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You are watching: Tom petty runnin down a dream chords


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In this lesson, i’ll teach you how to pat an acoustic variation of “Runnin’ down a Dream” by Tom Petty. Fantastic song, an excellent riff, only a grasp of chords. I’ll display it all: the riff w/ a tab because that reference, the strumming, the chords, etc.

Video timestamps:

0:00 Playthrough 1:13 Lesson overview 2:03 PDF w/ chords 2:23 Intro riff, basics 5:33 Intro riff, progressed 6:54 how to pat the verse 8:01 just how to pat the chorus 9:38 just how to beat the refrain 10:07 Farewell

Chords needed


E ––––0––––2––––3––––0––––0––––B ––––0––––3––––0––––2––––1––––G ––––1––––2––––0––––2––––0––––D ––––2––––0––––0––––2––––2––––A ––––2–––––––––2––––0––––3––––E ––––0–––––––––3–––––––––––––– E D G A C

Main riff

The main riff supplies the note below. I use my middle finger for the 7-6-5-3 fretted note on the low E string. The hard component will it is in transitioning right into the E-major chord while keeping your valuation in a strum… and similarly transitioning indigenous that exact same strummy E-major back into this riff.


E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0––––B –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0––––G –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––1––––D –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––– ...then, strum the EA –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2––––E –––0––7–––0––6–––0––5–––0––3–––0–––––0–––– E
A less complicated version, despite technically not what girlfriend hear on the album, is to play it favor this. This is much, much easier to play while staying with time with your strumming (leading into the E-major chord).


E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0––––B ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0––––G ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––1––––D ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––– ...then, strum the EA ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2––––E –––0––7–––0––6–––0––5–––0–––––0–––– E
INTRO E (with riff)VERSE E It was a beautiful day, the sunlight beat down D E I had actually the radio on... Ns was steering E tree flew by, me and Del were to sing D E A little Runaway... I was flyingCHORUS A G E E G A Yeah, running under a dream... That never would involved me D G E E G A functioning on a mystery......... Going wherever it leads A G E Running down a dream ns felt so an excellent like something was possible I fight cruise control and rubbed my eyes The last 3 days the rain was unstoppable the was always cold, no sunshine < chorus >REFRAIN C D E Woo-hooo.... Woo-hooo.... Woo-hooo.... C D E Woo-hooo.... Woo-hooo.... Woo-hooo.... I rolled on as the sky grew dark I put the pedal under to make part time There"s something an excellent waiting down this road I"m choose up whatever"s mine < chorus >

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