Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd Preview Guitar Lesson

Lesson Overview

Sweet Home Alabama is one of the most famous guitar songs of all time, released on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s second album “Second Helping” in 1974. This song stands out because it has a really unique style of country playing where you typically separate the bass notes from the rest of the chords. This song plays the root note on the downbeat, and then follows up with an arpeggio instead of a single chord, giving it a more driving and unique rhythm. In order to play this song effectively, you really have to be able to break the chords down and play just two or three notes within the chord changes, which is a common technique for southern rock guitar. This song has a lot of iconic licks that are pretty simple to play but will take a bit of practice and attention to the shifting of positions, which you’ll need to do seamlessly in order to play this song right.


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