The Byrds Best Guitar Songs
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The Byrds Best Guitar Songs On Acoustic Guitar

Welcome to The Byrds best guitar songs page where you'll find a collection of free acoustic demos, free chords and lyrics sheets you can download in .pdf format and if required, full lesson tutorials available for purchase for a small fee. There are also some tips on rhythm patterns and a bit of info on each of the Byrds songs below.


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1. The Byrds Chimes Of Freedom

This song was written and recorded by Bob Dylan in 1964. The Byrds released their cover version a year later from their "Mr Tambourine Man" album.

During this recording session, and this being the last track for the album, David Crosby refused to sing with no explanation. After producer Jim Dickson put Crosby on the floor and with some very stern words that followed, Crosby relented and sang his harmony part on the track. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, C, Em, D, Am
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2. The Byrds Hickory Wind

While riding the train from Florida to Los Angeles in 1968, Gram Parsons and Bob Buchanan co-wrote this song. Parsons was a member of The Byrds and Buchanan was a member of a previous band with Parsons, so they were good buddies.

In Mar of 1968 Parsons appeared on the Grand Ole Opry as a guest on the basis that he sing a Merle Haggard song. But Parsons pulled a fast one and sang this song instead. And it became his signature song away from The Byrds band.

This one can be found on The Byrds 1968 album "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" but was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, D, C
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3. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better

Gene Clark, who was a founding member of the LA based band The Byrds, wrote this song. It was recorded for their debut 1965 album "Mr Tambourine Man".

The song was a B-side to Bob Dylans All I  Really Want To Do which reached #40 on Billboard with I'll Feel A Whole lot Better reaching #103.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = arpeggio
  • Picking = No
  • Chords =  C, G6, Am, Am/G, Am/Gb, Am/F, D/Gb, ?
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4. The Byrds Mr Spaceman

In 1966 the band released the album "5th Dimension" and this song was the 3rd single from that album, reaching #36 in the US but failing to chart in the UK. The song is also on additional compilation albums.

Jimmy Buffett, Rizzo The Rat and Alvin And The Chipmunks have all covered this song.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, A7, D, C, G6, Am
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5. The Byrds Mr Tambourine Man

This song was written by Bob Dylan and has more lyrics to it then what The Byrds recorded in their version. Dylan released his version in Mach 1965 and The Byrds a month later, which went to #1 in both the US and UK and was the title of their debut album. This song actually introduced a new phrase in music called "Folk Rock".

As a side note, The Byrds band name was created in 1964 after Michael Clarke and Chris Hillman joined over Thanksgiving 1964. The full Mr Tambourine Man Byrds lesson is available at the link below. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes just the intro/outtro
  • Chords = D, A, G
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6. The Byrds Turn Turn Turn

Pete Seeger took most of these lyrics from the Bible and added only a few words to create this song which he first recorded in the late 1950's.

The Limeliters released a version in 1962 and called it "To Everything There Is A Season".

The Byrds released their version back in 1965 and scored a #1 hit in the US on the Billboard Hot 100.. This song holds the title of the oldest lyrics (10th century it is believed) to reach a #1 hit song and can be found the groups Turn Turn Turn album. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = Bo
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up and the use of a rake pattern using a root down up root up down up in the ch sections 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, D/Gb, A7, Em
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