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Welcome to my songs by Elvis Presley page based on the most requested, viewed and purchased tutorials of Elvis material. Below you'll find demos, chord sheets and rhythm tip to several popular Elvis songs.

I have approx 100 but only a portion are displayed here until I get all of the new code on my pages, then I'll post the other demos and lessons.

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Songs By Elvis Presley

Jan 8th, 1935 – Aug 17th, 1977 (aged 42)

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Songs By Elvis Presley
Chords, Demos, Samples, Tutorials

1. An American Trilogy

An American Trilogy Guitar Lesson

An American Trilogy was originally composed by Mickey Newbury using three songs from the 19th century including Dixie, The Battle Hymn Of The Republic and All My Trials.

The song appeared on his Aloha From Hawaii album and peaked at #8 in the UK and #31 in the US. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use downstrokes - then a shuffle pattern - some arpeggio and quick shuffle strumming
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, C7, F, Adim, Am, Dm7, D7, Gsus, G, C/F, E7, Am/G, Gm
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2. Blue Suede Shoes

Blue Suede Shoes Guitar Lesson

Blue Suede Shoes is a Carl Perkins number from 1955 and was recorded by Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran. Elvis did his version for his debut album in 1956.

Elvis never had a #1 as Perkins did with his version. Elvis's version peaked at #20.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up with some walking bass
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C7, D7
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3. Good Rockin Tonight

Good Rockin Guitar Lesson

Good Rockin Tonight is a song written by Roy Brown back in 1947 who had a #13 with that initial release and two years later released is again with a #11. In 1954 Elvis took a shot with his version and used I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine as the B-side.

Elvis's version did not chart and is from the album A Date With Elvis.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat - then use a standard up and down rock and roll strum
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, A7, B7
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4. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues 

Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues Guitar Lesson

Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues appeared on Elvis's 1973 album "Good Times".

Two singles were released from this album but this song was not one of them unfortunately. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: a steady down up down with some riffs blended in
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, Cmaj7, D
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5. I Can't Help Falling In Love With You

I Cant Help Falling In Love With You Guitar Lesson

I Can't Help Falling In Love With You is a track from the Blue Hawaii album in 1961.

The song was a #1 in the US and a top 10 in several countries.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: 1-2-3 up down up where 1-2-3 are arpeggio notes on the chords and a bit of shuffle strumming
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, A7, Bm, Bm/A, G, A7sus, Em, Gbm, Abm, Db, B7, Dsus
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6. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine

i dont care if the sun dont shine guitar lesson

I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine was the b-side to Good Rockin Tonight back in 1954.

This song did chart at #74 in the US and can be found on his "Elvis At Sun" record.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, D7, A7
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7. If I Can Dream

if i can dream guitar lesson

If I Can Dream was first released as a single back in 1968 and reached #12 in the US,  #11in the UK and #2 in Australia.

The track is on the Elvis NBC TV Special album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down down and repeat will work
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, Am, F, Gsus, G, Em, Dm, C7, Adim, G6, D7, A7sus, A7, Bm, Ddim, D, Gm
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8. Kentucky Rain

kentucky rain guitar lesson

Kentucky Rain was a 1970 release from Elvis off of his "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol 1." 

The song peaked at #3 on the US country charts.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use a down down up down up down up shuffle pattern - and a few chops in the rhtyhm
  • Picking: just a few arpeggio notes
  • Chords: Fmaj7. Cmaj7, Gsus, G, C, F, G6, Am, D, D7, Dm, Em
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9. One Night With You

one night with you guitar lesson

One Night With You was a 1956 song that was a hit for Smiley Lewis. Elvis had a larger success after he re-wrote some of the lyrics and got approval to record it from the record label.

His release was in 1958 and hit #1 in the UK and #4 in the US. This one can be found on the "50,000,000 Elvis Fans Cant Be Wrong" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up root up down up with some riffs and downstrokes 
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: E, A, B7, E7, Gb
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10. Paralyzed

paralyzed guitar lesson

Paralyzed was recorded by Elvis in 1956 for his album Elvis.

The song was never a single release.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up with some walking bass
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: A, D, D7, G, E
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11. Separate Ways

separate ways guitar lesson

Separate Ways was a single from the album of the same name which was released back in 1972.

Elvis scored a #3 in the US with this song on both the pop and country charts.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: downstroke and a steady shuffle will work
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Dmaj7, D7, G, Em, A7
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12. Surrender

surrender guitar lesson

Surrender was a huge hit for Elvis in 1961 hitting #1 in several countries and a top 5 in many others.

The song hails from the album "Elvis' Golden Records Vol 3".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: downstrokes - then down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Dm, Gm, A7, Dmaj7, D, Em, Gbm, Bm
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13. Suspicious Minds

suspicious minds guitar lesson

Suspicious Minds was another huge song for Elvis reaching #1 in the US and several other countries.

This song can be found on the album "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: 1-2 down down up down up down up down down and repeat will work with some chops in the rhythm
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C/G, D, Bm, Em
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14. Teddy Bear

teddy bear guitar lesson

Teddy Bear was part of the loving You soundtrack album from 1957.

The song reached #1 in the US and Canada and #3 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:down up stop up down up stop up in a fast shuffle with some walking bass
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, Gb, F, C, C7, C
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15. The Wonder Of You

the wonder of you guitar lesson

The Wonder Of You was recorded as a live performance in 1970 and appeared on the "Live Stage" album.

As happened a few times, an Elvis song would score a #1 hit on the US country charts and that's what happened with this song. The song also hit #1 in Denmark and the UK. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down down up stop up down and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D7, G, Em, Am, D7sus, D7, G7, Em, E7, C, Bm, D#
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16. Treat Me Nice

treat me nice guitar lesson

Treat Me Nice was a B-side song to the A-side single Jailhouse Rock which was release back in 1957.

The song also appeared in the Jailhouse Rock film.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down up stop up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, C, C7, F, D7, G7, Adim, C#7
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17. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again

when my blue moon turns to gold again elvis presley

When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again was written in 1940 and first recorded in 1941 by the writers Wiley Walker and Gene Sullivan.

Elvis recorded the song years later in 1956 for his album Elvis. The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, B7, A
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