I’m On Fire Guitar Lesson – Bruce Springsteen

In this I'm On Fire guitar lesson video, I will show you the guitar chords and picking patterns used in this Bruce Springsteen classic.

Released in 1985, "I'm On Fire" continued the string of hits coming off of Bruce Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A. album.

"I'm On Fire" has a delicate yet haunting quality throughout. This is created by an arpeggiated picking pattern that repeats. That pattern is used for the entire song over the various chord progressions. It creates sort of an hypnotic effect.

The chords Bruce Springsteen uses in "I'm On Fire" are pretty basic throughout. If you can play a simple major and minor bar chord you won't have much trouble.

There is one point in the song when the chord progression get a little ambiguous. I will mark the exact second that happens on the recording and take you through it chord by chord.

I focus a lot on the picking pattern in the video lesson because it is important to be very fluid with it so you can stay relaxed throughout the entire song.

I pick it in the most economical way to play it, so make sure you follow that portion of the lesson and you will have it flowing in no time.

Hope you enjoy learning this beautiful song from The Boss!


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I'm On Fire Guitar Lesson - Bruce Springsteen


  1. mick thomas on June 9, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Nice work with the boss mate he is a great artist. Any chance on trying tougher than the rest? The live vevo version is brilliant.
    Cheers mate
    Mick from Australia!

  2. mick thomas on December 11, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Hey Carl. Please please please can you try tougher than the rest???
    Thanks mate!

  3. Jonathan D Sweeney on November 21, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks Carl. Neat picking pattern and quite easy to do with a flat pick.

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