • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 15th April 2021 at 4:13 pm

          Hi, yes I see what you mean. The publishers have written that in for some reason. It’s not just an accompaniment, it’s the same as I play/teach in the video.

          • Dhruv left a comment on 15th April 2021 at 7:21 pm

            That’s great…I think I just found my next song to learn!

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