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Leaving, On a Jet Plane (John Denver) – Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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3rd fret

This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Leaving On a Jet Plane.

John Denver wrote this classic folk song in 1966 and released it in 1969. The song it went on to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

This arrangement is great fun to play and not too tricky. It’s been arranged with the intermediate fingerstyle player in mind but even if you’re still an accomplished beginner I’d recommend giving it a go.

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Leaving On a Jet Plane (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Leaving On a Jet Plane, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.

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Leaving On a Jet Plane Guitar Lesson Part One

The song begins with a lovely little intro based around D7 chord, it’s a little fiddly at times so watch out.

Leaving On a Jet Plane Guitar Lesson Part Two

Hopefully you were OK with the intro. In this lesson we learn how to play the verse, pre-chorus and chorus to Leaving On a Jet Plane.

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Leaving On a Jet Plane Guitar Lesson Part Three

There’s just one more verse to learn and a nuance that happens in the final chorus. It’s a small change in the melody that really adds a nice touch to the ending.

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