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In this article I'd like to explain how to play On Second Thought by the late Eddie Rabbit. You'll also find
some resources in the left and right menu's along with a free tab and a video demo in the center column.
Eddie Rabbit released this song in 1989 and it hit #1 in both the US and Canada. The song can be found on
the album "Jersey", which was released in 1990. You can view the music video for this song in the right column.
On Second Thought became Eddie Rabbit's last #1 hit song. He died of lung cancer in 1998 even though he was
On Second Thought Chords
I'm playing this song in the key of A, which is the original key, but I'm using a G chords structure with a
drop D tuning. This allows me to play the proper walking bass runs I ned for this song. The chords you'll need
are G, C, Am, D, D7 and a G7.
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On Second Thought Strumming Patterns
When playing this song, the drop D tuning changes the G chord structure so it's played with the top two strings
on the 5th and the bottom string on the 3rd fret. For each chord you'll play a different sequence. On the G chord
the notes are the top G note, the B note on the A string and the open D note.
Play that in reverse order and you have the sequence. The right hand is just playing a steady up and down motion.
On the C chord you're playing the C note, the E note on the D and the open G string.
In the verse you don't really
get the chance to play the pattern in reverse fully because it jumps to the Am, but in the chorus you do. And'
in the chorus I follow that with a C-B open A run to get back to the G.
When you hit Am chord, you have enough time to play the open A, then the C note, another Am and another C before
you more to the D chord.
And finally on the D chord you can start with the open D at the top, then the open D on the 4th, followed by the
open A string and a quick pull off of the A string on the 2nd fret. Then repeat that pattern until its time to change
to the G chord.
On Second Thought Picking Patterns
This song has two picking patterns. One for the intro, which is used after each chorus, and then a main picking
break that is improvised and not exactly what's being played on the original recording. These are fully covered in
the full instructional tutorial.
On Second Thought Lyrics
You'll find a free pdf tab for this song, which you can download above. The free download contains the lyrics
and chords so that you will know when to change them as you play through this tune. Just remember the walking
bass lines go betwwen each chord change. Or you can play this song without those walking bass lines if you'd
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