Hello welcome back, my name is still Joe Wiles and I’m still with the Rock ‘N Roll Conservatory and we’re still going to learn Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s Free Bird.
This song contains one of the longest rock guitar solos in a radio released single and unfortunately we’re not going to learn that solo today we just don’t have time.
There’s too many notes, too much to teach but what we are going to learn are the chords that go over the verse and the chords that go over the chorus. All the simple stuff so sit back and let’s get started.
Now the acoustic guitar part that starts off “Free Bird” is about five chords. It starts with a G major. That’s your middle finger on the 3rd fret of the low E here. Your index finger on the 2nd fret of the A, and your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the high E here.
There’s only one transition though between this and the next chord. All it is, is you take your middle finger off and pad the 2nd fret of the low E, along with the second fret of the A.
And then we’re going to play an E minor chord. It’s an open E string, 2nd fret A, 2nd fret D, and all the high three strings are wide open. Should sound like this.
The next one is an F major chord. It’s basically like an E major chord, except we’re going to move it up a fret. So we’re going to bar the entire 1st fret with our index finger.
We’re going to put our ring finger on the 3rd fret of the A, our pinky on the 3rd fret of the D, and our middle finger on the 2nd fret of the G, and we’re going to strum all the strings. It should sound like this.
Then we’re going to play a C major chord. Our ring finger should be on the 3rd fret of the A, our middle finger should be on the 2nd fret of the D. The G will be wide open. No frets there. And then the B string will have the 1st fret on it. And then wide open on the high E. We’re going to strum from the A string down. Sounds like this.
And then we’re going to transition from a D suspended 4th to a D major to a D suspended 2nd, back to the D major. Let’s just start with the D major. It’ll be easier. It’s an open D string, 2nd fret G, 2nd fret high E, and 3rd fret of the B here. It sounds like this.
But if you remember, I said we’re going to start with the D suspended 4th. All the D suspended 4th is is putting your pinky on the 3rd fret of the high E.
Then we’re going to go to the D major. Then we’re going to go to the D suspended 2nd, which is only lifting off your middle finger, so our high E string is open.
Then we’re going to go back to the D major. All right. Those are the chords and all their variations. And this what it sounds like slowly when you play it. To an F. To a C, and then the D suspended 4th to the D major, D suspended 2nd, back to the D major. Again G, flat the root, E minor.
Next one is an F to a C major to the D suspended 4th, D major, D suspended 2nd, D major. That’s the sequence of chords.
All right, let’s try it to speed. It’s not much faster than when I just played it, but this is what it sounds like to temp. One, two, three, four.
The chorus is supper simple, it’s only three of the chords we just played in the intro verse.
It’s an F chord, a C chord, and a D chord, in that order and it sounds like this… and then you’d go back in… and so on.
Let’s try that chorus to speed and we’ll close it out with the verse, one, two, three, four… and lets go to the verse. That’s it.
Thanks for watching I hope it helped. Make sure to send us requests on any song you want to learn. I’ll see you next time.