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Guitar-Tricks-reviewOn this post we will learn how to play the guitar riff or the melody part of “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen.

This is the title track of the album with the same name. It was released in 1975 and charted number 23 in the US charts and 16 in the UK.

This riff is the melody that opens the Bruce Springsteen song ‘Born to Run’. And in this post, we will try to illustrate how to play that melody line note for note.

I suggest of course that you watch the video so you can see what being describe here.

How to play “Born To Run”

It sounds the way it does on the recording because it’s played on the guitar in unison with a saxophone.

And a little trivia for you. In case you didn’t know, Springsteen’s guitarist Steve Van Zandt later became one of the main actor ’ s on the tv series ‘The Sopranos’.

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More Facts about the song:

  • Springsteen wrote the lyrics in his Long Branch, New Jersey, home in early 1974.
  • Springsteen played this for the first time on May 9, 1974
  • This was a last minute addition to his 2001 Live In New York City album
  • This is the only Springsteen track that drummer Ernest “Boom” Carter played on.
  • The opening riff of this song came from Norwegian wood from the Beatles. (needs more proof).

How to Play Born To Run

Here’s how you play Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.

The song is in the key of E so it starts with an E major chord. If you look at the tab, you’ll notice that the first note is the 2nd fret of the 5th string. That’s the B note.

The second note to play is the 2nd fret of the 4th string. That my friend, is the E note (octave higher of the open 6th string).

You then go back one fret to get the 3rd note. It’s a G# note.

C# is the next note. That is played on the 4th fret of the 5the string.

Followed by E note and F# note from the 4th string. That’s the 2nd and 4th string.


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