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How To Play Home By Phillip Phillips On Guitar • Chords, Strumming And Fingerpicking Patterns, Tab, Video Guitar Lesson

As a guitar, electric bass, ukulele instructor at Long & McQuades, I have taught countless musicians how to play or improve their chops.

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Deluxe Edition includes BONUS TRACKS.

Introduction

Phillip Phillips is an American singer-songwriter from Georgia. He won the eleventh season of American Idol. The song 'Home' has become the best selling digital single of all first offerings from Idol winners. Prior to his appearance on American Idol, he was a part of the second season of America's Got Talent, but did not make it to the finals. He had eight surgeries during his time on Idol, and considered quitting due to the pain he was in. A classic case of never say die, Phillips went on to beat out the competition and take top prize. Well deserved!

The Chart

I have arranged an easier picking pattern, so that the song can be played with a pick. If you are already into fingerpicking, you might want to try these variations on the pattern:

Variation 1

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Variation 2

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Cut Time Symbol

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Song Structure

The song is in two two time. It is simple duple time, (common time is simple quadruple time). This means there are two beats to a measure and the half note gets one beat. The symbol, C with a slash through it is used in modern notation. Many musicians refer to this as 'cut time', or 'cut common time', because it is two beats to a measure as opposed to the normal four in 'common time' (four four time). In essence, cut time is doubling the speed of common time. Many country songs, marches, and fast orchestral pieces are played in cut time.

The Csus4 (sus means suspend), has the same sound, in this case, as an Fsus2. A true suspend chord has the suspended interval (in these cases, the interval is a fourth and a second), replacing the third of the chord. For example:

Chord spelling for C Major is C (root) E (third) G (fifth)

Chord spelling for Csus4 is C (root), F (fourth) G (fifth)

Chord spelling for F Major is F (root) A (third) C (fifth)

Chord spelling for Fsus2 is F (root) G (second) C (fifth)

Look at the structure of Csus4 and Fsus2, they are the same, just inverted.

The Csus4 adds a droning sound to the verses, because the C is repeated in the bass of both chords. The C bass note can loosely be described as a 'pedal point', a musical term used to describe a note the remains static while the chords change.

Very funny movie, some great music!

Fingerstyle Chart

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Strumming Chart

The tempo in two two time is somewhere around ninety to ninety five beats per minute (bpm). Strumming and fingerpicking this song with the recording, is difficult. It will feel like one hundred and eighty to one hundred and ninety bpm.

The pattern I have notated has a very popular country sound. Accent the second quarter note heavily, while hitting just a few of the bass strings on the first quarter note. The result is a strum, STRUM or chick, BOOM sound. This may prove to be difficult in the beginning, but gets much easier with practice and is essential to the proper rhythm sound. You can also try playing the root note of the chord on the first quarter note, then strumming the entire chord on the second. This will result in a more precise sound, but is much harder to execute.

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Home with vocalist Elizabeth Storms

This is the version that fits with the backing track below. There is no count in, the transcription starts with the recording.

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A play along backing track for the song.

Lyrics

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Home. I have left out the repeats for the interlude

Official Music Video

© 2013 Lorne Hemmerling

Comments

Lorne Hemmerling (author) from Oshawa on January 16, 2013:

@ lindalou Too funny! It is great to hear a song with honest playing and production in this digital world. Great tune!

Linda from Texas on January 16, 2013:

I can't play an instrument, but I love Phillip Phillips! When I was scrolling and saw his photo, out of habit I started looking for the like button!

Lorne Hemmerling (author) from Oshawa on January 16, 2013:

Thanks so much, my friend!!

KyleShumway on January 16, 2013:

Very cool hub. Thank you for spelling this out for me. Preesh!