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Ghost Riders in the Sky

	First off, if you want just a simple version, ignore all the chords
in parentheses, and simply play the Em, G and C where indicated.  Strum in
a rythm that sounds like a galloping horse; you know, like the first few
opening bars to the theme from Bonanza (tum tada dum tada dum tada dum).

	On the other hand, you can make this simple song more interesting
with a few easy tricks.  The first is to play the bass line along with the
Em chord.  The bass line is easy, and goes...

...where the open sixth string (E) is a quarter note, the two notes on the fifth string (Bb abd B, repectively) are eighth notes. If you play the Em chord as... EADGBe ||1||| |23||| |||||| ...(Yes, that's right; two fingers on the fifth string), you can play the bass line while you strum the Em chord just by picking up and putting down your 3rd finger. The changes to (C/E) and (A/E) are attempts to cover the sound originally filled in by a couple of background singers singing "ah" on the notes B, C, C#, C. This works on acoustic guitar if you continue to strum the low E (open sixth string) rather prominantly while playing the following positions. C/E (regular old C position, A/E or A7/E EADGBe but with the low E played EADGBe EADGBe (i.e., use your third ||||1| with a vengeance!) |||||| |||||| finger to mute the ||2||| ||111| ||||1| 4th string. I prefer |3|||| |||||| |||||| this because the |3|||| |3x||| changes are smoother) Good luck. Send email or post if you have any questions. "Ghost Riders in the Sky" Em G An old cowpoke went riding out one dark and windy day Em Upon a ridge he rested as he went upon his way Em (C/E) (A/E) (C/E) When all at once a mighty herd of red-eyed cows he saw C (Am) Em Coming through the ragged sky, and up a cloudy draw Em G Their brands were still on fire and their hooves were made of steel Em Their horns were black and shiny and their hot breath he could feel Em (C/E) (A/E) (C/E) A bolt of fear went through him as they rumbled through the sky C (Am) Em Then he saw the riders coming hard, and he heard their mournful cry (Chorus) G Em (D) Yippe-ai-ay, yippee-ai-oh C (Am) Em Ghost riders in the sky Em G As the riders loped on by him, he heard one call his name Em If you want to save your soul from hell, a riding on this range Em (C/E) (A/E) (C/E) Then cowboy change your ways today or with us you will ride C (Am) Em Trying to catch the devil's herd, across these endless skies h. kelly shuldberg Albuquerque, NM
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