Rosanna chords by Toto


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Rosanna | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| N.C | N.C | drums
||: G5 (octave) :|| x4

Verse 1

| G5 (octave) | G5 (octave) | G5 (octave) |
All I wanna do when I wake up in the morning is see your eyes. Rosanna, Rosanna.
| Fsus2 | Em7 | G5 (octave) | G5 (octave) C5 |
I never thought that a girl like you could ever care for me. Rosanna.
| F5 | F (octave) | F (octave) |
All I wanna do in the middle of the evening is hold you tight. Rosanna, Rosanna.
| Eb5 | Dm7 |
I didn’t know you were looking for more than I could ever be.

Pre-chorus 1

| Gm | F/A Bb | Eb5 Bb F/A |
Not quite a year since you went away. Rosanna, yeah.
| Gm | F/A Bb Eb5 | Bb5 F5 | 2/4 F5 | 4/4
Now she’s gone, and I have to say.

Chorus 1

||: Bb Eb5 | Eb5 Bb F/A Bb :||
Meet you all the way.
Meet you all the way. Rosanna, yeah.
Meet you all the way.
| Bb Eb5 | Eb5 Bb5 F5 |2/4 F5 | 4/4
Meet you all the way. Rosanna, yeah.

Verse 2

| G5 (octave) | G5 (octave) | G5 (octave) |
I can see your face still shining through the window on the other side. Rosanna, Rosanna.
| Fsus2 | Em7 | G5 (octave) | G5 (octave) C5 |
I didn’t know that a girl like you could make me feel so sad. Rosanna.
| F5 | F5 (octave) | F5 (octave) |
All I wanna tell you is now you’ll never ever have to compromise. Rosanna, Rosanna.
| Eb5 | Dm7 |
I never thought that losing you could ever hurt so bad.

Pre-chorus 2

| Gm | F/A Bb | Eb5 Bb F/A |
Not quite a year since you went away. Rosanna, yeah.
| Gm | F/A Bb Eb5 | Bb5 F5 | 2/4 F5 | 4/4
Now she’s gone, and I have to say.

Chorus 2

||: Bb Eb5 | Eb5 Bb F/A Bb :||
Meet you all the way.
Meet you all the way. Rosanna, yeah.
Meet you all the way.
| Bb Eb5 | Eb5 Bb5 F5 |2/4 F5 | 4/4
Meet you all the way. Rosanna, yeah.

Solo

| G5 (octave) | G5 (octave) | G5 (octave) |
| Fsus2 | Em7 | G5 (octave) | G5 (octave) C5 |
| F5 | F (octave) | F (octave) | Eb5 | Dm7 |

Pre-chorus 3

| Gm | F/A Bb | Eb5 Bb F/A |
Not quite a year since you went away. (Who is it?) Rosanna, yeah.
| Gm | F/A Bb Eb5 | Bb5 F5 | 2/4 F5 | 4/4
Now she’s gone, and I have to say.

Chorus 3

||: Bb Eb5 | Eb5 Bb F/A Bb :||
Meet you all the way, yeah, yeah, girl.
Meet you all the way. Rosanna, yeah.
Meet you all the way ooh, ooh, ooh, yeah.
| Bb Eb5 | Eb5 Bb5 F5 |2/4 F5 | 4/4
Meet you all the way. Rosanna, yeah.

Chorus 4

||: Bb Eb5 | Eb5 Bb F/A Bb :||
Meet you all the way.
Meet you all the way. Rosanna, yeah.
Meet you all the way.
| Bb Eb5 | Eb5 Bb5 F5 |2/4 F5 | 4/4
Meet you all the way. Rosanna, yeah.

Outro

||: G5 (C/G) | G5 (C/G) :||


Rosanna chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Rosanna Analysis + TAB

Mainly known for the hi-hat style of Jeff Porcarro‘s legendary drumming, Rosanna is not just every drummer’s favorite tune, chord enthusiasts like you and me get to enjoy some extremely clever slash chords too!

If you’ve done an internet search for Rosanna chords, you probably found some different results to what you see above, Am instead of the F/A for example.

The absolute truth is that neither of those is actually correct. It should really be an F/C chord because the bass player plays a C. However, this is confusing for us as guitar players as we play what looks like an F/A on just two strings.

Furthermore, the Bb should really be a Bb/D, but again, on the guitar, it’s just two strings.

After pulling my hair out for a while I decided to try and make this as simple as possible. It’s easy to go too far when it comes to music this complex, so, TAB is to the rescue for members, including that horn riff at the end of the pre-chorus!

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Rosanna, guitar lesson 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.

Rosanna is every drummer’s favorite tune!

Released in 1982 on the album Toto IV, Rosanna became a huge hit, not just with the general public, but also with every drum teacher who now had something to pass on to their students.

The intricate hi-hat style employed even has been named, not after the drummer who plays on Rosanna, Jeff Porcaro, but another legend, Bernard Purdie.

Jeff then combined this with the John Bonham and the Bo Diddley beat and created the Rosanna Shuffle.

Few drummers play this as well as the original but keep trying, just like they do with Paul Simon/Steve Gadd’s 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.

I guess the challenge both these tunes present is what makes then every drummer’s favorites, if they can actually do it that is..!

I suggest you should challenge the drummer in your band to play Rosanna, he’ll be well impressed when you play that horn lick at the end of the pre-chorus…


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Toto

Formed in 1977 by session musicians in L.A. Toto released their own albums as well as became Michael Jackson’s backing band.

Under their own name, they had great success with Hold The Line, Rosanna, Africa, Stop Loving You, and Georgy Porgy.


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