Guitar lesson for

Long Haul

by Ian Munsick  •  Lesson #360

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Editor’s notes

Hey friends! I’ve got a brand new video lesson for you today, this one for the 2021 song Long Haul by the up-and-coming country artist Ian Munsick. I heard this song a week ago via Grady Smith’s YouTube recommendation – and it immediately got stuck in my head. 24 hours (and 6-7 listens) later, there was no choice but to grab my guitar and learn how to play it. If you haven’t heard this song, I strongly recommend giving it a listen!

Video timestamps:

Watch the stripped version of Long Haul by Ian Munsick, which my lesson is based on:

What I love about this song from a guitar point of view:

Lyrics and chords

Tuned all strings down 1/2 step to play along with Ian Munsick’s version.

INTRO (see PDF for intro tab)
Em  G/F#  G

	VERSE
Em         G/F#      G       G
...I don't ever look back... no, you never gotta
Em          G/F#        G          G
Worry about things like that... so don't think twice because
Em        G/F#        G              Cadd9 (let ring)
I ain't afraid of the slow burn, and one thing's for sure...
     D (let ring)              Em  G/F#  G
It's good to make a good thing last

	PRE-CHORUS
                   D      Em*                      Cmaj7
    So girl, don't worry..... this boy ain't gonna run
                   D      Em*                  Cmaj7 (let ring)
    There ain't no hurry..... we got plenty of days left under the sun

	CHORUS
                       Cmaj7
        No, it ain't a one day ride... tuck through the mountains
                  G
        Where the coyotes cry... down through the canyon
                  D                                          Em*
        Where the wild things hide...... and the cottonwoods fall
                (D)         Cmaj7
        Feel the river underneath our feet... we'll be drowning
             G
        In a sagebrush sea... as long as I know
                  D                                  Em*
        That it's you and me... time don't matter at all
                 (D)            Cmaj7       G
        Girl, I'm in it for the long haul--------------
                          D           Em*
        I'm in it for the long haul----------

Em        G/F#       G          G
...Take a hold of my hand...... I'm gonna love you
Em            G/F#      G          G
Slow like the hourglass sand...... God knows, I've spent
  Em          G/F#   G                    Cadd9 (let ring)
A lifetime of lonely wandering... but I'm all in for good
D (let ring)    Em  G/F#  G
I wanna be your man

    So girl, don't [D] worry...[Em*]... this boy ain't gonna [Cmaj7] run
    There ain't no [D] hurry...[Em*]... we got plenty of [Cmaj7] days left under the sun

        No, it ain't a [Cmaj7] one day ride... tuck through the mountains
        Where the [G] coyotes cry... down through the canyon
        Where the [D] wild things hide...... and the cottonwoods [Em*] fall...

        Feel the river under[Cmaj7]neath our feet... we'll be drowning
        In a [G] sagebrush sea... long as I know
        That it's [D] you and me... time don't matter at [Em*] all

        Girl, I'm in it for the [Cmaj7] long haul----[G]----------
        I'm in it for the [D] long haul---[Em*]-------

        [Cmaj7] Ooh----, ooooh [G] ooh------, ohhh [D] ooooh----, ooh, [Em*] oooh------
        [Cmaj7] Ooh----, ooooh [G] ooh------, ohhh [D] ooooh----, ooh, [Em*] oooh------

        Girl, I'm in it 'til the [Cmaj7] end... forever and [G] again
        I'm in it for the [D] long haul....

[Em] I don't [G/F#] ever look [G] back, no you never gotta
[Em] worry about [G/F#] things like... [G] that

Tuning and notes about the “stripped” version

Tune all strings down 1/2 step to play along with Ian Munsick’s version of this song. Also, note that this lesson is based off the “stripped” version of this song - which I love because the acoustic guitar stands out so much more. I absolutely recommend listening to that one if you haven’t heard it.

Chord shapes

The common way to play the chords used this song is as follows. technically, you could stand the song using these voicings and it could sound good!

e –––0–––––3–––––3–––––0–––––0––––––0–––––2–––
B –––0–––––3–––––3–––––1–––––0––––––3–––––3–––
G –––0–––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0––––––0–––––2–––
D –––2–––––0–––––0–––––2–––––2––––––2–––––0–––
A –––2–––––x–––––x–––––3–––––3––––––3–––––––––
E –––0–––––2–––––3––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
     Em   G/F#   G     C   Cmaj7  Cadd9   D

Here are the chord voicings you’ll need to play it like Ian Munsick(and, what I teach in my video lesson). In each of these chords use your right thumb to play the bass note, and then use your right index and middle finger to play the thinner 2-3 strings. The notes in parentheses are sometimes played (I’ll cover this later), but most of the time your right middle & index fingers stay on the 3rd and 4th strings, respectively. Also note how there is another E-minor voicing (with the added *), which has its bass note on the 5th string… keep reading to learn about this one.

e ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––––––––(3)–––(1)–––(0)––––(3)–––(3)–––(0)––
G –––0–––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0––––––0–––––0–––––0–––  ← Right middle
D –––2–––––0–––––0–––––2–––––2––––––2–––––4–––––5–––  ← Right index
A –––––––––––––––––––––3–––––3––––––3–––––5–––––7–––  ← Right thumb
E –––0–––––2–––––3––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––  ← Right thumb
     Em   G/F#   G     C   Cmaj7  Cadd9   D     Em*

Chord progressions

See PDF for chord progression diagrams.

Tabs for each section

See my PDF for intro, pre-chorus, and chorus tabs.

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