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1. A Little Bluer Than That

a little bluer than that guitar lesson

A Little Bluer Than That hails form the 2008 album "Good Time".

This one was never was released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = a double downstroke - 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.
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = I'm playing 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
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2. Bug In My Margarita (Long Way To Go)

bug in my margarita guitar lesson

Bug In My Margarita was inspired after Alan Jackson watched a bug land in his drink. He made a mental note of it and on a cold day in Nashville, put pen to paper and wrote this song.

The official name is "Long Way To Go" and can be found as the lead single from his 2011 album "Thirty Miles West". The song reached #24 on the US country chart.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = a simple root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  D, G and A or A7 if you prefer
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3. Chasin That Neon Rainbow

chasin that neon rainbow guitar lesson

Chasin That Neon Rainbow was from the 1990 debut album "Here In The Real World" and was the 4th single.

The song peaked at #2 on the US Country Charts.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a simple root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  G, C, D, D/Gb, Em, A7 for the first half of the song. When the key change kicks in you'll use an A, D, E,  A/Ab, Gbm and a B7

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4. Chattahoochee

chattahoochee guitar lesson

Chattahoochee came about while Jim McBride and Alan Jackson were trying to come up with an up-tempo type song back in 1993. Jim came up with the line "way down yonder on the chattahoochee" and the song evolved from there. Neither Jackson or McBride ever thought the song was going to be the monster hit that it became. 

The song became a #1 in both Canada and the US in 1993 and also won the Country Music Awards (CMA) Song Of The Year and Single Of The Year. There was a music video for the song which featured Alan Jackson water skiing on the Chattahoochee River.

The song hails from the 1993 album "A Lot About Livin".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up or root up down up bass up down up  
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, G, F, D7, G7

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5. Drive

drive guitar lesson

Drive became a #1 hit when it was released back in 2002. It's a song about Alan and his dad Eugene Jackson.

The song is from the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up will get thru this one 
  • Picking = a little
  • Chords = G, C, D, Em, A7
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6. Gone Country

gone country guitar lesson

Gone Country came from the pen of Bob McDill, who was an active songwriter between 1960 and 2000. Alan Jackson recorded this one for his "Who Am I" album which was released back in Nov 1994. McDill had 31 #1 hits during his active writing career and had songs recorded by Ray Charles, Don Williams, Joe Cocker, Waylon Jennings and others.

When Alan Jackson released this song, it was the  third single from the album. His first two singles went to number 1 which were Summertime Blues and Livin On Love. This song also hit the #1 ranking in the US and #2 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes a little
  • Chords = G, D, C, Em
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7. Had It Not Been You

had it not been you guitar lesson

Had It Not Been You hails from the album "Red Like A Rose" which was a bit of a commercial flop. Alan Jackson only wrote one song on this record and it changed direction away from traditional country and went in a pop direction. 

Had It Not Been You was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = a combination or arpeggio and rhythm playing root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  E, B7, A, Dbm, Gbm, Edim
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8. Here In The Real World

here in the real world guitar lesson

Here In The Real World hails from the debut album of the same name which was released in Feb of 1990.

This was the 2nd of 5 singles off of that album ad became Alan Jackson's first top 10, peaking at #3 on the charts.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up or you could use some bass notes and play root up down up bass up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  D, G, A, Em and a Gbm
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9. Home

home guitar lesson

Home was recorded in 1989 was was originally slated for his debut album the following year but instead was used as a B-side to several singles. It wasn't until 1995 that it was released as an A-side song and peaked at #3. This song is also from the "Here In The Real World" album.

The Home chords and lyrics are below.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = an arpeggio beginning -- a root up root up down up -- root down up root up down up and repeats
  • Picking = Riff or two
  • Chords =  C, F and G
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10. I Wish I Could Back Up

i wish i could back up guitar lesson

I Wish I Could Back Up hails from Jackson's 2008 album "Good Time".

This song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = basic rhythm using a shuffle pattern and arpeggio picking
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D, Am, Em and a B7
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11. I'll Try

ill try guitar lesson

I'll Try was a single release back in 1996 and can be found on his Greatest Hits Compilation album.

The song reached #1 in the US and #5 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = a piano riff
  • Chords = G, C, D
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12. It Must Be Love

it must be love guitar lesson

It Must Be Love was another Bob McDill composition and in 1979 Don Williams had a #1 record. Fast Forward to 2000 and history repeated itself when Alan Jackson had his version also reach #1 on the country charts.

The song is found on his "Under The Influence" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = down up stop up down up stop up and then change chord
  • Picking = Yes -  a familiar riff
  • Chords = D, G and A
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13. It's Five o'Clock Somewhere

its five oclock somewhere guitar lesson

It's Five o'clock Somewhere was recorded as a duet with Jimmy Buffett ... a Florida boy and a next door neighbor Georgia boy but neither of them wrote the song.

It got Jackson on the pop charts for the first time at #65 and became Buffett's first top 10 song since the 1970's when it came out in 2003. The song was a #1 hit on the country charts.

The song is from his Greatest Hits Vol II album.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Various riffs
  • Chords =  D, G, A7, Asus, Bm, A/Db and an Em
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14. Jim And Jack And Hank

jim and jack and hank guitar lesson

Jim And Jack And Hank hails from the 2015 album called Angels and Alcohol and 7 of the 10 songs were written by Alan Jackson.

This song was a single from the album but only peaked at #41 on the country charts. Jim and Jack and Hank chords and lyrics are below.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd Fret
  • Rhythm = all down strokes
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  D, G and an A 
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15. Just As I Am

just as i am guitar lesson

Just As I Am comes from the poet Charlotte Elliott, who wrote this song back in 1835 and Jackson included it on his 2013 album "Precious Memories Vol II".

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = arpeggio down over the strings followed but some rhythm count counting 1-2-3 up down up and repeat -- or  -- skip the arpeggio and just strum in a root up down up down up root up down up down up pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, G7, C, D and a Dsus
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16. Livin On Love

livin on love guitar lesson

Livin On Love is from Jackson's 1994 album "Who I Am".

The song topped the country charts and became a huge #1 at that time.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = verse is root up down up bass up down up - chorus to a double downstroke - meaning play root down down root up down up and repeat.
  • Picking = Yes - hammer ons - pull offs
  • Chords = G, C and D - you can also throw in G7 and D7
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17. Love's Got A Hold On You

loves got a hold on you guitar lesson

Love's Got A Hold On You strangely enough was not written by Alan Jackson. The song bwcame a #1 hit from his 1992 "Dont Rock The Jukebox" album.

The songwriters were Carson Chamberlain and Keith Stegall.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = allows for some bass using a root up down up bass up down up 
  • Picking = Yes - a little
  • Chords =  E, A and B7
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18. Midnight In Montgomery

midnight in montgomery guitar lesson

Midnight In Montgomery came about one stormy night in Montgomery Alabama when Alan Jackson spent an evening there and payed a visit to the local cemetery to pay his respects to Hank Williams who is buried there.

Upon returning to Nashville, Jackson sat down with a writing friend of his, Don Sampso,n and together co-wrote this song called Midnight In Montgomery as a tribute song to Hank Williams. 

The song hails from the 1991 album "Don't Rock The Jukebox".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm =  this one is mainly arpeggio picking of the strings as you play thru the chords in this song or play a down down up - up down up down up in the chorus
  • Picking = No
  • Chords =  Dm, C, A#, A, A7
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19. Pop A Top

pop a top guitar lesson

Pop A Top may surprise many people to know that it was first recorded back in 1966 by Nat Stuckey.

Jim Ed Brown had a #3 hit in 1967 and Alan Jackson's version reached #6 on the country charts in 1999. The song hails from his "Under The Influence".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = walking bass - while the right hand does a steady down up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  G,C and a D and then a whole step shift up to the A, D and E
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20. Precious Memories

precious memories guitar lesson

Precious Memories is a traditional gospel song that was written back in 1925 by JBF Wright. Many artists besides Alan Jackson have recorded this one over the years including Aretha Franklin, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings and a few others.

This song was the title of the album that Alan Jackson released back in 2006 which contained a collection of 15 old traditional gospel songs. No single were released from that album but reached #1 on the Top Country Albums chart as well as obtaining a Platinum status in sales.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, A7, A/Db, Bm and an E or E7
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21. Remember When

remember when guitar lesson

Remember When hit the airwaves in the fall of 2003 and by Feb 2004 the song was a #1 country hit.

The songs can be found on his Greatest Hits Vol II album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm =  a simple root up down up, chord change, root up down up and so on
  • Picking = Yes -- There are two picking riff / breaks in the song. One at the beginning and another later when the key changes after the third verse and changes to the C, Am, F and G. After that section the song transitions over to the Esus, E and moved into the A key for the last part.
  • Chords =  G, Em, C, D, Am, F, Esus, E, A, Gbm
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22. She's Got The Rhythm

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She's Got The Rhythm was co-written by Alan Jackson and Randy Travis and they were going to pitch it to B.B. King. But in the end, Jackson decided he'd like to record the song.

Good choice as it turned out to become a #1 hit in 1993 from his album "A Lot About Livin".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = all downstrokes but you can combine some upstrokes as I do
  • Picking = Few Riffs & Picking
  • Chords =  A, D E and a B7
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23. Someday

someday guitar lesson

Someday became a second #1 hit from his 1992 album "Dont Rock The Jukebox". The song was a #2 hit in Canada.

The official music video for this song is posted below.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up bass up down up or -  play a root down up down up bass up down up
  • Picking = No
  • Chords =  C, F, G, Am and Em
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24. Small Town Southern Man

small town southern man guitar lesson

Small Town Southern Man was released by Alan Jackson  in Nov of 2007 . The song was written by Jackson himself for the album "Good Times".

He had a three year drought since his previous #1 which was Remember When, so this one topped the Country Charts for him in the US. Small Town Southern Man chords and lyrics below.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm =  play a root up down up root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  D, G, A
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25. The Older I Get

the older i get guitar lesson

The Older I Get was released by Alan Jackson in 2017 as a single but it never charted. That should tell you something about the state of country music when great country songs don't get radio play and chart at all.

This song is on the 2017 album "Where Have You Gone".

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = mix in some arpeggio note picking -- down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  D, G and A7 -- you can throw in like a Dsus or an A7sus also
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26. The One You're Waiting On

the one youre waiting on guitar lesson

The One You're Waiting On is from the Angels And Alcohol album from 2016.

This song was released as a single in 2016 but failed to chart.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = a steady up and down bass up down up
  • Picking = Yes & some riffs
  • Chords =  G, D/Gb, C, Am and Em
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27. Tonight I Climbed The Walls

tonight i climbed the wall guitar lesson

Tonight I Climbed The Wall was written by Alan Jackson and released as a single back in 1993 from his album "A Lot About Livin'.

This song reached #4 on the country charts in both Canada and the US.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = a few riffs
  • Chords =  G, C, D, D7
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28. Tryin' Not To Love You

trying not to love you guitar lesson

Tryin Not To Love You was a dedication song to a Merle Haggard album that Alan Jackson recorded back in 1994.

This song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a very basic root up down up
  • Picking = a little
  • Chords =  E, D, Db, Gbm, B7, B7/G and a Ddim
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29. Where Were You When ...

where were you when the world stopped turning guitar lesson

Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning was written by Alan Jackson about the tragic events of Sept 11, 2001 and hails from the album "Drive".

Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning chords and lyrics below.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = You can play this with arpeggio in the verses and then use a down down up down up down up rhythm pattern in the chorus. Or you can do some arpeggio and some strumming and mix up the two patterns
  • Picking = No
  • Chords =  C, F, G, Am and Am/G
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30. You Can Always Come Home

you can always come home guitar lesson

You Can Always Come Home hails from the Angels and Alcohol album of 2015.

This number was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd Fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  D, G, Bm and A7
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