Over The Rainbow Chords

Over The Rainbow chords lesson

Learn how to play Over The Rainbow!

Originally featured in the blockbuster movie ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ and written by Harold Arlen, the gorgeous ‘Over The Rainbow’ has been voted #1 song of the last century.

Spy Tunes have recorded the Eva Cassidy version of the song which didn’t become famous until after her death.

With its intricate picking pattern and elaborate chord extensions ‘Over The Rainbow’ gently moves you from one chord to the next.

This way, Eva manage to create a similar effect to that of the original orchestral arrangement.

Over The Rainbow chord progression

The chord movement of the Chorus include some classic variations such as I7 and IVm but it is the extension that crave most attention.

It is actually in a different key but using a capo, think like this:

II: Gadd9 I Em I Bm7 I G7 I
I C I Cm7 I Gadd9 I G7  Am7 G/B I
I C I Cm7 I Gadd9 G/F# I Em I
I Am7 D7 I D7sus4 D/F# I Gadd9 I Am7 D/F# :II

Plenty of movements to discuss in that section, to go deep, take the Advanced Guitar Course where we pick the arrangement apart, including full TAB for every section of the song.

Eva Cassidy’s guitar style

Eva Cassidy’s guitar style is heavily inspired by classical guitar arranging. A gentle and floating right hand technique is preferable.

Using almost counterpoint movements we never feel as if anything sudden happens in the arrangement.

This approach relaxes the listener and moves the focus to the elaborate vocal melody.

Take the Advanced Guitar Course and you get four lessons on how to play and arrange like this.