Released in 1971 on John Denver's Poems, Prayers and Promises album, "Take Me Home Country Roads" went on to become a massive career launching hit for Denver and became his signature song as well.
In this Take Me Home Country Roads guitar lesson video, I will show you all the chords that make up this massive acoustic hit.
If you listen to the original recording you will hear multiple guitar layers including one guitar that is arpeggio picking the chords, one playing bass lines and another that is strumming the chords. In a live setting, John Denver simply strummed the chords so that is how I am going to teach you to play it in this lesson.
The chords are pretty simple with just one bar chord to contend with. You will also find that most of the chord progressions use the same chords just in a slightly different order. So because of that, I hope you will be able to memorize everything relatively quickly.
There are two ways you can choose to play these chords. You can just strum them in a standard fashion, or you can use the bass note strum method to accent the bass notes during the chord strums. For most of the lesson I chose to use the bass note strum method, since that is how it was played on the original recording. This will require a little bit more control of the picking hand since you need to be able to pick a single bass string followed by full strums. This picking style is used a lot in country and western music so if you enjoy that sort of thing, I suggest you practice playing the song like that. I will demonstrate which bass notes to pick for each chord within the video lesson.
However, even if you don't use the bass note strum method and just play this song with a standard strumming style, it will still sound great.
So I hope you guys enjoy learning this acoustic guitar classic! It is definitely a winner by the campfire! 🙂
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