Free Bird Guitar Lesson – Lynyrd Skynyrd

In this guitar lesson series I will show you note-for-note how to play the chords and solos found in "Free Bird" by the great southern rock titans Lynyrd Skynyrd.

This Free Bird guitar lesson series is one of the most requested in the history of GuitarLessons365. So in order to do the song justice, it will require quite a few videos.

In the first video lesson I will show you how to play all the chords to this great song. The chord progression alone is instantly recognizable. Simply watching this lesson will enable you to play along with the whole song.

Starting in the second video lesson we will begin our look at the epic guitar solo. As great as this solo is, it is also very long so it will probably take some time to get the whole thing down. However, the entire solo is full of great guitar licks that are not only very musical, but also make great technique exercises when isolated and repeated.

Throughout the guitar solo lessons I will take you note-for-note through these licks and give you some tips on how to play them as well.

If you can finally make it through the whole solo you can definitely pat yourself on the back. It will be quite the accomplishment.

In the last video I will go back and check out those slide guitar parts that are heard throughout most of the first half of the song.

For these slide parts I will give you a good overview of what is going on but won't exactly go note-for-note through every slide lick. In reality, a lot of the slide parts are very similar and once you know the basic part, you can easily follow along with the rest of them. Oh and the guitar that you play the slide part on will need to be tuned to E A D G G E. All the other guitars are in standard tuning.  Good Luck!


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Free Bird Guitar Lesson - Chords

Free Bird Guitar Lesson - Solo Part 1

Free Bird Guitar Lesson - Solo Part 2

Free Bird Guitar Lesson - Solo Part 3

Free Bird Guitar Lesson - Slide Solo


  1. Paul Rimmer on July 31, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Hi Carl,

    Excellent lessons, this is a song I’ve always wanted to learn. However, as I’ve never been a ‘shredder’ I’m struggling with some of the fast parts, can you recommend any exercises to increase my speed?

    Many thanks


    • Carl Brown on July 31, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Hey Paul, thanks for watching my lessons.

      In my opinion, speed bursts are the number one speed building tool. You can use them to practice pretty much any technique or difficult lick.

      Check out my lesson on how to practice using speed bursts here:

      Good Luck!


      • Paul Rimmer on August 2, 2015 at 5:33 pm

        That’s great thank you, I’ll give it a go.

      • Thomas on March 12, 2021 at 8:19 pm

        Can confirm, Carl’s lesson on speed bursts is probably the number one speed building tool I’ve used to date, outside of using actual speed.

  2. parsa siroos on August 12, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Please Do One For David Gilmour’s On An Island

  3. anthony hardin on August 24, 2015 at 9:02 am Here’s a link to my first try at the solo. I’ve never played with a band so timing is off and the bends are flat in places but I have it a shot! One of my favorite solos. I will practice and try to make a better recording I was just going for it as you say. Lol thanks for the lessons

  4. Ronan O'Brien on October 9, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Awesome. You’re the best out there Carl

  5. Jim P on November 28, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Ah, video posted precisely on my birthday, that surely means I should get on it. So far I did 3 first licks, long way ahead of me, but I must say, lesson is great. The pace is not too slow, so you don’t have to skip licks and not too fast, so you understand what’s going on. Great stuff. Too bad you can’t provide tabs, as it would help memorizing, but maybe that’s even better for the understanding of the song.

  6. Alan on April 18, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    I’m a big fan. Any chance you can share your amp settings. Would love to be able to replicate your sound. Thanks!

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