On the Road Again chords by Willie Nelson


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On the Road Again | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: E | E :||

Verse 1

| E | E | G# |
On the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again.
| G# | F#m |
The life I love is making music with my friends.
| A B7 | E |
And I can’t wait to get on the road again.

Verse 2

| E | E | G# |
On the road again, goin’ places that I’ve never been.
| G# | F#m |
Seein’ things that I may never see again.
| A B7 | E |
And I can’t wait to get on the road again.

Bridge 1

| A | A | E |
On the road again, like a band of gypsies we go down the highway.
| A | A | E |
We’re the best of friends, insisting that the world keep turning our way.
| B7 N.C |
And our way.

Verse 3

| E | E | G# |
Is on the road again, I just can’t wait to get on the road again.
| G# | F#m |
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends.
| A B7 | E |
And I can’t wait to get on the road again.

Solo

||: E | E | G# |
| G# | F#m | A B7 | E :||

Bridge 2

| A | A | E |
On the road again, like a band of gypsies, we go down the highway.
| A | A | E |
We’re the best of friends, insisting that the world keep turning our way.
| B7 N.C |
And our way.

Verse 4

| E | E | G# |
Is on the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again.
| G# | F#m |
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends.
| A B7 | E |
And I can’t wait to get on the road again.
| A B7 | E | A B7 | E |
And I can’t wait to get on the road again.



On the Road Again Chords: Learn the progressions!


On The Road Again, guitar lesson with TAB

Played in the key of E, On The Road Again‘s chord progressions have an unusual length, the verse is 7 bars long, like this:

| E (I) | E | G# (IIIx) |
| G# | F#m (II) |
| A (IV) B7 (V) | E (I) |

Using Roman numerals, we start at chord I, then go to IIIx, or the mediant major as posh folk say. This is followed by a II – IV – V – I.

The bridge starts on chord IV, making us feel as if we really do get out on that road, toward new adventures. Followed by chord I, then repeated, we finish on chord V with a stop, like this:

||: A (IV) | A | E (I) :||
| B7 (V) N.C |

Again, that unusual length of 7 bars was used in the bridge too.

Members look at three ideas for playing the verse and three for the bridge, here’s idea 1 for On The Road Again’s verse chords.

On The Road Again chords and TAB, verse idea 1.

As you can see here, I’ve started with the root on string 4 for the E chord and then moved that concept to all other chords.

The advantage of doing this (compared to going low E first) is that you get the same feel the original bass provides, it too alternates from high to low.

Members look at two more TAB ideas like this for the verse and three for the bridge. They are all very repetitive as this is key to improving, you must first get the basics right.

Try the TAB you see above here along with the original recording at the top of the page. The band has tuned slightly lower, to 434Hz, use my online guitar tuner to get on their frequency.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): On The Road Again – Guitar lesson with TAB.

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Using On The Road Again to get better at picking!

It’s a common misconception that you should practice exercises until you’re so technically good that you “can play anything”. I’ve seen hundreds of students attempt this and fail.

What happens when you practice something out of context is that you become stiff, mechanical, and even unmusical.

After years of experimenting with guitar lessons, I discovered that the best way was to instead take a song and make that your exercise. This way, you stay musical and develop a repertoire.

Members look at three examples for the verse and three for the bridge, they are very repetitive, having the same idea adapted to each chord.

Practice these individually and then along to the song and you’ll get good at playing fast country rhythms like this. Once you’ve mastered it in one song, the next tune will be easier.

When you have enough songs, find a band, and get out there to find out what all this fuss is about!

As Willie says: The life I love is makin’ music with my friends. He didn’t say; practising exercises at home!



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