Learning To Fly chords by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers


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Learning To Fly | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) :|| x4

Verse 1

||: Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) :||
Well, I started out, down a dirty road.
Started out, all alone.
And the sun went down, as I crossed the hill.
And the town lit up, the world got still.

Chorus 1

||: Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) :||
I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings.
Coming down, is the hardest thing.

Verse 2

||: Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) :||
Well the good ol’ days, may not return.
And the rocks might melt, and the sea may burn.

Chorus 2

||: Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) :||
I’m learning to fly (I’m learning to fly). But I ain’t got wings (I’m learning to fly).
Coming down (I’m learning to fly). Is the hardest thing (I’m learning to fly).

Instrumental 1

| G | G |
||: Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) :|| x4

Verse 3 (breakdown)

||: Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) :||
Now some say life, will beat you down.
Yeah, break your heart, steal your crown.

Verse 4 (full band)

||: Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) :||
So it started out, for God knows where.
I guess I’ll know, when I get there.

Chorus 3

||: Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) :||
I’m learning to fly, around the clouds.
But what goes up (I’m learning to fly), must come down.

Instrumental 2

| G | G |
||: Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) :||

Chorus 4 (outro)

||: Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) :||
I’m learning to fly (I’m learning to fly), but I ain’t got wings.
Coming down, is the hardest thing.
I’m learning to fly (I’m learning to fly), around the clouds.
But what goes up (I’m learning to fly), must come down.
I’m learning to fly (I’m learning to fly, I’m learning to fly).
I’m learning to fly (I’m learning to fly, I’m learning to fly).
(I’m learning to fly, I’m learning to fly).


Learning To Fly’s chords and progressions

Learning To Fly Analysis + TAB

Just like another Tom Petty hit, Free Fallin’, Learning To Fly is best played using two guitars (or more!).

Guitar 1 should be played without a capo using these chords on a never-ending loop:

||: Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) :||

Using the extensions Fadd9 and Am7, we get that open G string ringing through the progression, kind of like Blackbird does.

The second guitar could play these chords using a capo on fret 5:

||: C G | Em D (Dadd4) :||

Avoiding the extensions is a good idea, it makes the parts blend better, just like he did with Free Fallin’.

There is a third possibility when playing Learning To Fly’s chords, members get TAB for all three parts as well as a super simple but genius intro part that any guitarist can learn so much from.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Learning To Fly chord analysis and TAB.

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Learning To Fly was just another hit from Tom Petty!

On the 1991 album Into The Great Wide Open, we find the title track and Learning To Fly as the two big singles.

This was Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers reunion after he’d momentarily gone solo with Full Moon Fever two years earlier.

As a single, Learning To Fly did reach #1 and at the peak of Tom Petty’s hit parade, it was just another great tune. Around this time he just kept writing hits, like it was the easiest thing in the world.

It was as if he, Jeff Lynne (producer), and Mike Campbell had found the secret formula and just kept doing it.

If you are interested in writing hits, I find it hard to name a better era than 1989-1991 Tom Petty, study them in-depth, and you may learn how to fly!


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