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Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd SkynyrdLearn to Play Sweet Home Alabama Riff

Below is the actual guitar tab of that famous Lynyrd Skynyrd song. You can read it and try finding the notes on your guitar. You probably know the timings and rhythm of the song, so the image tab is probably enough. If you feel that you need ‘audio’ help as well, you can click the image to bring you to Songterr website. It’s free but you have an option to sign up for a cheap monthly fee. The link is an affiliate link and I may get paid a small commission. Thank you in advance.

How to play “Sweet Home Alabama”

On the video above you will learn how to play Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most famous song – Sweet Home Alabama. Also shown above is the guitar tab courtesy of


Apparently, the band and Neil Young have had a good-natured rivalry. One of the verses is an attack on Neil Young: “I hope Neil Young will remember a southern man don’t need him around anyhow.” Young had written songs like “Southern Man” and “Alabama,” which implied that people in the Southern US were racist and stuck in the past.

Skynyrd responded with this, a song about Southern pride and all the good things in Alabama. They were actually big fans of each other.

Sweet Home Alabama
Lynyrd Skynyrd

Chord Guide:
D:  xx0232     G:320003    C:x32010

Strum Guide:
|D         C       | |G                |
1  2  +  3  4  +  1  2  3  4  +
D D U  D D U  D D D  D U

More Advanced:
1  2  +  a  3  4  +  a  1 + 2 + 3 +  4 +
D D D  U  D D D U    U   U    U D U

|D    C|                   G
Big wheels keep on turning
|D             C|                   G
Carry me home to see my kin
|D          C|                    G
Singing songs about the south land
|D            C|                  G
I miss Alabama Once Again and i think its a sin.

|D                      C|                     G
Well I heard Mr. Young sing about her
|D                    C|                G
Well I heard old Neil put her down
|D                       C|                   G
Well I hope Neil Young will remember
|D               C|                           G
A southern man don’t need him around, anyhow.

|D↓↓     C↓↓|   G         |D↓↓       C↓↓|           G
Sweet home Alabama, where the skies are so blue
|D↓↓     C↓↓|   G         |D↓↓         C↓↓|           G
Sweet home Alabama, lord I’m coming home to you.

In Birmingham they loved the governor, (ooh ooh ooh)
Now we all did what we could do
Now water gate doesn’t bother me
Does you conscience bother you, (now tell the truth!)

Sweet home Alabama, where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama, lord I’m coming home to you. Here I come

More Info About The Song:

Know How to Play Sweet Home Alabama By Lynyrd Skynyrd

The Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd is a popular number for the band, which rose to fame with this unique composition. The song shares a strong bond and is more of a response to the Southern Man composed by Neil Young.

Throughout the years, the song continues to be a crowd favorite. And, to openly claim that they are competing with the other composition, producer of the Sweet Home Alabama can be heard singing Southern Man in the left channel purposefully. It is enjoyable composition and tune that helped the group achieve worldwide fame.

The Chords to Play Sweet Home Alabama

The main chords used to play Sweet Alabama begins with a C continues with C Root5 (power), D , D Root5 (power), F6, G and ends with G Root6 (power). The step by step by splitting of the chord allows new learners and aspiring guitarists to easily understand the composition.

What Makes Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd an excellent composition?

  • The song is easy to associate oneself with and the riff is readily recognizable.
  • Some of the greatest and most soothing guitar solos accompanies the song.
  • The song is a crowd pleaser and ideally suits the taste of people of all age groups.

Why Sweet Home Alabama is classified as Medium and great to learn?

The song being a crowd puller can easily impress a large group of people when played in public. It has excellent guitar solos which brings out the best from the guitarist. One can add this popular number to their collection of known compositions and it has the smooth chord progressions. A simple step by step version will simlpify your learning process. The challenging solos and multiple chords makes it fall under the medium difficulty category.

A Brief Overview About Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

The American Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd was originally formed in 1964 but it was their second composition Sweet Home Alabama that shot them to fame. The group is based out of Jacksonville in Florida and they are quite popular among young audience in Southern USA.

When the song came out, the band gained worldwide recognition. Their success didn’t last when three of the members died, in an airplane crash. Lynyrd Skynyrd was re-organized in 1987 and as of now, Gary Rossington is the only original member still alive. In 2006, the band was instigated into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame.

The Album That Has Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Ed King, the guitarist in the band was the person who conceived the song Sweet Home Alabama. The phrase ‘turn it up’ which was actually mentioned by Ronnie Van Zant to the producer while recording was included and became a cult hit.

The song belongs to the album Second Helping released in 1974. The featured song can be easily learnt in the multi-step chord guide.

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