How to Play Traveling Soldier Chords on Guitar
American songs about combat soldiers coming home, or not coming home, have existed since long before the music business as we know it (think “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” from the Civil War). These tunes are often big sellers because of their genuine emotion and sentiment.
Whether you are a veteran, or just have a strong military connection, it is important to learn how to play these songs on guitar. These songs will always have a place in your music library, and they are a great way to show your respect for those who serve our country.
Travelin’ Soldier is a song by Dixie Chicks that was first released on their 2002 album Home. It was a hit, and its lyrics are extremely poignant.
The story of a young girl waiting for her Army soldier to return is a classic tale of hope and loss, and it’s no surprise that the song caught on so quickly. It was also a timely song, since it was written while the U.S. was sending young people to fight in Afghanistan.
It was a huge hit when it was released, and it soared to number one on the charts. But it also became a lightning rod for controversy because of the way lead singer Natalie Maines reacted to then-President George W. Bush’s support for the war.
How To Play Travelin’ Soldier
If you want to start learning how to play this song on the guitar, it is a good idea to start with some easy power chords. You can use the bass riff in the chorus as your guide.
Once you have all the power chords, practice playing them in a repetitive pattern. This is a good technique for beginners, and will help you learn how to keep the same fingers together as you move from one chord to the next on your guitar’s neck.
Keeping the same finger shape is important when you play power chords, since they are all of the same shape. If you are having trouble, try using your pinky finger instead of your index finger for this step.
You can also make a power chord sound more interesting by adding an additional note, such as a B or an F. This will add more depth to the sound of the power chord and give it more presence in your solo.