Turn it up for this Sweet Home Alabama tutorial! In this lesson, you will learn how to play Sweet Home Alabama on guitar. In this guitar tutorial of the Southern Rock classic , you will be taught the chords, progressions, riffs, and nuances that make this Lynyrd Skynyrd song the gem that it is!
How to Play Sweet Home Alabama on Guitar Lesson
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Some Sweet Home Alabama song trivia from Wikipedia:
- Sweet Home Alabama is a song by Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd that first appeared in 1974 on their second album, Second Helping.
- It reached #8 on the US charts in 1974 and was the band’s second hit single.
- The famous “Turn it up” line uttered by Ronnie Van Zant in the beginning was not intended to be in the song. Van Zant was simply asking producer Al Kooper and engineer Rodney Mills to turn up the volume in his headphones so that he could hear the track better.
- There is a semi-hidden vocal line in the second verse after the “Well, I heard Mr. Young sing about her” line. In the left channel, you can hear the phrase “Southern Man” being sung lightly (at approximately 0:55). This was producer Al Kooper doing a Neil Young impression and was just another incident of the band members messing around in the studio while being recorded. According to Leon Wilkeson, it was Kooper’s idea to continue and echo the lines from “Southern Man” after each of Van Zant’s lines. “Better…keep your head”…”Don’t forget what your / good book says”, etc. But Van Zant insisted that Kooper remove it, not wanting to plagiarize or upset Young. Kooper left the one line barely audible in the left channel.
- Following the two “woos” (Wilkeson’s, the first; King’s, the second) at the start of the piano solo (at approximately 4:08), Van Zant can be heard ad-libbing “My, Montgomery’s got the answer.” The duplicate “my” was produced by Kooper turning off one of the two vocal takes. For Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1976 film Free Bird, this final line was changed to “Mr. (Jimmy) Carter got the answer.” in a reference to the 1976 Presidential Election. While this line has many variation and was commonly sung as “My Montgomery’s got the answer” in the original recording the line was “Ma and Pop Stoneman got the answer” referring to Hattie and Ernest Stoneman (better known as Ma and Pop Stoneman of the bluegrass/country music group, and a TV show of the same name, The Stoneman Family).