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The entire song uses these four chords, in this order, over and over. Very straight forward. For the G, you can play the 3rd fret on the B string if you want - that’s a correct way to play G also.
E ––––3–––––0–––––0–––––2––––– B ––––0–––––0–––––1–––––3––––– G ––––0–––––0–––––0–––––2––––– D ––––0–––––2–––––2–––––0––––– A ––––2–––––2–––––3––––––––––– E ––––3–––––0––––––––––––––––– G Em C D
As I note in my video lesson, if you’re having trouble with the chord transitions, realize that for some of the transitions you’re keeping fingers on the same note. This makes changing much easier, since it is one less finger to move. For example:
E ––––3–––––0–––– B ––––0–––––0–––– G ––––0–––––0–––– D ––––0–––––2–––– A ––––2–––––2–––– <-- index finger plays 2nd fret for both chords E ––––3–––––0–––– G Em
And also for the Em to the C:
E ––––0–––––0–––– B ––––0–––––1–––– G ––––0–––––0–––– D ––––2–––––2–––– <-- middle finger plays the 2nd fret for both chords A ––––2–––––3–––– E ––––0–––––––––– Em C
And finally, for the D to G turnaround:
E ––––2––––––3–––– B ––––3––––––3–––– <-- ring finger plays the 3rd fret for both chords G ––––2––––––0–––– D ––––0––––––0–––– A –––––––––––2–––– E –––––––––––3–––– D G
In general, keep an eye out for this sort of “pivot note” transition in any song you’re learning. It can make many chord transitions much easier, and faster, to pull off while keeping in step with the song’s rhythm.
Chord progression and timing
Quite simply, you’ll be doing one measure (four counts) of each chord, in sequence. That is:
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 G . . . Em . . . C . . . D . . .
I recommend counting out loud, if you can, to master the timing (if it’s giving you trouble).
I recommend this strumming pattern for the whole song:
D = down strum U = up strum 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D U U D U
Repeat this, playing the pattern once per each chord. If it’s giving you trouble, simplify it and start with something you can do without much challenge. Such as
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D D
From there, add an up-strum on the final “4 +” count:
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D D U
Then, once you have that, don’t strum on the “3” count:
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D U
And finally, one you have mastered that, add up strums on the “2 +” and “3 +” counts.
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D U U D U
The key is to keep your strumming hand (arm) moving up and down continuously, but only bringing the pick down on the strings when the strumming pattern demands it.
Lyrics w/ chords
G Em Oh where, oh where can my baby be C D ...The lord took her away from me G Em ...She’s gone to heaven so I’ve got to be good C D So I can see my baby when I leave this world (use G-Em-C-D for the entire song!) We were out on a date in my daddy’s car We hadn’t driven very far There in the road straight ahead A car was stalled, the engines dead I couldn’t stop so I swerved to the right I’ll never forget the sound that night The screamin’ tires, the bustin’ glass The painful scream that I heard last (stay on G for 2 measures on "last") Oh where, oh where can my baby be The Lord took her away from me She’s gone to heaven so I’ve got to be good So I can see my baby when I leave this world When I woke up the rain was pourin’ down There were people standing all around Something warm flowing through my eyes But somehow I found my baby that night I lifted her head, she looked at me and said Hold me darling, just a little while I held her close, I kissed her our last kiss I found the love that I knew I would miss Well, now she’s gone, even though I hold her tight I lost my love, my life that night Oh where, oh where can my baby be The Lord took her away from me She’s gone to heaven so I’ve got to be good So I can see my baby when I leave this world Oooooh... Oooh, ooooh... Oooooh... Oooh, ooooh... Ooohhhhhh, oooooh... Oooooooohhhhhh... Ooohhhhhh, oooooh... Ahhh...
I hope this helps, and as always let me know if you have any questions.
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