Simple Man Guitar Lesson Acoustic – Shinedown – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Today's lesson is going to cover the acoustic version of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" as played by Shinedown.

This acoustic version of Simple Man has some nice arpeggiated picking used throughout the verse. That picking uses a basic pattern that is repeated lot so it shouldn't take you very long to get a good grasp of the song.

The chords are very simple and pretty much stay the same through both the verse and chorus.

This Simple Man guitar lesson will show you how to play every section of the song note-for-note including the little lead fills added throughout the song.

Keep in mind that as I mention in the video lesson, I am basing this lesson off of the acoustic live version you will see Shinedown do. There are many recordings and YouTube videos showing them performing this version of Simple Man live.

When this lesson was originally requested it was for me to demonstrate this live version. I usually stick with the original studio recorded versions of songs for my lessons, but after listening to Shinedown's live version I agreed that the live guitar parts were much more interesting.

In any case, this lesson should get you playing this nice acoustic ballad in no time.

Enjoy! Carl..

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Simple Man Guitar Lesson - Shinedown


  1. Ryan W on June 17, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks Carl! A different version to a popular song, the other versions can be found all over the web, but this version is the most interesting to play on the acoustic. Why is everyone not a member here, Carl listens to his members requests and is the best teacher out there online.

    • Carl Brown on June 18, 2014 at 7:24 am

      Hey Ryan, really glad you enjoyed the lesson and thanks for the kind comment as well. 🙂

      I enjoyed doing your request, it is definitely a cool version of the song that I think a lot of people would like to learn. 🙂


    • Dan on January 29, 2017 at 9:38 am

      DITTO! I have such a connection with this song and many more that Carl chooses to share with us! Thanks Carl for being there to help me reconnect with one of my almost lost (but no longer!) passions (guitar),, and your being such a great teacher!
      Signed, Loyal Member Dan!

  2. tony on October 6, 2014 at 3:41 am

    I to enjoyed the lesson …hope you could help me with the song suite madam blue..please.

  3. david flint on December 5, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    This is an amazing cover of this great song! I learned the original back in 1978 because from the first time I heard it I was hooked. Thank you for this version Carl. You have great taste. I also would like to see a Styx song or two.

  4. Dean Marquez on October 3, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing the lesson on how to play this song.
    Where can I get the tab for this song?

    I’ve seen others on the Internet but don’t agree with them .


  5. Rob Schaller on April 27, 2020 at 6:22 am

    Carl, any chance you would do Shinedowns tune Monster?

  6. Tyler Cobb on February 8, 2022 at 9:07 am

    I love it so much!! all the other teachers don’t teach the rifts and only teach the chords so this ill be fun and challenging to impress people when played..

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