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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: C  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 5/22/2016
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Notes: Here is a bluegrass arrangement of “Over the Rainbow,” often referred to as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” I play it in the key of C, standard G tuning, although some versions I have heard (e.g., Eddie Shelton’s) are in the key of G. But I think C works better on the banjo. I am aware that there are alternate chord structures for this tune, particularly for the B part. This version works for me, but your mileage may vary, and feel free to come up with your own arrangement.


Jack Baker Says:
Monday, March 30, 2015 @6:55:03 PM
Really great Michael...Jack p.s. How's retirement?...

corcoran Says:
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 @5:34:18 AM
Thanks, Jack. Retirement is good.

Jack Baker Says:
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 @1:35:21 PM

kmwaters Says:
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @1:29:14 PM
Awesome Mike.

codexile Says:
Friday, February 3, 2023 @6:23:28 PM
I thought I might be an intermediate player until I came across this arrangement! It's smokin'! I'll be trying to learn this for the next month or so. Until then I'll keep it looping in TABLEDIT. This rocks!

corcoran Says:
Friday, February 3, 2023 @10:22:55 PM
Thanks very much for your kind comments! I had actually forgotten that I had tabbed Rainbow out. I guess I will have to relearn how to play it …

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