Hey everyone! In this lesson I’m going to show you how to play Chris Stapleton’s version of “Tennessee Whiskey.” It’s a 2-chord wonder – it just uses 2 chords, in the same order the ENTIRE TIME!
This country song was written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove. Originally performed by David Allan Coe. George Jones’ version is also notable.
If you’re just getting started you might need some extra help. I have 2 resources for that:
If you find yourself struggling with the very basics (chord shapes + strumming with a steady rhythm), you’ll want to check out my Complete Beginner’s Course. More information here: https://goodguitarist.com/beginner-guitar-course/
And there’s my 2 eBooks (which are free for all subscribers!) – You can use them to help you build a solid foundation: chords, switching, progressions, riffs, techniques, TAB reading… everything it takes to be a “good guitarist.” You can find them here: http://goodguitarist.com/learn-rhythm-guitar/ — http://goodguitarist.com/learn-lead-guitar/
I’m going to show you 3 things in this lesson:
1) How to play the song using 2 easy chord shapes (requires a Capo at the 2nd fret)
2) How to play the lead guitar part
3) How to play the song WITHOUT a capo (requires the use of a BARRE CHORD)
We start off by learning 2 chord shapes: G and Am. We strum through them to practice switching, and then learn a simple strumming pattern. This one is in 3/4 time, so we count it out “1 + 2 + 3 +” – make sure you take it slow and work it out just like we talk about in the lesson. Once you have it down, we put it together with the chords and play through the verse.
Next we learn the lead guitar part, which is pretty simple but requires the use of SLIDES. I recommend practicing slides from the 2nd to 4th fret (and back) on the A string, OVER and over again.
After putting the lead guitar part together, we finally learn how to play this song without using a capo. This means using the Bm barre chord. I go over a good way to visualize it, and then go over a few tips for making sure you don’t hurt your wrist and can properly develop the right technique to play it.
I recommend going through my barre chord miniseries (free on my site – http://goodguitarist.com/basic-barre-chords/)
Finally, as an added bonus, I show you how to play a nifty rhythm guitar embellishment that spices up the tune a little bit – just in case the rest was a bit too easy for you 😉
Enjoy the lesson, I’ll see you soon!