Over The Rainbow
Chords and finger style arrangement
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Over The Rainbow chords and finger style arrangement
Originally featured in the blockbuster movie ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ and written by Harold Arlen, the gorgeous ‘Over The Rainbow’ was voted #1 song of the last century by several prolific organizations.
Spy Tunes recorded the Eva Cassidy version of the song which didn’t become famous until after her death.
In Eva’s version, there is an intricate picking pattern and elaborate chord extensions which gently move the listener from one chord to the next. This creates a similar effect to that of the original orchestral arrangement.
This video lesson is a replica of Eva’s arrangement.
The chord movement of the chorus includes some classic variations such as I7 and IVm but it is the extensions that crave most of our attention.
It is actually in a different key but using a capo, think of it like this:
| Gadd9 | Em I Bm7 | G7 |
| C | Cm7 | Gadd9 | G7 Am7 G/B |
| C | Cm7 | Gadd9 G/F# | Em |
|Am7 D7 | D7sus4 D/F# | Gadd9 | Am7 D/F# |
There are plenty of movements to discuss in that section. To go deep, take the advanced 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 techniques. 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 course and you get four lessons on how to play and arrange like Eva does in ‘Over The Rainbow’.
Over The Rainbow – Lyrics
For complete lyrics, go to Over The Rainbow lyrics.
Among her most famed vocal performances are ‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’, ‘Que Sera, Sera’ and ‘Over The Rainbow’.
To find out more, go to Doris Day biography.
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 UK on December 13th ’00. 4 years after she was gone.
To find out more, go to Eva Cassidy biography.
Nobody has had more songs represented in the ‘Great American Songbook’ than Harold Arlen.
To find out more, go to Harold Arlen biography.
Amazingly, she had made an astonishing twelve films prior to ‘The Wizard Of Oz’.
In 1999, the American Film Institute placed her at #8 of greatest female stars in the history of American cinema.
To find out more, go to Judy Garland biography.
The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.
To see all lessons in the advanced course, go to Advanced Guitar Course
But don’t fret – As you’ve already mapped out the fretboard with pentatonic scales and barre chords, extending the concept is actually really simple.
Preview the exercises from the course here: Advanced Guitar Lessons
‘Angels’, ‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Cannonball’, ‘Close To You’, ‘Creepin’ In’, ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’, ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘Over The Rainbow’, ‘Roxanne’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, ‘Take Me To The River’, ‘Tears In Heaven’, and ‘Wish You Were Here’.
To preview each song, go to Advanced Acoustic Songs
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