Journey Songs On 
Acoustic Guitar

Learn Journey songs on acoustic guitar

Here on my Journey songs on acoustic guitar page you'll find a collection of demo covers and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free chord sheets in pdf. format. Help yourself to the free chord sheets where available. I hope you'll find learning Journey guitar songs is challenging and fun at the same time.

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Anyway You Want It
Don't Stop Believin'
Faithfully | I'll Be Alright Without You
Lights | Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'
Oh Sherri | Open Arms
Send Her My Love | Wheel In The Sky
Who's Crying Now

Journey Songs On Acoustic Guitar - Tutorials

1. Anyway You Want It

This song hails from the bands 1980 "Departure" album with the song co-written by Steve Perry and guitarist Neil Schon peaking at #23 on the Billboard chart. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = Im using a combo of downstrokes with an down up down up pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, D/Gb, Em, C
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2. Don't Stop Believin'

This was a huge song for Journey in 1981 reaching #9 on the charts. It was re-born of sorts in 2010 when the cast of Glee performed a cover of the song and it shot up to #6 in the UK.

The song can be found on the bands "Escape" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = you can play mainly downstrokes on this one 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, A, Bm, G, D, A, Gbm, G, C/G, Dmaj7, Dsus 
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3. Faithfully

In 1983 the album "Frontiers" was released and so was this single called Faithfully written by keyboardist Jonathan Cain.

It was written in about 30 minutes about the challenges of being married and being a touring rock musician. Ironically after the songs release, Jonathan and his wife divorced.  The song reached #12 on the Billboard chart.

If you need the full Journey Faithfully guitar lesson there is a link below for a small fee.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No - but I have a capo on 4th
  • Rhythm =  down down up down up down up will work as you blend in the riff  
  • Picking = Riff
  • Chords = G, Em, D, C, Bm, Am
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4. I'll Be Alright Without You

Three members of Journey composed this song and they was Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry and Neil Schon and hails from their 1986 album "Raised On Radio".

It reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down stroke for the most part
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D/Gb, G, Gbm, Bm, Em, A, D
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5. Lights

Steve Perry wrote this song about Los Angeles originally but never had it quite finished when he joined Journey. After moving to San Francisco where the band originated, he modified the lyrics and finished the song.  

Released as a single in 1977, the song was only a minor hit peaking at #68 on Billboard. But live, it's a concert favourite. The song can be found on the bands "Infinity" album.

If you need the full Journey Lights guitar lesson there is a link below for a small fee.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No 
  • Rhythm = if you playing just strums you could play down down down up down up and repeat as as you'll see here I'm using a bit or arpeggio mixed with rhythm
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Bm, C, G, A 
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6. Lovin Touchin Squeezin

The band finally broke into the top 40 in the US with this single release back in 1979 from their "Evolution" album reaching #16 on Billboard and in Canada #12 and #37 in New Zealand.

The group Dream Theatre covered this song in 1995.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm =  down down -  down down etc 
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = A, D, C, G, Gbm, E
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7. Oh Sherri

Steve Perry went solo from Journey but in 1984 he was still a member of the band while releasing his solo album "Street Talk".

He scored a #1 hit with the release of this song which was Perry's first single and his only #1 hit song.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 3rd
  • Rhythm = down down up down down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, C, Em, G, F, Bm, A, A6/B, Bm/A
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8. Open Arms

This song almost never saw the light of day. Keyboardist Jonathan Cain didn't quite have the song finished in a previous group he worked in and when Steve Perry came along, the two co-wrote and finished the song.

But other band members were not on board with doing rock ballads. Eventually they gave in and this song became Journey's biggest hit, reaching #2 in 1982.

Mariah Carey had a #4 hit in the UK with her cover of the song in 1996.

If you need the full Journey Open Arms guitar lesson there is a link below for a small fee.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down up - down down up down up and repeat will work for this one 
  • Picking = No - but built in riffs
  • Chords =  D, A/Db, Bm, A, G, G/Db, Em, C7 
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9. Send Her My Love

Although this song is considered a rock song from Journey's 1983 album "Frontiers", it actually charted on the Pop Charts in 1983 and peaked at #23.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a steady up and down with some riffs from the keyboard blended in or you can switch to a down down up down up down up in the chorus
  • Picking = riff
  • Chords = C, Em, Bm, Em, D/Gb, Am

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10. Wheel In The Sky

This song hails from Journey's 4th album which was recorded in 1977 called "Infinity". This song kinda open the door for the band becoming their first top 100 songs peaking at #57.

The bass player Ross Valory's wife (Diane) actually wrote the song which was originally called Wheels In My Mind.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a little arpeggio in the beginning then a down down up down down up and repeat - almost like a gallop rhythm with a few hammer-on's blended in.
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  D, F, C, A#, Dm, G, G6, 

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11. Who's Crying Now

Who's Crying Now hails from the bands 1981"Escape" album and peaked at #4 in the US and #1 in Canada.

The song was co-written by Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No 
  • Rhythm = down up down up will work ... playing the riff may require a few quick down strokes in places
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  Am, Fmaj7, Dm, Em, C, G, A+
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