Over The Rainbow chords by Eva Cassidy


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Over The Rainbow | Chords + Lyrics (capo 1)


Intro

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

Chorus 1

| Gsus2 /F# | Em /D | Bm7b13 | G7 Amadd4 /B |
Somewhere over the rainbow,
| Cadd9 | Cm6 | Gmaj9 | G9 Amadd4 G/B |
way up high,
| C | Cm7 | Gadd9 G/F# | Em |
there’s a land that I’ve heard of once,
| Am13 | D7sus4 D/F# | Gadd9 | A7omit3 D/F# |
once in a lullaby.

Chorus 2

| Gadd9 /F# | Em | Bm7b13 | G7 Amadd4 /B |
Somewhere over the rainbow,
| C /A | Cm6 | Gmaj9 | G7sus2 Amadd4 G/B |
skies are blue.
| Cadd9 | Cm7 | Gadd9 G/F# | Em |
When the dreams that you dare to dream,
| Am13 | D7sus4 D/F# | Gadd9 | Am7 D/F# |
really do come true.

Verse 1

| Gadd9 | Gadd9 | Am11 | D/F# |
Someday I’ll wish upon a star, and wake up where the clouds are far
| Gmaj9 /F# | Emadd9 | Am7 | D6 D9sus4 |
behind me.
| Gadd9 | Gadd9 | F#7 | F#7 |
Where troubles melt like lemon drops, high above the chimney tops,
| Bm | Bm/Bb | Am7 | 7/4 D7/F# |
that’s where you’ll find me.

Solo

| 4/4 G Dadd4 | Cmaj13 | Bm | G9 |
| Cmaj7#11 | Cm13 | G | G7 |
| Cmaj7#11 | Cm13 | G D6add9/F# | Em9 |
| Am13 | 3/4 D7sus4 | 2/4 D6 | 4/4 Gadd9 | Am7 D/F# |

Verse 2

| Gadd9 | Gadd9 | Am11 | D/F# |
Someday I’ll wish upon a star, and wake up where the clouds are far
| Gmaj9 /F# | Emadd9 | Am7 | D6 D9sus4 |
behind me.
| Gadd9 | Gadd9 | F#7 | F#7 |
Where troubles melt like lemon drops, way above the chimney tops,
| Bm | Bm/Bb | Am7 | D7/F# | D7/F# |
that’s where you’ll find me.

Chorus 3

| G /F# | Em7 | Bm7 | G7 Am7add4 G/B |
Somewhere over the rainbow,
| Cadd9 | Cm6 | Gmaj9 | G9 Amadd4 G/B |
skies are blue.
| C | Cm7 | G G/F# | Em7 |
And the dreams that you dared to dream,
| Am13 | D7sus4 D/F# | Gadd9 | Gadd9/D |
they really do come true.

Outro

| Gadd9 | Gadd9/D | Am11 | D7sus4 |
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why,
| D7/F# | D7/F# | Cadd9 | Cadd9 | Ab | Ab | G |
oh why can’t I?


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Over The Rainbow Chords: Learn the progressions


Over The Rainbow 8 step by step guitar lessons

Eva Cassidy‘s live version of Over The Rainbow is one of the most beautiful guitar arrangements I’ve ever heard.

Recorded live in a jazz club when she was unknown to the world, an English TV producer broadcasted it in 2000, four years after Eva had passed away.

The reaction to this recording was so intense it made her posthumously world famous.

I felt this recording was so great, I transcribed it note-for-note. Above you can play along with the opening chorus using the video, below you see the TAB for the full chorus.

Over The Rainbow chords and TAB, Eva Cassidy chorus 1

Members look at the verses and remaining choruses in the same depth, using play-along TAB. We also look at how this iconic tune can be arranged as a nursery rhyme and played as a jazz standard.

Only by learning Eva’s arrangement note for note can we fully appreciate this masterpiece. Every step is practised slowly, fast, and at a free tempo with full TAB and practice loops.

It will take you six guitar lessons to achieve this for all sections of the entire song. In the final two lessons, we practice Lydian in all shapes as this relates to the melody of Over The Rainbow.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Over The Rainbow 8 step-by-step guitar lessons with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Over The Rainbow is the best song in the world!

Written by Harold Arlen and lyricist Yip Harburg for the movie Wizard Of Oz (1939). Sung by Judy Garland it, and the movie, of course, were an international hit.

In 2001, Over the Rainbow was voted the ‘Greatest Song of the 20th Century’ by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Since all the best songs were written last century this must mean Over The Rainbow is the best song in the world.

Two big covers have been released, the first by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole in 1993 using just a Ukulele. Famously he phoned the studio in the middle of the night, recorded it in one take, and left.

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole version has sold over 5 million copies.

The second big version was also done in one take. Captured live at the Jazz club Blues Alley. Shown on Top Of The Pops in 2001, this version became so big it launched Eva Cassidy to the world, unfortunately, she had by now passed away.

There is a studio version of Over The Rainbow by Eva available as well, it is nowhere near as good as the live Blues Alley version.

As a jazz standard, Over The Rainbow has been recorded by Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Doris Day. Every other jazz singer you can think of has most likely also sung it live.

To me, Eva Cassidy did it the best on her own on that one night in the Blues Alley.



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Study these in-depth and you will gain a complete understanding of the guitar fretboard, including how to build any scale, arpeggio, or chord.


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Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen wrote Over The Rainbow.

Harold Arlen wrote over four hundred songs. His 1938 song Over The Rainbow was voted the twentieth century’s #1 song by the RIAA.

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


Harold Arlen on the web

Listen to Harold Arlen on Spotify.


Eva Cassidy

Eva Cassidy covered Over The Rainbow.

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

Four years later, 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 U.K.


Eva Cassidy on the web

Listen to Eva Cassidy on Spotify.

Ballads

When you can play Over The Rainbow, try these Ballads as well.

The perfect first dance or an emotional piece for your next audition, this collection of Ballads is great for working on your expression.

Learn tunes from Burt Bacharach, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Eva Cassidy, Ben Harper, Etta James, Chet Baker, Elvis, Norah Jones, and many more.


About me

Dan Lundholm wrote this article on Over The Rainbow's chords.

This article on Over The Rainbow’s chords was written by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

Most importantly, find out why you should learn guitar through playing tunes, not practising scales, and studying theory in isolation.


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