Difficulty: Level IILevel II
Length: 12:26
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With our guitar tutorial on Free Bird, you will learn these guitar skills:
  • Alternate picking
  • Arpeggios
  • Chords
  • Slides
  • Vibrato

Free Bird (often misspelled as Freebird) is a huge-huge classic by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and a great song to practice and thus improve your guitar skills with. It will give you a chance to practice a wide array of guitar techniques.

First of all, you’ll be learning a couple of chords, which you will then learn to arpeggiate, as well as add some pinky hammer-ons + pull-offs. If you’ve listened to the song, you’ll know that it has a really nice, mellow solo at the end that they play under distortion. Practicing and learning this solo will develop your lead guitar techniques since you’ll be using slides, vibratos, etc., so the works to get your guitar solo sounding right.

So basically this guitar lesson on Free Bird will give you a chance to practice almost everything you should be learning at this stage of your studies, and best of all, it’s a really truly great song you'll love playing to yourself and others, along with the rest of the easy guitar songs you'll find on our website.

Free Bird song details

Free Bird was released on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album back in 1973. It’s been almost 4 decades, but it’s proving to be timeless, and a staple song for the band with its memorable guitar solo. Lynyrd Skynyrd usually played this song at the end of their concert, since it’s a long piece, and at times, the song led into live jam sessions at the concert.

Few people know that the opening line of the song, “If I leave here tomorrow would you still remember me?" was actually a question posed to Allen Collins by his girlfriend.

Free Bird awards and chart rankings

  • U.S. Billboard Chart: #19
  • Included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll
  • Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: #19

If you want to refine the skills you learned in Free Bird, check out these lessons on songs by clicking these links:
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