Where He Leads Me (guitar tabs and chords)

Last updated on June 13th, 2024


This guitar lesson covers how to play the beloved hymn Where He Leads Me, originally written by Earnest William Blandly and composed by John S. Norris. We’ll go over the guitar chords, melody and a finger-style arrangement including guitar tabs.

Grab your guitar and let’s get started!


How to read the guitar chord charts

To clarify how to read the chord charts in the next section, the top horizontal line represents the high E string and the bottom horizontal line represents the low E string. The vertical lines separate each fret. The numbers in the blue dots tell you which fingers to use on the fretting hand. 

For example, on the D Major chord, you use the:

  • 2nd finger on the 1st string, 2nd fret
  • 1st finger on the 3rd string, 2nd fret
  • 3rd finger on the 2nd string, 3rd fret
  • Circles represent open strings
  • X means to avoid the string

You can check this link for more on how to read guitar notation symbols.

Where He Leads Me guitar chords

The chords for this song are D Major, G/D, A Major, E minor 7, A 7, A minor 7, D 7, G Major, G minor 6, and D/A . You can click on the chords with links to learn different ways of playing that chord.

Try the following chords one at a time until you feel comfortable switching between them. These chords will be written above the melody in the next section.

Here are some resources on chords related to this song:

Where He Leads Me – melody and chords with guitar tabs

This section shows you the melody of the song with guitar tabs and the chords written above the staff. Keep in mind that the melody and chords are meant to be played as separate parts. We’ll look at how to connect these parts later in the arrangement section of this post.

The numbers next to some notes on the top staff indicate which fingers to use on the fretting hand.

You can refer to this simple guide to understanding music symbols if needed.

By the way, you can get all the PDFs of this post below.


Where He Leads Me melody and chords 1
Where He Leads Me melody and chords 2


You can learn a finger-style guitar arrangement of this song after the lyrics below.

Where He Leads Me lyrics

Verse 1:
I can hear my Savior calling,
I can hear my Savior calling,
I can hear my Savior calling,
“Take thy cross and follow, follow Me.”

Chorus:
Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way.

Verse 2:
I’ll go with Him through the garden,
I’ll go with Him through the garden,
I’ll go with Him through the garden,
I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way. [Refrain]

Verse 3:
I’ll go with Him through the judgment,
I’ll go with Him through the judgment,
I’ll go with Him through the judgment,
I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way. [Refrain]

Verse 4:
He will give me grace and glory,
He will give me grace and glory,
He will give me grace and glory,
And go with me, with me all the way. [Refrain]

Reference: Where He Leads Me. hymnary.org

Where He Leads Me guitar arrangement

In this section, we are essentially connecting the melody and chords together using a finger-style method of playing. If needed, check out this post to learn how to finger pick on guitar.


Where He Leads Me guitar arrangement page 1
Where He Leads Me guitar arrangement 2


If you like this style of playing, you can check out this post to learn how to connect a melody and chords on guitar.

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All the best,

JG Music Lessons

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