Home on the Range
Free Guitar Tabs & Sheet Music

Home on the Range free guitar tabs will open up a new world of chords to your student.

Have you been stuck on the "three main chords?"  Branch out to some secondary and "borrowed" chords, major and minor!

First, a look at the "basic" Home On the Range" chord progression:

Home on the Range with standard notation melody line, plus guitar tablature for the melody.  Chord symbols for guitar: in the key of G.

This is a SIMPLE arrangement, with the I, IV, and V chords.  Just G, C, and D7.

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The primary chords in the key of G are easy for a beginner (they can even use "baby" chords such as are found on this page, Guitar Chords Chart for Beginners if necessary).

Not only that, but the melody is not too hard to figure out with the guitar tabs.  The only tricky element is that finger 4; nobody is fond of it, but using it is necessary to nip that "curled pinky finger" habit in the bud!

Okay, now we're going to look at an arrangement that uses SECONDARY chords.  These are chords other than the I, IV, and V (1, 4, & 5).

These chords could be the ii, iii, or vi chords (2, 3, or 6 chords), or they could be borrowed from another key entirely.

Home on the Range guitar chords and tabs in the key of G with fancy chords; primary and secondary chords.

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Am I speaking a foreign language to you?  If so, please look at the page "Guitar Song Chords" to gain a feeling for the chord "families" - which chords naturally tend to go together.

Wow.  Just look at all the chords used.  This arrangement is VERY BEAUTIFUL.  Chords G, G7, C, Cm, A7, D, D7, B, and Em.

However, to my amazement, a couple of my students COMPLAINED that the chords were really hard.  

Well, isn't that the point of guitar lessons?  To learn new things?  

I didn't feel sorry for them.

Please scroll down the page for the free downloadable printable PDFs.

Notice that I have altered the melody just a bit in measure 21, in the second arrangement.  

This "A" note in the melody also works just fine in the first arrangement, but it seems to suit the melancholy flavor of the B chord nicely, as it moves into the E minor chord.

For your students who persevere with this song, I suggest using it as finger-picking practice.  Here's what I like:

Pinch Thumb & Middle finger, then Index, Ring, Index, Middle, Index.   T&M, I, R, I, M, I.  A total of 6 beats.  

This pattern seems to suit the sentimentality of this sweet old song very well!



The guitar download links:


Download Home On the Range free guitar tabs, easy chords


Download Home On the Range with fancy secondary chords









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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

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