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How To Play Home By Phillip Phillips On Guitar • Chords, Strumming And Fingerpicking Patterns, Tab, Video Guitar Lesson

Updated on March 11, 2017

A great introduction into the World of Blues Guitar! Solos, Progressions, Chords, Tab, Videos!


Learning Blues Guitar

I have been teaching guitar professionally since 1992, when Don’t Fret Guitar Instruction was established. Over the years, I have taught countless students (beginners to advanced) how to play or improve their chops. Past students include four members of PROTEST THE HERO.

With this book, my goal is to relate the scales with chords and rhythms as opposed to just learning solos or licks and having no idea how to apply them. Good rhythm playing and knowledge is crucial to good soloing and vice versa. This comes through understanding the relationship between chords and scales. This book provides that important foundation.

The book is unique in the fact that each chapter is based around a different key signature and an open (contains unfretted notes), pattern of the pentatonic scale. There are five chapters covering the key signatures of E, A, D, G and C, and the five open ‘box patterns’ (scale patterns) of the pentatonic scale. Eventually all the box patterns are covered, from the open strings to the fifteenth fret.

There is no endless scale practice or useless licks to learn. Instead, each chapter begins with a chord progression, moves into various rhythm patterns derived from the chord progression, and then culminates with solos based on the scale and key covered. These solos tie in with the chord progression and rhythm patterns to form a complete lesson for each chapter.

The book is progressive. Upon completion, the student will have a solid foundation in blues guitar, and will understand the rhythm, lead connection.

The book is best studied from beginning to end, without slighting any material. All theory is explained in the simplest terms. There are fretboard diagrams for the scales, chord grids, and photos of hand positions as well as videos posted on YouTube to aid in the learning process.

It is best, but not necessary, to have a knowledge of barre and open chord shapes before beginning this course. All the chords have fretboard grids associated with them.

Good luck and have fun. Music is a celebration. Enjoy!

Lorne K. Hemmerling

Deluxe Edition includes BONUS TRACKS.

American Idol Season 11 Highlights
American Idol Season 11 Highlights

Volcano is hauntingly painful (in a good way) - Superstition is raw and wonderful - Home is growing on me and I'm not surprised they're using part of it as theme music for the gymnastics Olympic team coverage - five great songs, performed with Phillip Phillip's trademark abandon. He slides through words like his voice is a stellar instrument. Can't wait to hear what all he can do.



Phillip Phillips is an American singer-songwriter from Georgia. He won the eleventh season of American Idol. The song 'Home' has become the best selling digital single of all first offerings from Idol winners. Prior to his appearance on American Idol, he was a part of the second season of America's Got Talent, but did not make it to the finals. He had eight surgeries during his time on Idol, and considered quitting due to the pain he was in. A classic case of never say die, Phillips went on to beat out the competition and take top prize. Well deserved!

The Chart

I have arranged an easier picking pattern, so that the song can be played with a pick. If you are already into fingerpicking, you might want to try these variations on the pattern:

Variation 1

Variation 2

Cut Time Symbol

Song Structure

The song is in two two time. It is simple duple time, (common time is simple quadruple time). This means there are two beats to a measure and the half note gets one beat. The symbol, C with a slash through it is used in modern notation. Many musicians refer to this as 'cut time', or 'cut common time', because it is two beats to a measure as opposed to the normal four in 'common time' (four four time). In essence, cut time is doubling the speed of common time. Many country songs, marches, and fast orchestral pieces are played in cut time.

The Csus4 (sus means suspend), has the same sound, in this case, as an Fsus2. A true suspend chord has the suspended interval (in these cases, the interval is a fourth and a second), replacing the third of the chord. For example:

Chord spelling for C Major is C (root) E (third) G (fifth)

Chord spelling for Csus4 is C (root), F (fourth) G (fifth)

Chord spelling for F Major is F (root) A (third) C (fifth)

Chord spelling for Fsus2 is F (root) G (second) C (fifth)

Look at the structure of Csus4 and Fsus2, they are the same, just inverted.

The Csus4 adds a droning sound to the verses, because the C is repeated in the bass of both chords. The C bass note can loosely be described as a 'pedal point', a musical term used to describe a note the remains static while the chords change.

Very funny movie, some great music!

Pitch Perfect [Blu Ray + DVD+ Digital Copy+Ultraviolet] [Blu-ray]
Pitch Perfect [Blu Ray + DVD+ Digital Copy+Ultraviolet] [Blu-ray]

Arriving at her new college, Beca (Anna Kendrick) finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together. When Beca leads this a cappella singing group out of their traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of college music competitions.


Fingerstyle Chart

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Strumming Chart

The tempo in two two time is somewhere around ninety to ninety five beats per minute (bpm). Strumming and fingerpicking this song with the recording, is difficult. It will feel like one hundred and eighty to one hundred and ninety bpm.

The pattern I have notated has a very popular country sound. Accent the second quarter note heavily, while hitting just a few of the bass strings on the first quarter note. The result is a strum, STRUM or chick, BOOM sound. This may prove to be difficult in the beginning, but gets much easier with practice and is essential to the proper rhythm sound. You can also try playing the root note of the chord on the first quarter note, then strumming the entire chord on the second. This will result in a more precise sound, but is much harder to execute.

Strumming Chart Page 1

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Home with vocalist Elizabeth Storms

This is the version that fits with the backing track below. There is no count in, the transcription starts with the recording.

A play along backing track for the song.


Home. I have left out the repeats for the interlude

Official Music Video

© 2013 Lorne Hemmerling


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    • Lorne Hemmerling profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorne Hemmerling 

      7 years ago from Oshawa

      @ lindalou Too funny! It is great to hear a song with honest playing and production in this digital world. Great tune!

    • lindalou1963 profile image


      7 years ago from Texas

      I can't play an instrument, but I love Phillip Phillips! When I was scrolling and saw his photo, out of habit I started looking for the like button!

    • Lorne Hemmerling profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorne Hemmerling 

      7 years ago from Oshawa

      Thanks so much, my friend!!

    • KyleShumway profile image


      7 years ago

      Very cool hub. Thank you for spelling this out for me. Preesh!


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