Getting started with Ann Arbor
This write-up gets into John Fahey's song, Ann Arbor. For a sampling of what it sounds like, here's Fahey's own performance of Ann Arbor, live in Hamburg.
Transcription of what Fahey plays
This is a transcription of the notes Fahey uses on the recording.
The tuning of the song is EADGBE, standard tuning; the key is C.
Next, it's onto the notes!
The I chord
The song begins with the root C-chord; the I-chord.
Instead of being the usual C-chord, the 3rd fret of the 6th string is played in the bass; that G-note makes it a C 'over' G chord, C/G
Adding the E7
Next, Fahey moves onto the E7/III7 chord. It's the common I-III7 chord progression.
The I-III7 chord progression usually leads into the IVmaj, which it does here.
Moving to the IV chord
The Cmaj-E7 / I-III7 chord progression then leads into this Fmaj/IV chord. So the full progression so far is I-III7-IVmaj.
Note: the opening & closing of the 2nd string (B to C to B) makes this a Fmaj#11 / IVmaj#11 chord
the Turnaround I chord
To put the turnaround of the song together, Fahey plays a I-V7-I / Cmaj-G7-Cmaj ending. There's the 'G7' chord acting as a 'secondary dominant' that leads back into the Cmaj.
This is the Cmaj portion; he moves onto the G7/V7 chord next.
the Turnaround: V chord
Finally, to lead back into the root/C-chord, Fahey uses the V7/G7 chord.
And that's the it as far as new parts to play!