Easy song Harmonica Lesson: Learn to play Take me home, Country roads

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Easy song for harmonica: Take me home, Country roads lesson

In this beginner lesson, you will Learn to play another cool country tune on your harmonica, named as 'Take me home, Country roads.' You’ll practice the 12 licks that form the song sections and then play them on the provided backing track video.

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The song was released in 1971 and for one week dominated the Billboard’s US 100 singles. Later It became one of the most John Denver’s popular hits.

In order to perform this tune we use a C harmonica and we play in 1st position. The song key is C major, and on the videos included in this lesson you’ll find the tab on which the notes and the harmonica holes are notated, allowing an easy play-along practise session.

How to read the video lesson tab:

One plus symbol means to blow the harmonica hole.

An apostrophe means to bend the note of a half-tone.

A double apostrophe means to bend the note of a whole-tone.

 A triple apostrophe means to bend the note of three steps.

Song analysis:

Playing difficulty level: Beginner.

Note bending skills: Not required.

Lesson focus: Higher harmonica holes playing.

Provided backing track for this lesson: G major bluegrass chord progression. A slow version of the tune and of the backing track are available too.

You cand download the lesson tabs using the following link:  Take me home, Country road tabs. 

Harmonica tab: Take me home, Country Roads by John Denver - Part 1
Harmonica tab: Take me home, Country Roads by John Denver - Part 2

The tune is composed of three parts: the verse, the refrain and the bridge.

The verse chord progression:

C, Am, G, F, C

C, Am, G, F, C

Let’s practice together the 4 verse licks on the following interactive videos:

The refrain chord progression:

C, G, Am, F

C, G, F, C

Practice now with me the 4 licks that compose the refrain, follow the video indications:

The bridge chord progression:

Am, G, C, F, C, G

Am, Bb, C, G

With the last set of videos you find below, we will practice together the bridge licks, 4 in total.

Following you'll find the whole song played by the teacher and the backing track video for your to perform the tune.

Here was how to play Take me home, Country roads. If you enjoyed learning this song with your harp, you might want to improve your harmonica playing level: have a look at our online harmonica school courses here.