Guitar lesson for

Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground

by Willie Nelson

Video lesson

Lesson agenda:

Lyrics w/ chords

VERSE 1 (INTRO):
    A                      C#m     D                  A
    ...If you had not have fallen... I would not have found you
    D               E                A           E
    ...Angel flying too close to the ground

VERSE 2:
    A                        C#m          D                    A   (walk up)
    ...And I patched up your broken wing.... and hung around a while
    B7                                 E                      (walk up)
    ...Trying to keep your spirits up.... and your fever down

VERSE 3:
    A                  C#m                     D  (walk down)
    ...I knew someday------ that you would fly away
    B7                                      E    (walk up)
    ...For love's the greatest healer to be found

VERSE 4:
    A                     C#m      D                 D#°
    ...So leave me if you need to.... I will still remember
    A               E                A        E
    ...Angel flying too close to the ground

SOLO 1:
    A . . . C#m . . . D . . . A . . .
    D . . . E   . . . A . . . E . . .

SOLO 2:
    A  . . . C#m . . . D . . . A . . .
    B7 . . . B7  . . . E . . . E . . .

VERSE 5:
    A              C#m                     D (walk down)
    ...Fly on, fly on... past the speed of sound
    B7                                    E (walk up)
    ...I'd rather see you up than see you down

VERSE 6 & 7
    A                     C#m      D                 D#°
    ...So leave me if you need to.... I will still remember
    A               E                A        E
    ...Angel flying too close to the ground

Chords needed

E –––0––––2––––0––––2––––4–––––2–––
B –––2––––3––––0––––0––––5–––––1–––
G –––2––––2––––1––––2––––6–––––2–––
D –––2––––0––––2––––1––––6–––––1–––
A –––0–––––––––2––––2––––4–––––––––
E –––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––––––
     A    D    E    B7   C#m   D#°              

Strumming pattern

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
D       D   D U

Intro tab

The chords that go with these lyrics:

A                      C#m     D                  A
...If you had not have fallen... I would not have found you
D               E                A         E
...Angel flying too close to the ground

Would be tabbed out approximately like this - though feel free to be loose with your arpeggios. It’s okay if you deviate from the notes shown below to suit your preference or style.

E ––0––––––––––––––4––––––––––2––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––
B ––2––––––––––––––––5–––5––––3––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––2–––
G ––2––––––––––6–––––––6––––––2––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––2–––––
D ––2––––––––6–––6––––––––––––0––––––––––––––––––2–––2–––––––––––
A ––0––––––4–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––––
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    A      C#m                D                A

E ––2––––––––––––––0––––––––––––––––––0––––––––––––––––0–––––––––
B ––3––––––––––––––––0–––0––––––––––––––2–––2––––––––––––0–––0–––
G ––2––––––––––––––––––1––––––––––2–––––––2––––––––––––––––1–––––
D ––0––––––––––2––––––––––––––––2–––2––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––
A –––––––––––2–––2––––––––––––0––––––––––––––––––2–––2–––––––––––
E –––––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––––
    D      E                  A                E

When playing the arpeggios above, it’s okay if you deviate from the tab a bit (as far as which strings you play). The most important part is to (1) put your left hand in the chord position, and then (2) pick or pluck strings from that chord with your right hand in a general arpeggio manner. As long as your left hand stays in the chord shape, anything you play with your right hand with sound good.

Walk-ups and walk-downs

From the E up to the A:

E –––0–––––––––––––––––––0––––
B –––0–––––––––––––––––––2––––
G –––1–––––––––––––––––––2––––
D –––2–––––––––––––––––––2––––
A –––2–––––––––––––––0–––0––––
E –––0–––0––2––3––4–––––––––––
     E                   A

From the A up to the B7:

E –––0–––––––––––––––––––2––––
B –––2–––––––––––––––––––0––––
G –––2–––––––––––––––––––2––––
D –––2–––––––––––––––––––1––––
A –––0–––0––––1––––2–––––2–––-
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
     A                   B7

From the D down to the B7:

E –––2–––––––––––––––––––2––––
B –––3–––––––––––––––––––0––––
G –––2–––––––––––––––––––2––––
D –––0–––0–––––––––––––––1––––
A ––––––––––––4––––2–––––2–––-
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
     D                   B7

Chord progressions

Progression #1:

A  . . . C#m . . . D . . . A . . .
D  . . . E   . . . A . . . E . . .

Progression #2:

A  . . . C#m . . . D . . . A . . .
B7 . . . B7  . . . E . . . E . . .

Progression #3:

A  . . . C#m . . . D . . . D . . .
B7 . . . B7  . . . E . . . E . . .

Progression #4:

A  . . . C#m . . . D . . . D#° . . .
A  . . . E   . . . A . . . E   . . .

Good luck!

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