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Somewhere Over The Rainbow Chords

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This is my impression of what I thought I heard Eric Clapton playing live in concert.
A soulful bluesy rendition is played in a 2 chop per chord method.
This revision could be a good challenge to a novice player but should be playable
by most intermediate players.
Quaangelo


chords:
E=     022100
C#9=   x43444
F#m7=  242222
B9=    x21222
C#m7=  446454
G#m7=  464444
Ebm7=  x6867x
Eaug=  x7655x
A=     577655
Eb7=   x6564x
D9=    x54555
Bbm7=  686666
Eb9=   x65666
D7=    xx0212
A(alt)=x0222x
B=     x2444x


Intro: E  C#9  F#m7  B9 
repeats many times while introducing band members 

(Alternate improvised intro:)
E=  x7645x
C#9= x8989x
F#m7= x4767x
B9= x6747x 

E   C#m7  G#m7     Ebm7 Eaug   A    Eb7  G#m7 C#9
Somewhere over the rain bow    Way  Up   High----

F#m7   D9  G#m7           C#9      F#m7      B9   E   A(alt)  B
Theres a   land that I've heard of once in a lullaby

E   C#m7  G#m7     Ebm7 Eaug   A     Eb7  G#m7 C#9 
Somewhere over the rain bow    Skies are  blue----

F#m7 D9   G#m7            C#9     F#m7         B9      E
and  the  dreams that you dare to dream really do come true 

     E                                                     
Some day I'll wish upon a star and 

F#m7              B9               G#m7  C#9 F#m7 B9                 
wake up where the clouds are far behind  me---------

      E                                              
Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Bbm7           Eb9                                           
Away above the chimney tops

       G#m7  C#9    F#m7  B9                                             
That's where you'll find  me

E   C#m7  G#m7     Ebm7 Eaug  A     Eb7    G#m7 C#9
Somewhere over the rain bow   blue  birds  fly-----

F#m7   D7  G#m7     C#9  
Birds  fly over the rainbow

F#m7         B9        G#m7 C#9
Why then, oh why can't I------?

F#m7   D7  G#m7     C#9
Birds  fly over the rainbow

F#m7         B9        E
Why then, oh why can't I?

   E                          F#m7
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow

B9                 E  C#9  F#m7  B9
Why, oh, why can't I?  

E  C#9  F#m7  B9
repeat

Note: 
another way to play this passage....

E   C#m7  G#m7     Ebm7 Eaug   A    Eb7  G#m7 C#9
Somewhere over the rain bow    Way  Up   High----


E   C#m7  G#m7     Eb7  E7     A    Eb7  G#m7 C#9
Somewhere over the rain bow    Way  Up   High----

where:
E7= x7675x
Eb7= x6564x






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Quaangelo wrote on February 16 2008, 09:30 pm, edited on November 25 2015, 12:32 pm

a possible last 4 chords at the very end could be E, C#7, F#m, B7, E. Like this:E 0 2 2 1 0 0C#7 9 8 9 10 x xF#M 9 9 11 11 10 9B7 7 9 7 8 7 7E 7 7 9 9 9 7

An alternate for Eaug can also be Em7... x7978x... which actually makes the song a little easier to play. This song can look like a lot is going on but in truth most of the chords used have the same shape. If you are struggling a little with this song, try practicing grouping all the 9th chords (B9, C#9, D9, Eb9) as these all share the same shape, and then practice the group of m7th chords (F#m7, G#m7,Bbm7,C#m7) as these all share the same shape on the fingerboard. After a little practice a pattern of alternating chords emerges, 9th -m7th-9th-m7th . Good Luck.
Qua

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xxx_xela wrote on January 1 2009, 03:25 am

unappropraiate

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timmyti9 wrote on January 18 2010, 04:48 pm

Can anybody suggest a good scale to use over this? I can't put my finger on one...

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