Old Man – Neil Young – Guitar Lesson, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

This is how I play Old Man by Neil Young this song is appropriate for the beginner, intermediate and advanced guitar players. I show you how to simplify the intro in this video and there are different levels of playing shown. Have fun with this classic song by Neil Young! below are links to a leadsheet with chords and the link to a performance video of Old Man.

Lead Sheet – https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/guitar-leadsheets/old_man_neil_young.pdf
Here is my cover of Old Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib9jd0mxTSk
Teacher – Hal Stead

0:48 Chords, Introduction
1:40 Tab for intro
2:37 Counting with Intro
3:24 Simplifying the Intro
4:53 Counting and strumming – Intro
5:55 Interlude between Intro and Verse




Blueridge BR-73
Yamaha 120 SD
Ibanez Andorra Classical 2862
Baby Taylor
Ukulele Kala KA–CG

PolyTune Clip
Tuning apps – Cleartune, iStrobosoft, n-Track Tuner

Yamaha P22 Acoustic Piano
Yamaha CP33 Electric Piano

Crate GFX 15 w/DSP

TC Electronic Hall Of Fame 2
TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper Pedal

Canon 70D
Apple iPhone SE 64GB

Roland R-26


Movie Studio Platinum 14

Sound Forge 10 & 12

Finale 25

Sacred Sunday – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhI97quE-W-KGvdigzqr6wkqi0Ur44D5U
Mail Monday – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhI97quE-W-LA_-OEgai2Y_5MacB1hL-O
Advanced Tuesday – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhI97quE-W-I6zBumarM3h2stLYJ23xR0
Beginner Wednesday – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhI97quE-W-KumXmrffvfvvcD-9x_qIhC
Theory Thursday – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhI97quE-W-IqoFghX06pplZoM16a81z7
Fun Friday – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhI97quE-W-
Song Saturday – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhI97quE-W-LSYbA903P6TrPBxl0PtMB-

Other Playlists:
Simple Open Position Chords https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhI97quE-W-KBcC2eNuLwpYlAsCuSvtl6
Songs with Simple Melodies https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhI97quE-W-Kkq5_F2lqulQya8quNsITS
Video Guitar Lessons https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhI97quE-W-Kv4nMkF6Gy7l6r8IOP4HCr
Cover Songs – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhI97quE-W-Kj5WZUicTCQT4rNpDF1LRR

Entrance and Exit music – Standing Stone played by Eric Blood – Bass and vocals, Hal Stead – acoustic guitar, and Zach Reinhard – cajon.

Take care,
Hal Stead
Video Rating: / 5


  1. Great job breaking Old Man down! I've got the left hand working well, still working on the right hand, especially for the intro. Thanks! Do you min me asking what strings your using? I like the bright sound you get. I'm currently using Elixir Nanoweb 11-52. Great lesson!

  2. A superb lesson, Mr. Quail Studios Guitar Man, thank you so much ! 🙂

  3. Great video! You take the mystery out of this song and show options for different levels of expertise that actually work. Thanks!

  4. Beautiful voice and good lessons

  5. charles simpson

    I feel you have the best tutorial for this song on this site, even when you're improvising, you sound more like Neil that any of the ohter tutorials. Thank you.

  6. Really enjoyed the lesson, thank you.

  7. what a great tutor, must look for more of your lessons, thank you.

  8. Thank you Quail. Great lesson. Enjoyed it very much !

  9. Aaamazing lesson! You have a very calm, pleasant, and kind demeanor and very nice voice as well. i went back to basics and am focusing on the rhythm. The strum pattern helped me get most of the beginning but i have trouble transitioning from the d-minor to the major and keeping rhythm. i feel as if i got the interlude the best so far, i love those hammer ons they are so fun and just spice up progressions so nicely. Subbed!

  10. what a great lesson, can't wait to nail it.

  11. Slowly but surely I'm getting it. I've been practicing a lot for about two weeks- really want to be able to sing and play this. The intro is the hardest! When I strum it it sounds terrible so just going for the picking.

  12. Excellent lesson! Thanks!

  13. Great lesson. Thanks ++

  14. lucasealbuquerque

    Great work on your videos! Just discovered your chanel and really liked it! Good advices, good teaching, great playing! Keep up the good work!

    Also, I have a Blueridge guitar too, those babies are fantastic 🙂 It's always nice to find someone playing blueridge!

    Cheers from Brazil!

  15. rappernickisbaasch

    Is it me or are you palm muting a little bit?

  16. WOW! Thank you for offering the complex AND the simplified techniques. The onscreen tabular notations that follow your playing are BRILLIANT! I am only two weeks into learning guitar and your tutorial is so approachable … I think I can actually work into this! THANK YOU for the details!

  17. way to teach it mann, well done.

  18. Jonathan Davidson

    What is the guitar you are using? It sounds incredible…

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