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On Our Way Home

Full Tune: Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass and Drums
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Guitar/Lead Backing Track: Rhythm Guitar, Bass and Drums
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Bass Backing Track: Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar and Drums
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Drums Backing Track: Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar and Bass
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Time/size: 4 mins 25 secs/6.2mb. 56 beats per minute/bpm

Rock tune and backing track: On Our Way Home is a laid back instrumental tune in the key of C.

Backing track instruments: electric guitar, fretless bass and drums.

Progression: C Major, D minor, E minor; played 3 times and C, F Major and G Major; played once.

Suggestions: The C Major scale sounds good over this backing track. Play simple notes with nothing but feel. Listen to the tones the notes on each string makes. Play the Root notes of each chord over each chord in the progression. Add other notes from the chord and then add notes in between the notes used in the chords.

Make sure you don't play it like you are playing scales - if it sounds like an exercise stop and listen to what you can sing in your head and then find those notes on the fretboard.

Get creative, get musical and have fun.

On Our Way Home Chords

Rhythm Guitar

C Major

E|--x--
B|--5--
G|--5--
D|--5--
A|--3--
E|--x--

D minor

E|--x--
B|--6--
G|--7--
D|--7--
A|--5--
E|--x--

E minor

E|--x--
B|--8--
G|--9--
D|--9--
A|--7--
E|--x--

C Major

E|--x--
B|--5--
G|--5--
D|--5--
A|--3--
E|--x--

F Major

E|---x--
B|--10--
G|--10--
D|--10--
A|---8--
E|---x--

G Major

E|---x--
B|--12--
G|--12--
D|--12--
A|--10--
E|---x--

Chord Progression

You need to be able play Major and minor chords that have their Root note on the 5th (A) string well to play the rhythm part for this tune. Particularly when you go to change between the Major and minor chords.

It's not advanced but it's not exactly easy either. The guitar tab for the chords used is above.

On the fourth beat of each bar I'm sliding between the D minor to E minor back to the D minor chords and similarly for the F Major to G Major to F Major chords.

When I play the C, F and G Major chords like this I use my little finger to fret the three notes on the 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings. You might find it more comfortable to use your ring finger to fret these notes. It's probably more common to use your ring finger but for me it hurts when I play it that way.

The hardest thing about the rhythm guitar for this progression is that it's a bit of an endurance test. I'm tipping that if you play rhythm guitar along with the track your fingers are going to get sore. Pain will set in and you'll start thinking nasty thoughts towards me for making it go over four minutes.

To that I say: TOUGHEN UP! Your ancestors didn't fight battles so you could sit around complaining about how hard it is to play a few chords on the guitar when your fingers start to get tired. Your ancestors fought battles so you could enjoy the freedom of being able to sit around enjoying life, creativity and all the happiness that good things like music can bring.

1. C Major Scale - 9th Position - One Octave

E|-----------------------------
B|------------------10-12-13-
G|--------9-10-12------------
D|-10-12---------------------
A|----------------------------
E|----------------------------

2. C Major Scale - 5th Position - One Octave

Same notes as above just in a different position on the neck. Although the notes are the same pitch they have slightly different tonal qualities due to them being played on different strings.

E|-------------5-7-8-
B|------5-6-8--------
G|-5-7---------------
D|--------------------
A|--------------------
E|--------------------

3. C Major Scale - Starting in 7th Position - One Octave up to Scale 1 for another Octave

E|------------------------------------------------
B|-------------------------------------10-12-13-
G|---------------------------9-10-12------------
D|---------------7-9-10-12----------------------
A|-------7-8-10---------------------------------
E|-8-10------------------------------------------

On Our Way Home Bass Tab

1. Bass Line One

Bass Line One follows the Root note of the chords that the rhythm guitar is playing.

G|---------------------------------------------------------
D|--------0-2-0--------0-2-0--------0-2-0--------3-5-3-
A|-3-3-3--------3-3-3--------3-3-3--------3-3-3--------
E|---------------------------------------------------------

1. Bass Line Two

Bass Line Two is similar to Bass Line One except it adds the 5th note (G) on the low E (4th) string when playing over the C Major chord.

G|-----------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------0-2-0---------0-2-0----------0-2-0----------3-5-3-
A|-3-3----3--------3-3---3--------3-3---3--------3-3---3--------
E|------5---------------5---------------5--------------5----------

On Our Way Home Drum Chart

Play solid time on the ride and put expression into the bass drum and snare.

Webpage: On Our Way Home Drum Chart

Download: On Our Way Home Drum Chart

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Get More Out of Music

Here are some ideas to help you understand more about music.

If you are a guitar player you should try using the bass backing track to play the bass lines over the tune. If you play bass you could use the scale suggestions and the lead guitar tracks to play solo bass over.

Guitarists and bass players should go to the drum chart above, play the tune and follow the drum chart. It's not that hard to follow the tune along with drum chart.

My point is this - there is a lot of work on pages such as this one and I want you to get the most out of it that you can. Think outside the square, away from your main instrument. Think about the bigger picture - look at how the whole piece of music comes together.

Each part is quite simple but together magic happens.

That magic is music.

Understanding the various elements will help you become a better musician, song writer and give you more enjoyment in general.

Jam on!

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