How to Play Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” – Easy Beginner Guitar Songs Lesson

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Hello friends,
and welcome back to Swift Guitar Lessons for another by request song tutorial. In today’s session I’ll be breaking down how to play Tracy Chapman’s 1988 hit song “Fast Car.” This beginner friendly guitar song contains a variety of essential techniques including fingerstyle picking patterns, common open chord variations and strumming patterns. I’ll take you through the songs iconic intro, verse and chorus sections. Let’s get started!

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  1. Hello friends, thanks so much for checking out this video! If you would like to support this channel and receive awesome perks like tabs, audio samples, backing tracks and exclusive lessons, be sure to visit Thanks, and enjoy your progress! -Rob

  2. She is an amazing singer. Put her on the payroll!

  3. Maurizio Spinella

    Too fast

  4. 10 dislikes at the time I viewed this, I guarantee Tracy Chapman is not one of them. Swift lesson and Justin guitar are in my opinion the better guitar teachers on youtube

  5. Lovely Voice and accompaniment…. :O)

  6. Please do the river from bruce springsteen one of the best songs ever

  7. Great performance, both, lovely cover of a classic song. Thank you.

  8. quilter1958 Conte


  9. great lesson again !! hope one day u ll do a lesson of romeo and juliet by dire straits !!!

  10. Wow. Great job guys. Caroline, have you got your own channel? Link to some more of that amazing voice. If not why not. Love from New Zealand.

  11. great stuff Rob & Caroline! I really enjoyed this, even though I'm not a fan of Tracy Chapman.

  12. ,The performance alone was worth the view.

  13. Watching this late and high was a experience, great video.

  14. perfect!!!!

  15. Great job y’all!!

  16. Very nice! I always enjoy when you collaborate with other musicians. looking forward to the next one!

  17. Excellent lesson and excellent production! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

  18. Robin Bebbington

    Good to see the embellishments as the tab I have is a beginner level tab so misses out on the low g and a as well as the d and g changes. Its been added to my learning library so I can add the extra once I learn the basics.

  19. Christine Walsh

    thanks for lesson and that is a beautiful rendition of that song.

  20. Francisco Kraljevich

    Excelente ¡¡¡¡¡

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