Somewhere Over The Rainbow Easy Guitar Chords Tabs & Notes

Somewhere over the rainbow - guitar sheet music with chords and tabs.

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“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is a ballad composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Yip Harburg, featured in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and sung by Judy Garland. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and became Garland’s signature song.

The beautiful song has since been covered by many artists in several languages; yet the 1993 version by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole created a milestone, a totally iconic performance that touched the hearts of millions of people around the world. With no more – and no less – than his ukulele to accompany him, he proved that authentic expression and personal truth, when shared, spread their vibrations all over space and time.

On this page you can find Guitar Chords and Tabs, followed by easy guitar sheet music with notes and tablature. First you’ll see Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s version and then the original version by Judy Garland. For each of those two you can download our Printable PDF file for free.

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Over the Rainbow Guitar Chords and Tabs

Easy Guitar Chords and Tabs (Israel Kamakawiwoʻole)

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole performed Somewhere over the Rainbow by simplifying the harmonic structure and adding more ornaments and rhythmic motives to the melody. The result is an easy 6-chord song in the key of C major: C, G, Am, F, Em and E7. All the chords are essential for beginners, yet you’ll need to know the full “barré” technique for the F Chord.

The melody range that results when singing in the key of C extends to a 12th from A4 to E5 (see on the Music Sheet following). This range is well suited to male voices, but the A below staff is too low for children’s voice pitch. Nevertheless, you could use a capo to transpose to C#, D, Eb, or E major by placing it respectively on fret I, II, III, or IV. 

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Israel IZ Kamakawiwoʻole Guitar Chords and Tabs.

Easy Guitar Chords and Tabs (Judy Garland) – Simple version

The original Somewhere Over the Rainbow song has a rich harmonic infrastructure; at the time of its creation, jazz music was dominant in the music and film industry. In order to make the beloved piece more accessible to guitar beginners, we have prepared a simple and easy version with 7 chords in the key of G major. To play the song in G one must be familiarized with the full “barré” technique for the Bm and F# Chords. The remaining chords G, Em, C, Am and D are essential for beginners.

The melody range that results when singing in the key of G extends to an 11th from E4 to A5 (see on the Music Sheet following). This range is well suited to most children’s voice pitch. If you’d like to play the song in the original Ab key you can use a capo on the first fret. Nevertheless, you can also transpose the piece to A, Bb, or B major by placing a capo respectively on fret II, III, or IV. 

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Judy Garland easy simple guitar chords and tabs for beginners in the key of G.

Guitar Chords and Tabs (Judy Garland) – Full version

As mentioned above, the beautiful song has a rather sophisticated harmony due to its jazz origin. We have prepared a second version in the key of G that, while remaining easy, is closer to the original. Hence you’ll be able to play the song in 13 chords – but all essential for beginners! You’ll need to know the full “barré” technique, for the Bm and F# chords.

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Judy Garland guitar chords and tabs in the key of G.

Over the Rainbow Guitar Sheet Music

Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Notes, Chords and Tablature (Israel Kamakawiwoʻole)

This is a simple transcription for guitar which is ideal piece for guitar beginners. You can practice the notes on the 1st position and up to the 3rd fret while using fingers 1, 2 and 3 of the left hand. The piece is also good for right hand mobility and control, as one can practice the apoyando technique with i-m.

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Easy Guitar Sheet Music with Notes, Chords and Tablature (Judy Garland)

Here you will find an easy sheet music for guitar that is perfect for beginners. Our arrangement consists of the melody and an accompanying bass. Regarding the left hand, all 4 fingers are used to play the notes on the 1st and 2nd position and up to the 5th fret, while two notes must be held together simultaneously in almost every bar.

This version is excellent for right hand mobility and control, as one can practice apoyando with i-m and a, while the thumb moves on all the bass strings. Apoyando is recommended for the melody so that it will stand out clearly.

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Somewhere over the Rainbow Judy Garland easy beginners fingerstyle guitar sheet music with notes and tablature in the key of G - page 1.
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Free Printable PDF with Over the Rainbow Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music (Israel Kamakawiwoʻole)

In order to download a printable PDF file with Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music for this song, click on the button above or on the following link.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwoʻole) – Guitar Chords, Tabs, Sheet Music PDF – Singing Bell

Free Printable PDF with Over the Rainbow Guitar Chords, Tabs and Sheet Music (Judy Garland)

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland) – Guitar Chords, Tabs, Sheet Music PDF – Singing Bell

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