Over The Rainbow

Learn How To Play Over The Rainbow

Chords & Guitar Lessons

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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals


Originally featured in the blockbuster movie The Wizard Of Oz and written by Harold Arlen, the gorgeous Over The Rainbow was voted #1 song of the last century by several prolific organizations.

Spy Tunes recorded the Eva Cassidy version of the song which didn’t become famous until after her death.

In Eva’s version, there is an intricate picking pattern and elaborate chord extensions which gently move the listener from one chord to the next. This creates a similar effect to that of the original orchestral arrangement.

This video above is an exact, note for note replica of Eva’s arrangement.

Chord progression

Too complex to reveal in its entirety here, as Eva changes the way she plays the three choruses and two verses. Below is the intro, chorus 1 and verse 1.

This may be helpful once you actually learned the arrangement using complete TAB (this is available in the course).


| Gadd9 | Gadd9/D I Am11 | 6/4 D9sus4/A |

Chorus 1

| Gsus2 | Em | Bmb13 | G7 Amadd4 /B |

| Cadd9 | Cm6 | Gmaj9 | G9 Amadd4 G/B |

| C | Cm7 | Gadd9 G/F# | Em |

|Am13 | D7sus4 D/F# | Gadd9 | A7omit3 D/F# |

Verse 1

| Gadd9 | Gadd9 | Am11 | D/F# |

| Gmaj9 | Emadd9 | Am7 | D6 D9sus4 |

| Gadd9 | Gadd9 | F#7 | F#7 |

| Bm | Bm/Bb | Am7 | 7/4 D7/F# |

There are plenty of movements to discuss in these sections, and more in the other choruses and verses, which are different! In the course, we spend six hours investigating, complete with TAB loops to practice along with.

In the end, you’ll be able to play the song, like Eva did, by just reading the chords.

Eva Cassidy’s guitar style

Eva Cassidy’s guitar style is heavily inspired by classical guitar techniques. A gentle and floating right-hand technique is seemingly preferable.

Using counterpoint movements, we never feel as if anything sudden happens in the arrangement. This approach relaxes the listener and moves the focus to the elaborate vocal melody.

Take the advanced course and you get six in depth lessons on how to play and arrange as Eva does in Over The Rainbow.

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Guitar Lessons

In the advanced acoustic course, there are 8 lessons related to learning how to play Over The Rainbow, exactly like Eva did in her famous live version.

Here are links to all these guitar lessons: Step 1 (Melody & Chorus 1)Step 2 (Chorus 2 & 3)Step 3 (Verses)Step 4 (Solo)Step 5 (Intro & Outro)Step 6 (Complete song)Step 7 (Lydian C & A shapes)Step 8 ( Lydian G, E & D shapes).


Over The RainbowSomewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream

Go to Over The Rainbow lyrics.

Doris Day

doris-day-thumbHaving achieved success as a big band singer, film actress, recording artist, and radio and television performer, Doris Day became one of America’s best-loved entertainers of the 50s.

Among her most famed vocal performances are Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Que Sera, Sera and Over The Rainbow.

Go to Doris Day biography.

Eva Cassidy

eva-cassidy-thumbEva Cassidy was an American guitar player and vocalist who didn’t reach fame until after she passed away on November 2nd ’96.

An amateur recording of Eva playing Over The Rainbow in her local pub was played on Top of the Pops 2, a TV show in the UK on December 13th ’00. 4 years after she was gone.

Go to Eva Cassidy biography.

Harold Arlen

harold-arlen-thumbHarold Arlen wrote over four hundred songs. His 1938 song Over The Rainbow was voted the twentieth century’s #1 song by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Nobody has had more songs represented in the Great American Songbook than Harold Arlen.

Go to Harold Arlen biography.

Judy Garland

judy-graland-thumbJudy Garland shot to worldwide fame when she sang Over The Rainbow in the 1939 Blockbuster The Wizard of Oz at only sixteen years old.

Amazingly, she had made an astonishing twelve films prior to The Wizard Of Oz.

In 1999, the American Film Institute placed her at #8 of the greatest female stars in the history of American cinema.

Go to Judy Garland biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.

Go to Advanced guitar course.


You can learn how to play these advanced songs on the acoustic guitar.

Angels, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Blackbird, Cannonball, Don’t Wait Too Long, I Shot The Sheriff, Over The Rainbow, Roxanne, Scarborough Fair, Sunshine Of Your Love, Take Me To The River, Tears In Heaven, and Wish You Were Here.

Go to Advanced acoustic songs.

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