Sweet Home Alabama Beginner Lesson

Today we are learning to play a simplified version of the classic song “Sweet home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, using the chords D, C, and G.  I have gone to great lengths to find songs like this that can be simplified because it allows the beginner student to participate in playing a famous song that they know and love.  In this beginner lesson we are focused strumming the chords along with the song.





1)First practice switching between D, C and G over and over until you are comfortable moving quickly between the 3 chords.

2)After you’re comfortable switching, start implementing this rhythm: strum D two times, strum C two times and strum G four times.

3)After you get your strumming consistent, start playing to the 70 BPM drum machine in this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3M4Og6QPQA

You can hear me playing in the video to a beat at 70 BPM’s but the actual song is 100 BPM’s.

4)When you are comfortable at a slower speed then try to play along with the song or with a faster beat.  You can either find a faster beat on youtube or simply play by your self at a faster pace.

5)Eventually try to play along with “Sweet Home Alabama” as I do in the video toward the end.

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At the end of the video you can see me get a little more creative with the strumming.  Hopefully this will inspire you to continue to learn and also give you a sneak peak at what techniques are right around the corner for you.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson and see you at the next one.