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How to play Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

When the radio plays the song Sweet Home Alabama by Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd and those infamous first words are uttered “Turn it up” you can’t help but comply.

The song was a response to Neil Young’s Southern Man. In the song the band’s producer can actually be heard lightly singing Southern Man in the song’s left channel. The song is a crowd favorite and the second hit for the band. The song helped gain the band worldwide exposure.

The ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ full video lesson will show you how to play the song in easy to learn parts.

Lesson Quick Facts

Song Title: Sweet Home Alabama
Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Recorded: Jun 1973
Tutor: Dan Orr
Rating: Medium
Duration: 48 mins(approx.)

Sweet Home Alabama video lesson
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Contents:

Learn the Chords to Sweet Home Alabama

Why we think Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd is a great song

Why we think Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd is a great song to learn

Why we classed Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd as ‘Medium’ on Guitar

Visit the Sweet Home Alabama Video Lesson

Learn about Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sweet Home Alabama

Some history about Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

What Album Sweet Home Alabama came from

YouTube User plays Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Can you Play Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd?

Learn the Chords to Sweet Home Alabama

Here are main chords that are used in the song:

Chords:

  • c_open
  • c_r5pc
  • d_open
  • d_r5pc
  • f_r6
  • g_open
  • g_r6pc

These chords can also be found in the chord viewer on the ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ video lesson page.

In this lesson you learn how to play Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd on the Guitar in step-by-step chunks.

Why we think Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd is a great song

  1. The song has an instantly recognizable riff
  2. It features some great guitar solos
  3. It’s a fun song for a wide variety of audiences

Why we think Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd is a great song to learn

Sweet Home Alabama is a great song to learn marked by smooth chord progressions and awesome guitar solos. It’s also a good song to have in a repertoire because it’s a crowd favorite.

Why we classed Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd as ‘Medium’ on Guitar

SongPond tutor, Dan Orr delivers a cut down version of the full song, which makes learning the song as a whole a lot easier.

The main sections are broken down and prepare you for playing the song as a whole. Each video section is about 8-10 minutes long. We recommend you listen to the original piece and really get a feel for the song.

Check out the preview and introduction on the Sweet Home Alabama lesson page.

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Learn about Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sweet Home Alabama

Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American Southern Rock band formed in 1964. Though the band was formed in Jacksonville, Florida one of its biggest hits was Sweet Home Alabama. The band became popular in the Southern part of the United States, but then rose to worldwide recognition.

The band lost three of its members and one road crew member in an airplane crash in 1977. The band re-formed in 1987 for a reunion tour with lead singer Ronnie Van Zant’s younger brother Johnny as the frontman. Gary Rossington is the only original member left in the band. The band continues to tour and record. Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006.

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Some history about Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sweet Home Alabama is a song by American Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was the band’s second hit single. The song, the chords and two main guitar solos, came to guitarist Ed King in a dream note for note. The next day King presented the song to the rest of the band.

The famous line by Ronnie Van Zant that goes “Turn it up” was not intended to be included in the song, it was simply Van Zant asking the producer and engineer to turn up the volume in his headphones. That wasn’t the only line included that wasn’t intended. When the line “Well I heard Mr. Young sing about her” is sung, in the left channel you can hear the line “Southern Man” sung lightly by producer Al Kooper doing a Neil Young impression.

Sweet Home Alabama hit #8 on the U.S. charts in 1974. The interesting thing about the song is none of the original three members of the band were from Alabama.

What Album Sweet Home Alabama came from

The song Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd is off the band’s second album Second Helping released in 1974. The album reached #12 on the Billboard album charts. It featured the hit song Sweet Home Alabama, a song in response to Neil Young’s songs Alabama and Southern Man. The album eventually reached multi-platinum status.

Second Helping

YouTube user plays Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

This is a great cover of Sweet Home Alabama by Youtube user pasterofmupets. It does not have any vocals but still is a great performance. Check it out.


Can you Play Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd?

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