Long Train Running – The Doobie Brothers

Always a crowd pleaser when you’re in a covers band that will get them up and dancing, Long Train Running is a good tune for honing your strumming skills.

There’s a nice two finger hammer on and pull off and lots of playing chucks (deadened strings).

This live version on the right does allow to see how the guitar is being played (too low!).

It was first released in 1973 but had its highest position in the charts when it had a horrible EDM remix in the 1990’s.  A well, no accounting for taste.  And don’t even get me started on this!!


There’s very little to this song chords wise, and if you’re able to play this guitar riff then you are no longer at the level where you need us to show you every beat and syllable.  So here are the chord shapes and the strum pattern and you can take it from there.

Strum Pattern

There are 4 beats to the bar and the groove is in semi quavers.

We’ll upload a video of how to do the strum pattern soon, promise!

Hammers and Pulls

The main activity in this song is around the movement between the G7/11 and Gm7 chords.

On beat 1 you strike the G7/11 chord and then hammer on your 2nd and 3rd fingers on the ‘e’ after 1.

On beat 4 you strike the Gm7 and then pull off to the G7/11 on the ‘e’ after 4.

The rest you should now be able to follow by ear.

This strum pattern is in semiquavers and starts on beat 1.