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Shenandoah > Chords and Rhythm

Good Day My Fine Friends! Here we are with another sea shanty and, in my humble opinion, you really can’t have too many of these up your sleeve. Unlike Cape Cod Girls and Pay Me My Money Down, Shenandoah isn’t really a muscle song. To me it’s a different, more flowing kind of energy. In this lesson we’ll nail down the chord progression - it’s in the key of C and in addition to the 1, 4, and 5 chords (C, F, and G) we’ve got the Em and Am. You’ll see what I mean about flowing, this one just feels natural at every turn. We’ll also look at some super satisfying hammer-ons and talk about singing. If you’ve been with me for awhile here you’ve learned a wide range of songs in the social music bag.

Let me know what’s working for you and what’s not, I’m here to serve!

Dan Zanes




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Shenandoah

Loop 1:13 What You Will Learn Today

Loop 3:07 Breakdown of Chords and Rhythm

Loop 12:02 Singing, Playing With Two Guitars and Strumming

Loop 14:18 Closing Thoughts

Loop 15:36 Practice Loop of Whole Song


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Jay Aug 09, 2017

wow, Dan, that's a really nice solo in a really nice song.

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Aug 09, 2017

thank you for the good words jay!

this is one of my favorites and definitely an all-purpose social music song....

i hope you get a chance to dig into it!

yr pal,


Nader M
Nader M Aug 01, 2017

Great stuff, Dan. 

I love your take on this one.

Looking forward to learning it! 

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Aug 02, 2017

thank you nader!

i'm glad to know that you're connecting with some of this stuff...and that you're taking the time to reach out. that means a lot!

let me know if there's anything here that doesn't make sense....

yr pal,


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