Guitar lesson for
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
by Willie Nelson • Lesson #135
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In this video I’ll show you a guitar tutorial for “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” by Willie Nelson. I’ll teach you the chords, strumming pattern, and various other bits and pieces you’ll need to play the song. Check it out and let me know if you have questions!
- 0:00 Greeting & lesson agenda
- 1:18 Song structure
- 2:28 Chords needed
- 5:57 Intro arpeggio tab
- 7:32 Strumming pattern
- 9:17 Walk-up and walk-down tabs
- 11:13 Playthrough
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
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#°
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D U
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
A . . . C#m . . . D . . . A . . . D . . . E . . . A . . . E . . .
A . . . C#m . . . D . . . A . . . B7 . . . B7 . . . E . . . E . . .
A . . . C#m . . . D . . . D . . . B7 . . . B7 . . . E . . . E . . .
A . . . C#m . . . D . . . D#° . . . A . . . E . . . A . . . E . . .
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