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How to Play Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter Chord on Guitar

Strawberry Wine is a country song by Deana Carter, released in 1996 as the first single from her debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This? The song was written by Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison, and tells the story of a young woman’s first love and loss of innocence. The song was a huge hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and earning Carter a Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance.

If you want to learn how to play this song on guitar, here are some tips and resources to help you.

Chords

The song is in the key of C# major, but you can use a capo on the first fret to play it with open chords in the key of C. The chords you will need are:

[Intro]
 
C  F
 
 
[Verse]
 
C                        F
 He was working through college
C                 G
 On my grandpa's farm
C                     F
 I was thirstin' for knowledge
C              G
 And he had a car
      C                                F
Yeah, I was caught somewhere between a woman and a child
C                            F
One restless summer we found love growing wild
       G                      F
On the banks of a river on a well beaten path
     G                              F
It's funny how those memories they last
 
 
[Chorus]
 
                 C
Like strawberry wine
     G
Seventeen
              Am
The hot July moon
          F
Saw everything
                   C       G
My first taste of love was bittersweet
                  Am
The green on the vine
F                 C    F
 Like strawberry wine
 
 
[Verse 2]
 
C           F
 I still remember
C                 G
 When thirty was old
C                       F
 My biggest fear was September
C                G
 When he had to go
  C                             F
A few cards and letters and one long distance call
   C                      F
We drifted away like the leaves in the fall
    G                      F
But year after year I come back to this place
G                     F
Just to remember the taste
 
 
[Chorus]
 
               C
Of strawberry wine
     G
Seventeen
              Am
The hot July moon
          F
Saw everything
                   C        G
My first taste of love was bittersweet
                  Am
The green on the vine
     F           C
Like strawberry wine
 
 
[Bridge]
 
    Dm
The fields have grown over now
Dm
Years since the've seen the plow
Dm
 There's nothing time hasn't touched
    Am                    C
Was it really him or the loss of my innocence
G/B                   G
 I've been missing so much
        C   G   Am   F
Yeaaaaaah
 
 
[Chorus]
 
            C
Strawberry wine
     G
Seventeen
              Am
The hot July moon
          F
Saw everything
                   C        G
My first taste of love was bittersweet
                  Am
And green on the vine
F                 C
 Like strawberry wine
     G
Seventeen
              Am
The hot July moon
          F
Saw everything
(fade out...)

Strumming

The song has a moderate tempo of 122 beats per minute, and you can use a simple strumming pattern of down-down-up-up-down-up for each chord. You can also add some accents and syncopation to make it more interesting. For example, you can emphasize the first and third beats of each measure, or skip the first downstroke of some chords.

Conclusion

Strawberry Wine is a classic country song that is easy to play on guitar. You just need to know a few basic chords, a simple strumming pattern, and the lyrics. You can also use a capo to make it easier to play in the original key. With some practice and passion, you can master this song and impress your friends and family. Happy playing!

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