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Sweet Home Chicago Tab

As recorded by Robert Johnson
(From the 1990 Album ROBERT JOHNSON : THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS)

Words & Music by Robert Johnson

Gtr I (E A D G B E) – ‘Robert Johnson – steel string acoustic w/capo at 2nd fret’

Intro
Q=94(8=s8)
4/4
Gtr I
|-3–|
H E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E +E E Q E
|——–12-12-12-|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-10-|-10-0——————||
|—————–|————————-|———————–||
|—————–|————————-|–9—–2-(2)-2-2——||
|—————–|-11———-10—-10–9-|–9-0-1——-1——–||
|—————–|————————-|——2——-2——–||
|—————–|————————-|——2——-2—2—-||
H Q E E E E Q Q E E

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Verse 1
|3-|
E E E E E E E E H +Q. E E Q. +Q +E Q
|—————–|-0——-(0)——-|—0——(0)—(0)—–|
|—————–|——————-|————————|
|-0————-0-|—————–0-|-0——————0—|
|———0—0—|-2—4—-5—-4—|————————|
|-2—4—2-2-4—|-0-0-0-0–0–0-0—|-2—-4-x–2—–4—-4-|
|-0—0-0-0-0-0—|——————-|-0—-0—-0–0–0—-0-|
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

E Q. +Q E E E E E E E E E E E Q. +Q. E
|—0——(0)——-|—————–|—0——(0)——-|
|——————–|—————–|——————–|
|——————0-|—————–|——————0-|
|——————–|-2—4—2-2-4-5-|-2—-4—-5—-4-2-|
|-5—-4-4–2–2-4—|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0-0-|
|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0—|—————–|——————–|
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

|-3–|
E Q. +Q +E E E E Q. +Q Q Q E E +Q. E
|—0——(0)—(0)—–|—0——(0)——-|—————–|
|————————|——————–|——0-(0)——|
|-0——————0-0-|-0——————|—————0-|
|———–0————|——————–|-1–1—-1——-|
|-2—-4—-2—–4—-4-|-2—-4-4–2—-4—|-2–2—-2—2—|
|-0—-0-0–0–0–0—-0-|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0-2-|-2–2————|
E E E E E E Q E E E E E E E E E Q Q Q Q
|-3–|

E E E E E E E E
|-7—–7—–7—–7—–7———0-|
|-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-0-2—|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|

|-3-| |-3-|
+Q E E E E E E E E E E E E E Q E
|-(0)——0—0—–0-|——————-||
|——–3—2—1—–|—0-0—–0——-||
|——4—–3—2-0h1-|——-2-2—2—0-||
|———————-|-2———1—1—||
|———————-|-2—2—–2—2—||
|———————-|-0-2-2—–2—2—||
Q Q Q E a E E E Q Q E E

Verse 2
|-3-|
E E E E E E E E H +Q. E E Q. Q E E E
|—————–|-0——-(0)——-|-0-0—————-|
|—————–|——————-|————–0-0-0-|
|-0———–0-0-|—————–0-|——————–|
|—————–|-2—4—-5–5-4—|———-0———|
|-2—4—2-2-4-0-|-0-0-0-0–0–0-0-0-|-2—-4-4-2—4—4-|
|-0—0-0-0-0-0—|——————-|-0-0–0-0-0-0-0—0-|
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E Q E
|-3-|

E Q. +Q Q +H +Q. E E Q. +Q Q
|–0–0——(0)—0—|-(0)——-(0)——-|-0-0——(0)—0—|
|-(0)—————-0-|———————|——————–|
|———————-|——————-0-|——————0-|
|–0———-0——0-|–2—-4-4–5–5-4—|——————–|
|–2—–4-4–2—-4—|–0–0-0-0–0–0-0-0-|-2—-4-4–5–5-4-0-|
|–0–0–0-0–0–0-0—|———————|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0—|
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

|-3–|
E Q. +Q +E E E E Q. +Q. E +E E E E +Q Q
|—0——(0)—(0)—–|—0——(0)——-|——————–|
|-0——————0-0-|——————0-|-(0)-0-0-0-(0)——|
|————————|-0——————|——————–|
|———–0————|———–0——–|–1—-1—-1—1—|
|-2—-4—-2—–4—-4-|-2-2–4-4–2—-4—|–2—-2—-2—2—|
|-0—-0-0–0–0–0—-0-|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0—|–2—-2—-2—2—|
E E E E E E Q E E E E E E E E E Q Q Q E E
|-3–|

E E E E E E E E
|-7—–7—–7—–7—–7—–0—0-|
|-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5—2—|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|

|-3-| |-3-|
+Q E E E E E E E E E E E E E Q E
|-(0)——0—0—–0-|-(0)—————–||
|——–3—2—1—–|—–0-0—–0-0—–||
|——4—–3—2-0h1-|–1——2-2——-0-||
|———————-|——-1—–1——-||
|———————-|–2—-2—–2—2—||
|———————-|–0–2-2—–2—2—||
Q Q Q E a E E E Q Q E E

Verse 3
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E
|—————–|—————–|—————–|
|—————–|—————–|—————–|
|-0———–0-0-|-0————-0-|-0————-0-|
|———0——-|———0——-|———0——-|
|-2—4—2—4—|-2—4—2—4—|-2—4—2—4—|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0—0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|

E E E E E Q E E E E E E E E E H. Q
|—————–|—————–|-0—————-|
|—————–|—————–|——————|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0—0-|—————–|——————|
|—————–|-2—4—5-5-4-5-|-2—-4-4-5—4-2-|
|-2—4-2-2—4-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0–0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0—|—————–|——————|
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

|-3–|
E Q. +Q +E E E E Q. +H E E Q +E Q E
|—0——(0)—(0)—–|—0——(0)——-|——————|
|——————–0-0-|——————–|—–0–(0)-0—–|
|-0———————-|-0——————|—2————2-|
|————————|———–0——–|-1—1—1—-1—|
|-2—-4—-2—–4—-4-|-2—-4-4–2—-4—|-2—2—2—-2-0-|
|-0—-0-0–0–0–0—-0-|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0-0-|-2—2—2—-2-0-|
E E E E E E Q E E E E E E E E E Q Q Q E E
|-3–|

E E E E E E E E
|-7—–7—–7—–7—–7—–0—0-|
|-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5—2—|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|

|-3-| |-3-|
+Q E E E E E E E E E E E E E Q E
|-(0)——0—0-0—0-|-(0)—————–||
|——–3—2—1—0-|-(0)-0-0—0-0-0—–||
|——4—–3—2-0h1-|–1——2———0-||
|———————-|——-1———1—||
|———————-|–2—-2———2—||
|–0——————-|–0–2-2—2-2-2-2—||
Q Q Q E a E E E Q E E E E E
|-3-|

Verse 4
E E E E E E E E E Q. +Q. E E Q. +Q. E
|—————–|—0——(0)——-|—0——(0)——-|
|—————–|——————–|——————–|
|-0——-0—–0-|-0—————-0-|-0—————-0-|
|———0——-|———–0——–|———–0——–|
|-2—4—2-2-4—|-2—-4—-2—-4—|-2—-4—-2—-4—|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0—-0-0–0–0-0-0-|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0-0-|
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

E Q. +Q. E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E
|—0——(0)——-|—————–|—————–|
|——————–|—————–|—————–|
|-0—————-0-|—————–|—————0-|
|———–0——–|-2—4-4-5-5-4—|-2—4-4-5-5-4—|
|-2—-4—-2—-4-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0—|—————–|—————–|
E E E E E E E E

|-3-|
E Q. +Q E E E E Q. +H E Q. E Q E
|—0——(0)———|—0——(0)——-|——————|
|———————-|——————–|———-0-0—–|
|-0—————-0-0-|-0——————|—2————2-|
|———–0———-|-0——————|-1—-1—1—1—|
|-2—-4—-2—-4—4-|-2—-4-4–2–2-4—|-2—-2—2—2-0-|
|-0—-0-0–0–0-0—0-|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0-0-|-2—-2-2-2-2-2-0-|
E E E E E E Q E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E
|-3-|

E E E E E E E E
|-7—–7—–7—–7—–7—–0—0-|
|-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5—2—|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|

|-3-|
+Q E E E E E E E E E E E +E Q E
|-(0)——0—0-0—0-|-0——————||
|——–3—2—1—0-|—0-0-0-(0)——–||
|——4—–3—2-0h1-|-1———–2—0–||
|———————-|-2—1—-1—-1—-||
|———————-|—2-2-2–2—-2—-||
|–0——————-|-0——————||
Q Q Q E a E E E E E Q E E

Verse 5
E Q. +Q. E E Q. +Q. E E Q. +Q. E
|—0——(0)——-|—0——(0)——-|—0——(0)——-|
|——————–|——————–|——————–|
|-0—————-0-|-0—————-0-|-0—————-0-|
|———–0—-0—|———–0——–|——0—-0——–|
|-2—-4—-2—-4—|-2—-4—-2–2-4—|-2—-4—-2–2-4—|
|-0—-0-0–0–0-0-0-|-0—-0-0–0–0-0-0-|-0—-0-0–0–0-0-0-|
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

E E Q Q E E H H E Q. +Q. E
|—————–|—————–|—0——(0)—–0-|
|—————–|—————–|——————–|
|-0-0———–2-|-2—————|——————–|
|———0——-|-2—4—5-5-4-5-|-2—-4-4–5—-4-2-|
|-2—4-4-2-2-4-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0—|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0—|—————–|——————–|
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

|-3-|
E Q. +Q E E E E E H. E E E E E Q E
|—0——(0)———|—0————–|—————–|
|———————-|——————|—–0-0—0—–|
|-0—————-0-0-|-0—0————|—2—–2—–2-|
|———–0———-|———-0——-|-1—1—1—1—|
|-2—-4—-2—-4—4-|-2—4–4-2-2-4—|-2—2—2—2-0-|
|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0—0-|-0-0-0–0-0-0-0-2-|-2—2—2—2-0-|
E E E E E E Q E E E E E E E E E Q Q Q E E
|-3-|

E E E E E E E E
|-7—–7—–7—–7—–7—–0—0-|
|-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5—2—|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|
|————————————-|

|-3-| |-3-|
+Q E E E E E E E +E E E E E E Q.
|-(0)——0—0-0—0-|-(0)——————||
|——–3—2———|—–0-0—0-0-0——||
|——4—–3—2-0h1-|———2-2—2——||
|———————-|————-1——0-||
|———————-|——-2—–2—-2—||
|–0——————-|–0–2-2—–2—-2—||
Q Q Q E a E E E Q Q E E

Verse 6
E E E E E E E E E Q. +H E E E E E E E E
|—————–|—0——(0)——-|—————–|
|—————–|——————–|—————–|
|-0————-0-|-0——————|—0-0-0-0——-|
|———0—0—|——————–|-0——-0——-|
|-2—4—2-2-4—|-2—-4—-2–2-4-4-|-2-2-4—2—4-4-|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
E E E E E E E E

E E E E E E E E H Q E E H Q E E
|—————–|-0—————|-0—————|
|-0—————|—————–|—————–|
|-0-0———–0-|—————0-|—————0-|
|—————–|-2—4-4-5-5-4—|-2—4-4-5-5-4—|
|-2—4-4-2-2-4-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0—|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0—|—————–|—————0-|
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

|-3-|
E Q. +Q E E E E Q. +H
|—0——(0)———|—0——(0)——-|
|———————-|——————–|
|-0—————-0-0-|-0——————|
|-0———0———-|———–0——–|
|-2—-4—-2—-4—4-|-2—-4-4–2—-4-0-|
|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0—0-|-0—-0-0–0–0-0—|
E E E E E E Q E E E E E E E E E
|-3-|

2/4
E E E E E Q E E E E E E E E E Q E E
|—————–|-7—–7—–7—–7—–7—–0—0-|——12-|
|—–0—0-0—0-|-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5-8b8.5—2—|———|
|—2—2———|————————————-|—-9—-|
|-1—1—1-1-1—|————————————-|—-9—-|
|-2—2—2-2-2—|————————————-|———|
|-2—2—2-2-2—|————————————-|———|
Q Q E E E E

4/4
|–3—|
E E E E E E E E E Q E E H
|-12–12-12-12-(12)-12-12-12-12-|-12——10-10—-*|
|-12—–12———————|————-9—-*|
|—————-9————–|————-9—-*|
|-12——–11-(11)——-10-10-|–9—-9———-*|
|——————————-|—-10————*|
|——————————-|——————*|
Q. E +Q E E E E E E H

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Learn How To Play Robert Johnson Sweet Home Chicago Guitar Chords

robert johnson sweet home chicago guitar tabThe 1930s were an important time for the development of the blues, a uniquely American form of music that has since become renowned and in some places influential in even the most remote parts of the world. Pioneered by black American musicians and utilizing a a deep, soulful sound and rife with lyrics about the struggles, tragedies and small but hopeful triumphs of ordinary people, the blues spread across the United States within a few years of its inception and remain popular to this day, as much for its new innovations as its timeless classics. One particular musician of the 1930s blues scene was Robert Johnson, who wrote an iconic blues standard, titled ìSweet Home Chicagoî. The lyrics are somewhat ambiguous, referring to multiple locations across the United States phrased in such a way as to seem to be a tale of a man and a woman, though the original lyrics to the song are not terribly specific. None the less, the song has become an an anthem in the city of Chicago, Illinois and has been reinterpreted by many artists of varying styles and genres in the decades since its release.

The ìSweet Home Chicagoî melody was some of a template song, taking elements from the melodies of ìHoney Dripper Bluesî, ìRed Cross Bluesî and ìKokomo Bluesî. The A chords follow a DGB pattern, a smooth motion up the guitar. The Am chords are a bit trickier, calling for a BDG motion. The E7 chords are a noticeably less complicated motion, being a simple GA movement. The song gets very dicey around the B7 chords, which are a complex DAGe motion that requires some practice. The E5 chords are more like a single chord, simple plucking the A chord. The next set of chords, the A5 chords, are another simple motion, the D chord. Finally, the A7 chord is a DB motion. The arrangement of these chords, in its standard form and many other arrangements, can be found for free all over the internet, though the opening sequence consists of a A, Am, E7 followed by B7. All told, the song lasts three minutes but like all songs, even a short number like ìSweet Home Chicagoî takes a good bit of practice to get down right.

More than a few of the chords inside ìSweet Home Chicagoî are adapted from piano accompaniments and are based in a driving guitar rhythm. Since 1937, the song has since become a blues standard, being among the best known and most easily recognized songs in the genre, which have over the years not only become hits, but have become influential with musicians, being remade and reinterpreted, sometimes with different lyrics and sometimes inside different genres of music. While the lyrics have always been open to interpretation, many residents of Chicago have since grown fond of the song. When playing in Chicago, a skilled blues musician can safely rely on a well practiced version of ìSweet Home Chicagoî to please the crowds, whether they’re busking in the streets or playing on a stage.