Monday, May 27, 2013

Guitar chords for "People Are Strange" and "Riders on The Storm" by The Doors

I was saddened to hear this week of the passing of Ray Manzarek, keyboard player with legendary 1960s/1970s band The Doors.

I hope that, as well as radio stations playing their great songs, that amateur guitar players will learn them, and include them in their sets for open-mic nights, sessions with friends etc., to ensure that these songs endure and be enjoyed by future generations.

I have transcribed two of my favourites for easy guitar playing, "People Are Strange" and "Riders On The Storm", you can check them out at the links below.

I've also embedded the video links for the songs, so you can play along with the original and get a good feel for how the song should sound, guitar strumming patterns etc.

My transcriptions won't make you sound like the great Doors themselves, but even if you are a learning guitar player, you should be able to carry off your own version of at least one of these songs.

"People Are Strange" can be played with just Em, Am and B chords.

"Riders On The Storm" can be played with just Em, Am, D and C chords, although you can experiment with playing a 'Am-Bm-C-Bm' riff for the Am part, to try to capture the sound originally created by the late Ray Manzarek on keyboards.

I've added these transcription to the other Doors songs on the page, you can find them all at the link below:

Guitar chords and lyrics to songs by The Doors

Video - The Doors "People Are Strange"

Video - The Doors "Riders On The Storm"
Play along with the videos above to help you learn the tempo, strumming etc.

Go to CDUniverse to browse The Doors albums and other works: The Doors music at CD Universe

If you're looking to improve your guitar playing, check out my friend Dan Denley's great Acoustic Guitar Lessons site.

Enjoy your music!

P.J. Murphy
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