Country Songs Lessons

Buy Me a Boat by Chris Jansen

Buy Me a Boat by Chris Jansen

In this lesson we will be studying the song Buy Me a Boat.  The song uses just 3 chords, but does have some cool country style licks.  The guitar is tuned to drop D tuning in the original recording. We will cover all the licks in drop D, but for beginners you could easily strum along using just D, G, and A in standard tuning.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Always On My Mind chords by Willie Nelson

Always On My Mind chords by Willie Nelson

In this lesson we will be studying Always On My Mind by Willie Nelson.  The original recording is mainly piano so we have transposed it for guitar in a fingerstyle arrangement. Always On My Mind chords include open chords, barre chords and some interesting slash chords.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton

Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton

Easy 2 chord song with a simple lead intro.  You need to know A major and B minor for this tune.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Friends In Low Places by Garth Brooks (Electric)

Friends In Low Places by Garth Brooks (Electric)

In this lesson we will study the electric guitar parts and the solo. The electric guitar is in standard tuning and does not use a capo like the acoustic.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Friends In Low Places by Garth Brooks

Friends In Low Places by Garth Brooks

In this lesson we will be learning the acoustic parts to this country classic. It requires the use of a capo at the 2nd fret. Chords used are G, Abdim7, Am, D, and Cm.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Long Trip Alone by Dierks Bently

Long Trip Alone by Dierks Bently

Long Trip Alone is a fairly easy country tune by Dierks Bently.  It utilizes mainly open chords.  The song starts with a melodic line within a G major chord that takes a little fingering practice.  That melodic theme reoccurs throughout the tune.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Tennessee Stud by Doc Watson

Tennessee Stud by Doc Watson

In this lesson we will study Tennessee Stud as performed by Doc Watson. The tune has a great bluegrass type intro that repeats throughout the song. It applies many of the basic bluegrass principles we have discussed in the Bluegrass Genre section. The chords used are not difficult, however the timing and arrangement are a little tricky. Best to learn a section at a time.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Mama Tried by Merle Haggard

Mama Tried by Merle Haggard

In this lesson we will learn the classic Merle Haggard tune Mama Tried.  Just 4 chords needed for this one. D, G, A, and Bm.  The intro is the most challenging part using a hybrid picking technique to create a D major based arpeggio.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett

Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett

Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett is played in the key of D. Chords used are D, G, A, Bm, Gm. There are a few barre chords used and a soulful part in the verse using first inversion D/F# chord. Taught on electric but can be easily played on acoustic as well.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker and Old Crow Medicine Show

Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker and Old Crow Medicine Show

In this lesson we will study the song "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker and Old Crow Medicine Show

Song Difficulty: 2

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Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash

Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash

In this lesson we will study Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash. The lesson includes both the acoustic and electric parts. The solo is also taught.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Boys Round Here by Blake Shelton

Boys Round Here by Blake Shelton

In this song study lesson we will learn the country tune Boys Round Here by Blake Shelton.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Fifteen by Taylor Swift

Fifteen by Taylor Swift

In this lesson we will study the song Fifteen by Taylor Swift. Good tune for beginners. Requires being able to play open chords.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Walk The Line by Johnny Cash

Walk The Line by Johnny Cash

This lesson is a song study of Walk The Line by Johnny Cash.

Song Difficulty: 3

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If I Die Young by The Band Perry

If I Die Young by The Band Perry

In this lesson we will learn If I Die Young by The Band Perry

Song Difficulty: 3

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Six Days On The Road by Dave Dudley

Six Days On The Road by Dave Dudley

This lesson is a song study of the classic country tune Six Days on the Road.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Country Road by John Denver

Country Road by John Denver

This lesson is a song study of John Denver's Country Road country classic.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Stupid Boy by Keith Urban

Stupid Boy by Keith Urban

This lesson is a song study of Keith Urban's Stupid Boy. The song requires Drop D tuning and capo at the 1st fret.

Song Difficulty: 5

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I'm Gonna Miss Her by Brad Paisley

I'm Gonna Miss Her by Brad Paisley

This lesson is a song study of I'm Gonna Miss Her by Brad Paisley. This song is based in the key of F# and requires an alternate tuning of a 1/2 step down.

Song Difficulty: 6

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Love Sick Blues by Hank Williams

Love Sick Blues by Hank Williams

In this lesson we will be learning Lovesick Blues by Hank Williams. This tune uses mostly open chords, but does have an interesting arrangement and was written with a 2/2 time signature.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Neon Light by Blake Shelton

Neon Light by Blake Shelton

In this lesson we will take a look at Neon Light by Blake Shelton. This song is unique in that harmonically, it uses just one chord. Different riffs make the sections different. We can also apply an easy chicken pickin (hybrid picking) technique to the main riff.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet

Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet

In this lesson we will be learning Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet. Easy song for beginners using only 3 open chords.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Picture by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

Picture by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

In this lesson we will be learning Picture by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. This is an easy tune using just a few open chords. Great tune for beginners.

Song Difficulty: 2

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You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

Learn how to play this tune on acoustic guitar with a capo at the 4th fret. The tune is fairly simple using just 4 chords throughout.

Song Difficulty: 2

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You and Tequila by Kenny Chesney (chords and tab)

You and Tequila by Kenny Chesney (chords and tab)

You and Tequila is a relatively simple tune with mainly open chords based in the key of G. Tune down 1/2 step to be in tune with the original recording.  Kenny Chesney uses the chords G, Csus2, G/B, D, Bm, and A7 to build the chord progressions in the song.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Cruise by Florida Georgia Line

Cruise by Florida Georgia Line

In this lesson we will learn the Florida Georgia Line tune Cruise. The song requires a capo and consists of the same 4 chord progression throughout. Easy tune if you know your open chords. We have also provided the intro lead guitar part.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Stay by Sugarland

Stay by Sugarland

In this lesson we will be learning Stay by Sugarland.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Drink A Beer by Luke Bryan

Drink A Beer by Luke Bryan

In this lesson we will be Learning Drink A Beer by Luke Bryan. This tune require a capo at the first fret.

Song Difficulty: 4

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When You Say Nothing At All by Allison Kraus

When You Say Nothing At All by Allison Kraus

In this lesson we will be learning When You Say Nothing At All by Allison Kraus. Great tune for beginner finger picking. Requires a capo at the first fret

Song Difficulty: 3

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Chicken Fried (Acoustic) by Zac Brown Band

Chicken Fried (Acoustic) by Zac Brown Band

In this lesson we will be studying the acoustic parts to Chicken Fried by the Zac Brown Band. Tune down 1/2 step to be in tune with the original recording. The song intro requires difficult Travis picking techniques. Recommended study of volume 12 lessons on finger picking. The rest of the tune is basic open chords.

Song Difficulty: 8

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Chicken Fried (Electric) by Zac Brown Band

Chicken Fried (Electric) by Zac Brown Band

In this lesson we will learn the electric guitar parts to Chicken Fried by the Zac Brown Band. It requires basic open chords.

Song Difficulty: 3

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