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.
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Simple Man Guitar Lesson - Shinedown