Doobie Brothers Acoustic Guitar Covers

The Doobie Brothers Acoustic Guitar Covers

Welcome to my Doobie Brothers acoustic guitar covers page. You'll you'll find a collection of free demos, chords sheets, rhythm patterns, some song history and more.

Links to full lessons tutorials are below for a small fee if you need them.

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Black Water | China Grove
Jesus Is Just Alright
Listen To The Music | Long Train Running
Rockin Down The Highway
South City Midnight Lady

DoobIe Brothers Acoustic Guitar Covers
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1. Black Water

This song was a #1 hit song for the Doobies in mid March 1975 from the album "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits".

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes 
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = arpeggio with steady up and down along with a down down up down up chop strum
  • Picking =  Yes
  • Chords = Am7, D, G, A#, Em, A
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2. China Grove

The Doobie Brothers recorded this song for their album "The Captain And Me" back in 1973. It reached #15 on Billboard but was about a fictitious place according to Tom Johnson. But in reality, they had passed through China Grove on the was to a performance in San Antoine and the place name subconsciously stuck in his head.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = in order to get that effect found in this song I'm playing down strokes and then switching to up and down strokes ... the full lesson will show other rhythm sections needed in this song 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, C, B, G, Bm, A, G#, A#, Em, Esus E, Gb
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3. Jesus Is Just Alright

This song was written as a gospel song by The Art Reynolds Singers as was first released in 1966.  The Byrds also released a version in 1969. 

In 1972 The Doobie Brothers cracked the top 40 in 1972 with a bit of rock style added to the song.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = this one has a quick shuffle strum and some bass/lead in it
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = Am, E7, C, D7 ... (E7 can be played as B7 formation on 7th with b string on 8th) Slide means to slide everything up 1 fret except the b string – stay on 8 th)
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4. Listen To The Music

This song hails from the 1972 album Toulouse Street and was the bands first big hit reaching #11 in the US and #3 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes but optional
  • Capo = 3rd is original key
  • Rhythm = pretty much a steady shuffle ... a few stops and a few bass runs for effect
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = D, G, Bm, A, E, C
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5. Long Train Running

The Doobie Brothers released this song as a single back in 1973 from the album "The Captain And Me" and the song reached #8 on the US Rock Chart. The Doobies were playing this for years as a warm up jam song with no meaning until Tom Johnson was encouraged to write lyrics and build it into an actual song. Good advice taken Tom. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No - not in the original key
  • Rhythm = this one uses a quick shuffle and hammer on's as described in the video lesson
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = Am, Dm, F, Esus, E
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6. Rockin' Down The Highway

Rockin Down The Highway was a song written by Tom Johnson and recorded for the Toulouse Street 1972 album. Two singles were released from the album, but this song was not one of them but is a fan fav at concerts.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = this one is pretty much a stead up and down except for a few picking sequences
  • Picking = Yes a little 
  • Chords = A, G, D, F, E, Gbm, Dgm, Bm
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7. South City Midnight Lady

South City Midnight Lady is a track off of The Captain And Me album from 1973. This song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a steady down up down up will work for this one
  • Picking = No 
  • Chords = G, D, C, G6, A#, Am7, Eb, F
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Thank you for visiting my Doobie Brothers acoustic guitar covers page and with a demo video, free chord sheets and some tips on playing various songs by The Doobies. I hope this info was helpful. Next time you're at a party and someone yells to play Doobie Brothers songs, you'll be prepared. 

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