How to play Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Simple man by Lynyrd Skynyrd is a classic song. Great melody and lyrics from one of the most popular bands of the 70s.

The chord progression is very easy in this song, just three chords: C G Am (click this LINK if  you would like to learn the strumming version of this song).

Song structure:
Verse/Chorus: C / G / Am / Am

What makes this song very interesting is the way we play these chords. Over the C major chord we will play the following arpeggio:

Over G the arpeggio is very similar – the same pattern but this time, starting from the 6th string (we have brought everything up by one string):

The A minor chord is played twice. The first time we will play exactly the same arpeggio as we played over C:

For the second time, we will slightly change the ending:

Here are all of the elements connected together:


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