Fingerstyle Lesson: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd are deceptive; they seem simple when first learning the rhythm guitar parts, but they have layers like an onion. And, like an onion, they often make folks cry as they work through them! “Simple Man” is a basic three-chord song with a monotonously repetitive chord progression. Much like it’s more famous brother, “Sweet Home Alabama,” the song never strays from the chord progression throughout the song. The same three chords are played for verses and choruses. However, this simplicity makes “Simple Man” a wonderful song for learning the basics of fingerstyle.

“Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd fake sheet (Google Docs format)