Allman Brothers Cover Songs 
On The Acoustic

The Allman Brothers Cover Songs For The Acoustic Guitar

Welcome to my Allman Brothers cover songs page where you'll find 7 demos to date along with free pdf downloadable chord sheets and some rhythm tips on playing these classics by The Allman Brothers.

There are also purchase links to full lesson tutorials for a small fee if you need more help in learning these songs.

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Ain't Wasting Time No More - Blue Sky
Floating Bridge - Melissa
Midnight Rider - Please Be With Me
Ramblin Man

Allman Brothers Cover Songs
Lyrics, PDF's & Tutorials

1. Ain't Wasting Time No More

This song was a lead single from their "Eat A Peach" album from 1972.

Gregg Allman wrote this song to honour his dead brother Duane, who was killed in a motorcycle crash a year earlier.

The song reached #77 on the billboard Hot 100 charts.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up down up down up down up down up ... and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, F or Fmaj7, C, G6, A7, D7, D, C7
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2. Blue Sky

This song was also from the bands 1972 album "Eat A Peach" and was written and sung by guitarist Dickey Betts about his then girlfriend and later wife Sandy.

Late guitarist Duane Allman traded lead breaks on this track with Dickey and it was one of Duane's last recording. Betts initially wanted Gregg Allman to sing the lead but Duane persuaded Dickey to sing it. Gender was left out of the song so it appealed more to the spiritual realm.

Joan Baez covered the song a bit later in 1975.

  • Drop D Tuning = No 
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up down up down up down up down up and repeat .. same as the above pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = E, A, B7
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3. Floating Bridge

This song hails from Gregg Allman's last album in 2011 entitled "Low Country Blues" and the album itself reached #5 on Billboard in the Top Blues category.

There were no singles released from the album but Floating Bridge was the first track on the record. Although not officially from the band, I thought it belonged here on this Allman Brothers cover songs page.

This song hails from Gregg Allman's last album in 2011 entitled "Low Country Blues" and the album itself reached #5 on Billboard in the Top Blues category.

There were no singles released from the album but Floating Bridge was the first track on the record.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up
  • Picking = a little
  • Chords = G, C7, D7
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4. Midnight Rider

Gregg Allman wrote this song in a cabin outside of Macon Georgia with the help of roadie Robert Kim Payne. They then broke into the recording Capricorn Recording Studio in Macon to lay down a demo track. The song as a single didn't chart in 1971 but Gregg Allman released another version in 1973 which reached #20 in both Canada and the US.

Paul Davidson released a version in the UK and scored a #10 hit and Willie Nelson covered the song later and had a #6 country hit.

The song can be found on the Idlewild Sound album of 1971 and is one of those must learn Allman Brothers covers songs.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down down up down down up and repeat with some downstrokes on the A3 if desired 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, A#, C, Dm, Am7, G
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5. Melissa

This was the 2nd single from the groups "Eat A Peach" 1972 album. Some people refer to this song as Sweet Melissa but that title is incorrect. This was brother Duane Allman's favourite song which Gregg Allman has written in 1967, even before the formation of The Allman Brothers.

Gregg Allman was struggling for a name to put into the song and while at a late night grocery store, he heard a lady in the next isle yell at her small granddaughter with the name Melissa. Gregg thanks the woman later but the lady no reason as to why. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down down up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = E, A6/9, Emaj7, A, Bm, Dbm, Cmaj7, B7, Em7
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6. Please Be With Me

This song is actually from a group called "Cowboy" which Duane Allman associated with in the very early days and in Oct 1971 laid down a track with the band. So I'm including it here. Clapton also covered this song.

You'll find the recording on Youtube. This was just a few weeks before his fatal motorcycle crash on Oct 29th 1971.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up ... can play some arpeggio notes also
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, A, Bm, C, Em
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7. Ramblin Man

The Allman Brothers only ever had a top 10 hit, and this was it. Inspired by the 1951 Hank Williams song of the same name, guitarist Dickey Betts penned this one which went on the reach #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Betts said he wrote the song at four in the morning in about 20 minutes. But he worked on the arrangement for over a year.

This is another one of those must learn Allman Brothers cover songs.

The song is off of the 1973 "Brothers And Sisters" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up - root up down up mixed with a few bass notes
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, D,  C,  Gsus, F, Em 
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Those 7 Allman Brothers cover songs should be a great start for you to learn some of these old classic souther rock tunes. I hope my rhythm tips, partial video demos and free chords and lyrics sheets were beneficial to you. 

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