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On The Acoustic

Welcome to The Who songs section where you'll find songs from The Who and Roger Daltrey you can learn on the acoustic guitar.

You'll find free demos, sample videos, chord sheets, rhythm tips and more. If you require a full instructional video tutorial you can get one for a small fee. See prices on the homepage.

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The Who Songs
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1. Bargain

bargain guitar lesson

Bargain is a track from the 1971 album, "Who's Next".

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning:  No
  • Capo: 3rd fret = original key
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat with some riffs
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Gsus, G, F, C, D#, G6, A#, D
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2. Behind Blue Eyes

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Behind Blue Eyes was released as a single from the "Who's Next" album in 1971.

The single release did peak at at #24 on the US Cash Box chart and #34 on Billboard.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use arpeggio to get started and then combine it with some dow up down up strumming
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Em, G, D, C, A, Bm, E, B

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3. Don't Let Go The Coat

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Don't Let Go The Coat was the 2nd single from the 1981 album "Face Dances" and barley made the top 50 in the UK, reaching #47 on the charts.

The song managed a #77 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning:  No
  • Capo: 3rd fret = original key
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes in the rhythm
  • Chords: G, Gmaj7, C, D/Gb, D, Em, Bm
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4. Goin Mobile

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Goin Mobile hails from the 1971 album "Who's Next". Roger Daltrey did not participate in this song in any way, leaving the other three members of The Who to record the track.

The Who have never performed this song live in concert. ad it was never released as a single. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use some downstrokes and them some down up down up with a few quick shuffles in places
  • Picking: No just a few riffs
  • Chords: E, Gbm, D, G, D/Gb, C, Cmaj7, Dsus, Gb, B
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5. It's Hard

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It's Hard was one of three singles released from the 1982 album of the same name.

This track only charted in the US at #39.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Dm, C, A#, G, D, C, Cm, Dsus, A
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6. Love Ain't For The Keeping

loveaintforthekeeping

Love Ain't For The Keeping is a track off the the album "Who's next" from 1971.

This track was never a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down down down up down and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, A, D, C
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7. Pinball Wizard

pinball wizard guitar lesson

Pinball Wizard was released in 1969 from their rock opera album "Tommy". As a single, the song reached #4 in the UK and #19 in the US. The single was sped up slightly from the album version. Pete Townsend said this song was one of his most clumsy pieces he's ever written.  

Years later in 1976, Elton John covered the song and had a #7 hit in the UK and a #9 hit in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: some arpeggio and quick shuffle strumming and then downstrokes
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Am, Asus, A, Gsus, G, Fsus, F, Esus, E, C, D, A+, F, A+sus, C, Csus, A+, G+sus, G+, Ab, Absus
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8. So Sad About Us

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So Sad About Us was intended for the group The Merseys back in 1966, The Who ended up recording this song for their album "A Quick One". In the US the album was called "Happy Jack". 

The song has been covered by many groups over the years in spite of the fact it was never a single release.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use a steady up and down and or downstrokes
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, Em, C, D, Am, Cmaj7, Dsus, A, Gbm, Bm, Esus
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9. Squeeze Box

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Squeeze Box hails from the 1975 album "The Who By Numbers". The song has a  bit of a country feel to it and became the groups only International hit, reaching #1 in Canada and peaking at #10 in the UK and #16 in the US.

Pete Townsend purchased and accordion and learned to play it a bit in an afternoon, from which spawned this pretty simple song. Townsend was surprised the song even got recorded and more surprised when the song charted and became a hit.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up and repeat or you could play all downstrokes
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, D, C
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10. Waiting For A Friend (Daltrey 1980)

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Waiting For A Friend is from the album "McVicar" from 1980 and is listed as a promo single.

The song only made it to #104 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No 
  • Capo: 3rd fret: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Bm, A, G, D, E, A, Gb, B
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11. Without Your Love (Daltrey 1980)

withoutyourlove

Without Your Love was a single from Roger Daltrey's 1980 album entitled "McVicar".

The song peaked at #20 in the US and #55 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: 1-2-3 up down up down up where 1-2-3 are arpeggio note in the chords
  • Picking: a little in the chords
  • Chords: C, Fmaj7, G6, A#, F, F/A, F/G, E7, Am, Am/G, G
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12. You Better You Bet

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You Better You Bet was a single from the bands "Face Dances" album from 1981.

Then single reached #9 in the UK, #4 in Canada and #1 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down up stop and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs in the chords
  • Chords: C, F, G, Am, Gm, A#, Ab, Gsus, Am, Dm, Eb, Bm, A, D
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