Guitar lesson for

Whitehouse Road

by Tyler Childers

Video Lesson

Excellent solo Tyler Childers version

Here’s a great performane of the song - you can hear so much more intricacy in his guitarwork, compared to the album version. This is what I’m basing this lesson off of.

Drop-D Tuning, Capo 5th Fret!

To play this song like Tyler Childers, you’ll need to put a capo on the 5th fret. Also, tune your guitar to Drop-D tuning, which is where your low-E string is tuned down a whole step to a D.

How to play the chords

Here’s how to play the chords, in the manner of Mr. Childers. Technically, these are a Dsus2 and Dsus/C and Gadd6 (if you leave the high E string open), but don’t get bogged down in these details. Think of them as D C and G. You can replace them with the “regular” voicings of D C and G if you want, too.

E –––0–––0––(0)–––
B –––3–––3–––0––––
G –––2–––2–––0––––
D –––0–––0–––0––––
A –––0–––3–––x––––
D –––0–––––––5––––
     D   C   G    

Strumming pattern

Start out by realizing you want to begin with two downstrums, the first of which targets the bass note of the chord in question. Then, on the “2” count do a full strum.

E ––––––0––––––––––––|––––––0––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––3––––––––––––|––––––3––––––––––––|––––––3––––––––––––|––––––0––––––––––––
G ––––––2––––––––––––|––––––2––––––––––––|––––––2––––––––––––|––––––0––––––––––––
D ––––––0––––––––––––|––––––0––––––––––––|––––––0––––––––––––|––––––0––––––––––––
A ––––––0––––––––––––|––––––0––––––––––––|––3–––3––––––––––––|––––––x––––––––––––
D ––0–––0––––––––––––|––0–––0––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––5–––5––––––––––––
    ↓   ↓               ↓   ↓               ↓   ↓               ↓   ↓
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Once you have that, add an “up down up” on the “+ 4 +” counts. Get this down pat, then you can move on to the riff if you want.

E ––––––0–––––0–0–0––|––––––0–––––0–0–0––|–––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––3–––––3–3–3––|––––––3–––––3–3–3––|––––––3–––––3–3–3––|––––––0–––––0–0–0––
G ––––––2–––––2–2–2––|––––––2–––––2–2–2––|––––––2–––––2–2–2––|––––––0–––––0–0–0––
D ––––––0–––––0–0–0––|––––––0–––––0–0–0––|––––––0–––––0–0–0––|––––––0–––––0–0–0––
A ––––––0––––––––––––|––––––0––––––––––––|––3–––3––––––––––––|––––––x–––––x–x–x––
D ––0–––0––––––––––––|––0–––0––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––5–––5––––––––––––
    D                   D                   C                   G
    ↓   ↓     ↑ ↓ ↑     ↓   ↓     ↑ ↓ ↑     ↓   ↓     ↑ ↓ ↑     ↓   ↓     ↑ ↓ ↑
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Intro riff

Pay attention to the notes you’re adding (usually with your middle finger) within each measure. Also, on the final two measures, note how you’re playing those three strums consistenly on the “+ 4 +” parts of those measures. See my video lesson for context!

E ––––––0––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––3–––––3–3–3––|–––––––––––––––––––|––––––3––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––
G ––––––2–––––2–2–2––|––––––2–2–2–––2–2––|––––––2––––––––––––|––––––0––––––––––––
D ––––––0–––––0–3–0––|––––––0–0–0–––0–0––|––––––0–––––0–0–0––|––––––0–––––0–0–0––
A ––––––0––––––––––––|––––––3–0–3–––0–3––|––3–––3–––––0–0–0––|––––––x–––––0–0–0––
D ––0–––0––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––0–3–5––|––5–––5–––––0–3–0––
    D                   D                   C                   G
    ↓   ↓     ↑ ↓ ↑     ↓   ↓ ↑ ↓   ↓ ↑     ↓   ↓     ↑ ↓ ↑     ↓   ↓     ↑ ↓ ↑
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Lyrics w/ chords

Early in the morning when the sun does rise
C                      G              D
Layin' in the bed with bloodshot eyes
Late in the evenin' when the sun sinks low
     C                    G              D
Well that's about time my rooster crows

I got women up and down this creek
         C                    G             D
And they keep me going and my engine clean
Run me ragged but I don't fret
            C              G                      D
Cause there ain't been one slow me down none yet

    Get me drinking' that moonshine
    C                      G
    Get me higher than the grocery bill
    Take my troubles to the highwall
    C                         G
    Throw'em in the river and get your fill

    We been sniffing that cocaine
    C                             G
    Ain't nothin' better when the wind cuts cold
    Lord it's a mighty hard livin'
          C                    G                 D
    But a damn good feelin' to run these roads

I got people try to tell me, Red
Keep this livin' and you'll wind up dead
Cast your troubles on the Lord of Lord's
Or wind up laying on a coolin' board

But I got buddies up White House Road
And they keep me strutting when my feet hang low
Rotgut whiskey gonna ease my pain
'N all this runnin's gonna keep me sane

    [ chorus ]

When they lay me in the cold hard clay
Won't ya sing them hymns while the banjo plays
You can tell them ladies that they ought not frown
Cause there ain't been nothing ever held me down

        Lawmen, women or a shallow grave
        Same ol' blues just a different day

    [ chorus ]

Good luck!

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