Here on my Alan Jackson love songs page you'll find nine great songs you can learn on the acoustic guitar. If you've come into the site on this page there are also additional Alan Jackson Songs here and several Alan Jackson Gospel Songs on this page.
Watch my free demos below and read through some of the text as I explain the rhythm patterns I'm using and the chords in the song.
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In this Alan Jackson song called Had It Not Been You, there is a combination or arpeggio and rhythm playing. You can pause in places and restart at your own pace as you'll see me do in the beginning. As the song moves along there is more rhythm following the root up down up pattern.
In the middle there is a picking break that may be a bit tough to follow as there is no rhythm here. But once you get the song in your head, it's not too difficult.
Chords used here with a capo on the first (which is optional) are the E, B7, A, Dbm, Gbm, Edim chords. And in some places you can substitute the A for an Asus2, which is the open b string.
In this song called I Wish I Could Back Up, you'll have basic rhythm using a shuffle pattern and arpeggio picking as well as a few riffs and some main picking in two separate sections.
Usually Alan Jackson love songs for me are in the comfort zone or slightly a bit high, but this one I find a bit low in this original key of G. Hopefully it works OK for you.
You'll need these six chords for this one and they are G, C, D, Am, Em and a B7.
For this song called I'm Just A Little Bluer Than That I'm play a double downstroke on the rhythm. Normally you'd play a root up down up and repeat. But you'll notice I'm playing a root down down bass up down up. Just a preference.
As with most Alan Jackson love songs, there is a break somewhere in the song and this one is no different.
This song does a key change so starting with a capo on the 3rd, I'm play a D, G, A7, A/Db, Bm, Bm/A, E, and an Em. When the song moves up two frets you'll use the E, along with the A and B7.
I'm playing It Must Be Love with a capo on the 3rd fret in D, which is the F key.
There is an intro picking riff which is familiar and is played in the middle and end of the song as well. I'm using a Drop D tuning in this one as well.
The rhythm here is a down up stop up down up stop up and then change chord, so it's a little unique.
This is not one of those Alan Jackson love songs using three chords because Don Williams wrote this one and yes, used three chords which in this case is D, G ad A.
I'm playing this song in the original key of A, but because there is a lot of fiddle playing in this number called Livin' On Love, I'm using a capo on the 2nd fret with a Drop D tuning and playing in the G chord structure.
So this song is quite busy in the first half but can be conquered with a series of hammer-ons and pulls offs as best I can figure out.
I've changed the rhythm in the chorus from the verse which is root up down up bass up down up to a double downstroke. This technique adds a bit of a skip to the chorus by playing root down down root up down up and repeat.
This is one of those classic Alan Jackson love songs that has three chords. The Livin On Love chords are G, C and D. You can also throw in G7 and D7.
Loves Got A Hold On You is a three chord song in E that has that country two step vibe. You'll play a little picking riff on the top couple of strings in the beginning, middle and end with this one but nothing too difficult.
You may find this one vocally a bit high in spots if you have my vocal range and this song allows for some bass playing in the rhythm if you use a root up down up bass up down up strumming pattern.
Here you'll use that Alan Jackson love songs model of three chords, E, A and B7.
Remember When is a beautiful love songs about Alan Jackson's relationship with his wife Denise.
This song has 10 chords in it which is a lot for a country song, but there are two key changes in the song.
A simple root up down up pattern will carry you through til the end. I have as additional Alan Jackson Remember When Chords page.
The Remember When chords are G, Em, C, D, Am, F, Esus, E, A and a Gbm.
When you play this song called Someday you can start with a root up down up bass up down up rhythm pattern and play that all the way through the song.
But as you'll notice in my version, once it gets going, I change the pattern and play a root down up down up bass up down up. By adding the extra downstroke in this one, I find it carries along better.
There is no picking in this song and it requires a C, F, G, Am and Em for chords.
In this number called The One You're Waiting On, you'll need to play some riffs while strumming and picking out a break in the middle.
The rhythm is pretty much a steady up and down using the various riff patterns I explain in the lesson. Near the end of the song the riffs are repeated several times as part of the outtro.
The five chords here with a capo on the 2nd fret are G, D/Gb, C, Am and Em.
I like these kinda songs that have an old style feel about them and this one called Trying Not To Love You has that.
A very basic root up down up rhythm pattern throughout as the chords change too quick to capture a bass note. It's a bit tricky to pick anything in this one but I do a little near the end of the humming break.
Chords you'll need here are E, D, Db, Gbm, B7, B7/G and a Ddim.
Have some fun learning these Alan Jackson Love Songs on the acoustic and I encourage you to make use of the free chords and lyrics sheet here. I hope the info you found here was helpful.