Here’s a Leaving On A Jet Plane Strumming & some Super Easy Guitar Chords

Yours truly! Will Ripley (Campfire Guitar Star)

Leaving On A Jet Plane

John Denver had been playing music in clubs after dropping out of school in 1963 and moving to LA.  In 1966, he decided to make an album as a Christmas present friends and family.  “Babe I Hate To Go” was a song on that album that was so popular, the very next year, it was released under the title “Leaving On A Jet Plane” by three different artists.  The version by Peter, Paul & Mary became not only the most successful version of the song, but the band’s biggest hit, holding the #1 spot in 1969.

Denver finally found mainstream success in 1971 with the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, and continued to write hits from then on.  Life after his music career spanned from political activism and humanitarian work to flying planes and working with NASA.

The chord progression starts by switching back and forth 3 times between G major and C major add 9. The strum pattern is the same as “Paradise city”, it’s just played slower. Keeping your 3rd finger on the third fret, use the bracketed up strokes to change chords.

*Review the lesson on “Sweet Child O’ Mine” to review the big secret for switching from a D major to a Cadd9 or G Major. You’ll need to get your pinky finger down for that bracketed upstroke!

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