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Alan Jackson Gospel Songs
On The Acoustic

Thanks for stopping by my Alan Jackson gospel songs page where you'll find a collection of sample demo covers, a few full demos and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free chord sheets in .pdf format.

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Alan Jackson Gospel Songs
Demos, Chords, Lyrics & Tutorials

1. Amazing Grace

amazing grace guitar lesson

Amazing Grace was written by an English poet by the name of John Newton back in 1772 and published the song in 1779. The song was for a sermon to be preached on New Years Day 1773. The version most sung today comes from a melody composed in 1835 by William Walker, an American composer.

Over the time the lyrics have changed slightly and new ones added, depending on the artist and the slight twist they've decided to put into the song. If I were to list everyone who has recorded this song, it would be a long read. It was estimated that the song is sung approx 10 million times each year around the world.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = arpeggio style - arpeggio with a bit of strumming - near the end I'm playing just root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = Bm, A7sus, A7, D, D7 and G
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2. Are You Washed In The Blood

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Are You Washed In The Blood was written back in 1878 by Elisha Hoffman from Ohio and it became a marching song for the Salvation Army.

This song is found on the Precious Memories album of 2006.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a root down up down up down up pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D and A7
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3. How Great Thou Art

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How Great Thou Art was originally based off of a Swedish poem around 1885. It was translated into several languages and finally into English by two evangelists who were with the Billy Graham crusades. On a survey this song ranked #2 behind Amazing Grace as the most popular of hymns people enjoyed singing.

As with many songs from past years, the lyrics have changed slightly from artist to artist depending on what fits their style at the time of recording.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = use an arpeggio format
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, G7, C, Edim with an Am and a D7. Shift 1 fret is you so desire
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4. I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You

i want to stroll over heaven with you guitar lesson

I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You has little information available out there for this old hymn except to say that Alan Jackson recorded it for his Precious Memories album.

After recording a song for his farther-in-laws funeral back in 2006, that event lead to this album of old traditional gospel songs.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a root down up down up and repeat strumming pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, A, A7, D7 and G
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5. I'll Fly Away

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I'll Fly Away goes all the way back to 1929 when this song first made an appearance.

This song has been given the title of most recorded gospel song and is often performed at funerals.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = use the root down up down up down up and repeat in a fast shuffle
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D and Em
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6. It's All About Him

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It's All About Him has little or no information available about it and as to which album the song was recorded.

The song was based on a book his wife had written about Alan Jackson.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = a steady down stroke shuffle rhythm
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D and Am
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7. Thank God For The Radio

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Thank God For The Radio was first recorded by the duo "The Kendalls" and was their last big #1 hit in 1984.

Alan Jackson recorded his version 10 years later for his "Who Am I" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up bass up down up
  • Picking = No
  • Chords =  A, D, G and a Bm
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8. The Old Rugged Cross

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The Old Rugged Cross was written by an Evangelist back in 1912 by the name of George Bennard. The rights to the song were purchased a few years later for between $50-$500, and the first recording was not until 1921 by a female evangelist named Virginia Asher.

Of course Alan Jackson had to have this one on his 2006 album of old traditional gospel tunes entitled Precious Memories. There were no singles released from this album. I bet if George Bennard heard this version he would be mighty proud.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, G7, C, Am, D and D7
Chords & Lyrics

 

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9. There's Power In The Blood

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There's Power In The Blood is another number that has little info available on the history of this song.

Alan Jackson did include it as a track on his 2013 Precious Memories II album. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up down up down up strumming pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C and D
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10. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

what a friend we have in jesus guitar lesson

What A Friend We Have In Jesus was originally written as a poem in 1855 and had music added to it sometime in the 1880s. Over the years and through multiple language translations, the lyrics seemed to change to fit the times or the situation.

Alan Jackson, Glen Campbell, Brad Paisley and many artists have recorded their versions of this on hymn.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a bit of arpeggio combined with a bit of strumming
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, D7, G, Ddim, Dsus and an A or an A7
Chords & Lyrics

 

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Thanks for stopping by my Alan Jackson gospel songs page for the acoustic guitar and I hope you found the info here useful. 

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