Guitar lesson for
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
by Bob Dylan • Lesson #26
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Chord progression cheat-sheet
E . . . Emaj7 . . . A . . . A . . . E . . . E . . . B . . . B . . . E . . . Emaj7 . . . A . . . A . . . E . . . B . . . E . . . E . . .
A6 . . . A6 . . . E . . . E . . . A6 . . . A6 . . . E . . . E . . . F# . . . F#/E . . . F# . . . F#/E . . . A . . . A . . . B . . . B . . .
As I note in my video lesson, there’s a few caveats of note here. Whenever I play the E-major chord that precedes an E-major-7, I’ll only play the highest 4 strings – which lets the walk-down in the bass note be heard much more prominently. Also, my A-major is technically an Asus2 chord – play whicever you like. Likewise, I’m doing a modified (easier) B where the highest two strings are left open. You can replace this with a normal B-major, if you like, obviously.
E ||––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0––––– B ||––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0––––– G ||––––1–––––1–––––2–––––4––––– D ||––––2–––––1–––––2–––––4––––– A ||–––(2)––––––––––0–––––2––––– E ||–––(0)–––––––––––––––––––––– E Emaj7 A B
I’m playing an Aadd6 for the “A6” chord I note below. You could also make that a F#-minor if you want. I’m playing the A-major and B-major the same way I play them in the verse, but again – play them like normal if you prefer.
E ||––––2–––––0–––––2––––––2–––––0–––––0––––– B ||––––2–––––0–––––2––––––2–––––0–––––0––––– G ||––––2–––––1–––––3––––––3–––––2–––––4––––– D ||––––2–––––2–––––4––––––4–––––2–––––4––––– A ||––––0–––––2–––––4––––––4–––––0–––––2––––– E ||––––––––––0–––––2––––––0––––––––––––––––– A6 E F# F#/E A B
Strumming with bass-note emphasis
Strumming pattern basics
For strumming pattern, I like to use the following approach – where each chord’s bass note is picked once at the beginning of each strum sequence. The bass down-strum is indicated by the “B” below:
B = downstrum, bass note only D = downstrum, all strings of the chord U = upstrum B D U D U
Which when repeated in sequence looks like this:
B D U D U B D U D U B D U D U B D U D U B D U D U (etc)
Simple bass-note emphasis
In practice that look like this:
E ||––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––|– B ||––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––|– G ||––––––1–––1–1–1–––––––1–––1–1–1–––––––2–––2–2–2–––––––2–––2–2–2–––––|– D ||–––0––2–––2–2–2––––1––1–––1–1–1–––––––2–––2–2–2–––––––2–––2–2–2–––––|– A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0––0–––0–0–0––––0––0–––0–0–0–––––|– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– E Emaj7 A A E ||––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––|– B ||––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––|– G ||––––––1–––1–1–1–––––––1–––1–1–1–––––––4–––4–4–4–––––––4–––4–4–4–––––|– D ||––––––2–––2–2–2–––––––2–––2–2–2–––––––4–––4–4–4–––––––4–––4–4–4–––––|– A ||––––––2–––2–2–2–––––––2–––2–2–2––––2––2–––2–2–2––––2––2–––2–2–2–––––|– E ||–––0––0–––0–0–0––––0––0–––0–0–0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– E E B B
And so on.
Advanced bass-note emphasis:
E ||––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––––0–0–––––|– B ||––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––––0–0–––––|– G ||––––––1–––1–1–1–––––––1–––1–1–1–––––––2–––2–2–2–––––––2–––––2–2–––––|– D ||–––0––2–––2–2–2––––1––1–––1–1–1–––––––2–––2–2–2––––2––2–––––2–2–––––|– A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0––0–––0–0–0–––––––––––0–0–0–––––|– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– E Emaj7 A A E ||––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––––0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––––0–0–––––|– B ||––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––––0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––––0–0–––––|– G ||––––––1–––1–1–1–––––––1–––––1–1–––––––4–––4–4–4–––––––4–––––4–4–––––|– D ||––––––2–––2–2–2–––––––2–––––2–2–––––––4–––4–4–4–––––––4–––4–4–4–––––|– A ||––––––2–––2–2–2––––2––2–––––2–2––––2––2–––2–2–2––––2––2–––––––––––––|– E ||–––0––0–––0–0–0–––––––––––0–0–0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– E E B B E ||––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––––0–0–––––|– B ||––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––––0–0–––––|– G ||––––––1–––1–1–1–––––––1–––1–1–1–––––––2–––2–2–2–––––––2–––––2–2–––––|– D ||–––0––2–––2–2–2––––1––1–––1–1–1–––––––2–––2–2–2––––2––2–––––2–2–––––|– A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0––0–––0–0–0–––––––––––0–0–0–––––|– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– E Emaj7 A A E ||––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––|– B ||––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––––0–––0–0–0–––––|– G ||––––––1–––1–1–1–––––––4–––4–4–4–––––––1–––1–1–1–––––––1–––1–1–1–––––|– D ||––––––2–––2–2–2–––––––4–––4–4–4–––––––2–––2–2–2–––––––2–––2–2–2–––––|– A ||––––––2–––2–2–2––––2––2–––2–2–2–––––––2–––2–2–2–––––––2–––2–2–2–––––|– E ||–––0––0–––0–0–0––––––––––––––––––––0––0–––0–0–0––––0––0–––0–0–0–––––|– E B E E
Lyrics and chords
INTRO E . . . Emaj7 . . . A . . . A . . . E . . . E . . . B . . . B . . . E . . . Emaj7 . . . A . . . A . . . E . . . B . . . E . . . E . . . VERSE E Emaj7 I've seen love go by my door A It's never been this close before E B ...Never been so easy or so slow E Emaj7 I've been shooting in the dark too long A When something's not right it's wrong E B E You're gonna make me lonesome when you go (repeat that same chord sequence for each verse) Dragon clouds so high above I've only known careless love It's always hit me from below This time around it's more correct Right on target, so direct You're gonna make me lonesome when you go Purple clover, Queen Anne lace Crimson hair across your face You could make me cry if you don't know Can't remember what I was thinkin' of You might be spoilin' me too much, love You're gonna make me lonesome when you go REFRAIN A6 E ...Flowers on the hillside, bloomin' crazy A6 E ...Crickets talkin' back and forth in rhyme F# F#/E F# F#/E ...Blue river runnin' slow and lazy A B I could stay with you forever, and never realize the time (repeat that same chord sequence for each refrain) Situations have ended sad Relationships have all been bad Mine've been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud But there's no way I can compare All those scenes to this affair You're gonna make me lonesome when you go You're gonna make me wonder what I'm doin' Stayin' far behind without you You're gonna make me wonder what I'm sayin' You're gonna make me give myself a good talkin' to I'll look for you in old Honolula San Francisco, Ashtabula You're gonna have to leave me now, I know But I'll see you in the sky above In the tall grass, in the ones I love You're gonna make me lonesome when you go
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