Free Fallin’ Guitar Lesson – Tom Petty

In this quick guitar lesson, I will show you the guitar chords to Tom Petty's massive hit "Free Fallin'".

This Free Fallin' guitar lesson will cover both guitar parts. The main chord progression (played by Petty), is doubled with simple triads in a higher register by a second guitarist.

You will need to use a standard tuned guitar with a capo at the 1st fret to play it how I am going to teach it in this lesson, since that is the way it was originally recorded and still performed to this day by Tom Petty. Feel free to use an electric guitar or acoustic guitar.

The first chord progression I will show you is what Tom Petty plays live. It is a pretty simple group of chords, but they do move around pretty quickly. Try to concentrate on all of your fingers landing on the notes of the chords at the exact same time.

The other guitarist plays triads over the chords being played by Petty. These triads are a bit easier to play and really compliment the underlying chords very well.

There is only one other part of the song to learn and that is the bridge. The verse and chorus use the same chords that we learned at the beginning of the lesson.

This bridge part consists of power chords played on the 5th and 6th strings. Be sure to slide into those power chords in order to recreate the sound of the original recording.

I hope you guys enjoy learning this classic!


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Free Fallin' Guitar Lesson - Tom Petty


  1. ERIC ADELMAN on July 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Hey Carl love me some tom petty.

    And ofcourse more of my requests.

    – last dance, with Mary Jane, with solo
    – breakdown
    – a heart, with a mind of its own
    – Gloria
    – American girl/running down a dream
    – honey bee
    – you don’t know how it feels

    Just to name a few.

    Thanks Carl. 🙂

  2. RDavis902 on March 27, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Would love more Tom Petty songs on this terrific site! Thanks!

  3. Jack Price on January 13, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Carl you make playing fun thanks for expanding my outlook on the guitar was in a hole looking up.

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