Danny Boy Guitar Lesson Videos For Solo Guitar

In this song lesson lesson you will learn a solo guitar arrangement of the traditional Irish tune "Danny Boy".

Even though this Danny Boy guitar lesson is in the chord melody style, I tried not to make it very jazzy. In fact, the harmonization of the melody is pretty straight forward.

However, this arrangement does have a few technical hurdles you may need to climb first. I wanted this Danny Boy guitar lesson to at least challenge you a little bit. 🙂

For the most part the difficulty lies in the big chord stretches thrown throughout the tune. I think these not only make it a good chord workout, but they also sound better on the guitar.

Try to keep the melody prominent over the harmony. It isn't that difficult since the top note of every chord is the melody note, and all the single notes are melody notes as well.

Also, I taught this Danny Boy guitar lesson on a nylon string acoustic but don't let that stop you if you don't have one. Nylon string is just my preferred acoustic sound, but any steel string acoustic or electric will work.

I think this arrangement will not only be a good chord workout for those who try it, but also a nice fingerpicking study as well. Making all of those notes within the chords sound even with fingerpicking is the tricky part.

Grab the TAB from this link below.

Danny Boy For Solo Guitar TAB PDF Download

So have fun with this Danny Boy guitar lesson and don't hesitate to let me know if you would like to see other solo guitar arrangements of popular tunes. 🙂

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  1. Anonymous on December 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    hey hey from south africa! where is the video? i am a beginner guitarist & this site confuses me lol. i can only seem to find the pdf tab & not the video lessons of the songs. help 🙁

    • Carl Brown on December 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Hey the videos are directly underneath the TAB link. If you can’t see the videos it probably has something to do with the device you are using to watch the lessons.

      Try to watch them on a standard computer or try a different browser and see how that works. Good Luck!


  2. nadia on December 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Found it after using a different brower. So I can only watch them & not download? I found guitarlessons365 through a video I found on tubidy.mobi

  3. nadia on December 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    thank you for the quicj reply! so the videos cannot be downloaded only watched? & btw is fingerstyle like fingerpicking. no strumming invloved?

    • Carl Brown on December 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Hey Nadia, yeah the videos are just YouTube embeds and they are usually just watched online. However, there are plenty of free YouTube browser plugins that would allow you to freely download any video that is on the page to your computer.

      They aren’t very hard to use but would require a little set up at first. Just google YouTube video download plugin for whatever browser you use and you should find plenty of free options.

      Thanks for watching my lessons!


  4. nadia on January 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    heyyy i just found a bag of desiccant in my guitar. must i keep it in or leave it there i have no idea what it is for or what it is & i dont know who else to ask either.

    • Carl Brown on January 19, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Hey Nadia, just throw the bag out. It is only useful when the guitar is being shipped. 🙂


  5. nadia on January 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

    thank you very much! 🙂

  6. mike on July 27, 2014 at 10:40 pm

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  7. Anonymous on August 13, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Could you please do “The Last of Us” main theme by Gustavo Santaolalla?

  8. markbensonzimmerman@outlook.com on September 22, 2014 at 12:42 am

    nice job explaining__I’ll relearn the ancient melody and I been playing Dottie Rambo’s “AmazingGrace” for 25 yrs. Nice. mbz

  9. Daniel on November 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Hey, Carl!

    I have been watching your YouTube lessons and they’re very helpful! I’ve also seen that you have an entirely separate section for acoustic songs, and I thought I’d put in a request. It’s called “A New Day” by Michael Angelo Batio. I’d love to learn this song, but my ear is not able to pick out notes quite yet. Any help would be much appreciated.


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