In class over the next few days, to build on our initial knowledge of D major and E minor, we’ll be playing Josh Ritter‘s song “Wolves,” from his stellar fourth album, Animal Years.

In what could be called an AAA song structure, Ritter uses the repeating patter of D / D / Em / G (although he seems to play live with a capo on the second fret) to build a galloping country anthem along the riff:


The above riff, and this complete tab are courtesy of & the work of Matt Rowly.

As we go about learning the song, and potentially adding other instruments in class or asynchronously to the mix, we’ll be sharing recordings so that our open online participants can get to know the song, and benefit from our shared rhythm and momentum remotely.

Chords & Lyrics for Josh Ritter’s “Wolves”