Learned How To Play The Opening Riff Of Kansas's "Carry On My Wayward Son"

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“Carry on my wayward son
There'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more”
  --
Kansas, Carry On My Wayward Son

A few weeks ago, Jeremiah, Mat, Siyu and I were driving back from one of our lunch time workouts and this song started playing on the radio.  I decided then that I was going to learn how to play the opening riff.  It sounded like it would be fun to play.

There are really only two parts to the opening, but since I haven’t being playing much lately, it took me a little while to get used to the finger dexterity to pull it off.  If you read tablature, the first part is:

e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------5----------------------|x2
A|---------3--------5-/7---7p5-3--5---5---------|
E|---5-3-5----5-3-5-----------------3---2-------|

It’s totally fun to play.  Plus, it gets stuck in your head so easily.
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The second part of the riff is cool too.  Here it is in tablature form:

e|-----------------------------------------------------|
B|--------12-12--------------------14-12---------------|
G|--------12-12--------------------14-12---------------|
D|--------12-12--------5-----------14-12--------5------|x2
A|---2-2-------------5---5h7--2-2-------------5---5h7--|
E|---0-0---------5h7----------0-0---------5h7----------|

I actually learned this bit on a 3/4 acoustic which was a little uncomfortable when playing on the 14th fret.  On the Flying V, it was no problem.
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This was a fun one to do.  I feel like I haven’t really gotten to play my guitar too much lately, so it was great to get a little time to learn something new on it.  Enjoy the video!


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