How to Play Grandpa by The Judds on Guitar(Lesson)

This is a free guitar lesson on the song Grandpa by The Judds. In this lesson I will cover how to play Grandpa by The Judds on guitar. 

  1. In depth coverage of how to play Grandpa by The Judds on guitar.
  2. How to play the intro to Grandpa. 
  3. Free Tab
  4. Chords to how to play Grandpa by The Judds on guitar.
  5. Rhythm to Grandpa by The Judds.
  6. 2 Bonus Videos how to play Grandpa.

A good place for this guitar lesson to start is with that great intro of the song. This is the part prior to the singing. It is fun to play on your guitar. Lets start there.

How to Play the Intro to Grandpa 

The song is in the key of E so we need to look at the notes in that key. I will explain exactly how I play the intro to Grandpa. Get your guitar and give it a try.

First place your 2nd finger on the G string. Which is the 3rd string. Your 3rd finger, place it on the high E string. Which is the first string. The thinnest string on the guitar. Both fingers are at the second fret.

Use your thumb and first fingers to pick the strings. Your thumb on the 3rd string. Use your first finger on the first string. You could also use a pick, and do some hybrid picking. For this lesson I will explain it with the use of your fingers.

Now your fingers are in place. your going to slide to the 4th fret. First pick the 3rd string. Then slide up to the 4th fret. Then using your first finger pick the 1st string. Pick the 3rd string again and slide back to the second fret. Once at the 2nd fret. Pick the 1st string again, open.

Place your 3rd finger at the 2nd fret on the first string. Play the first string. Next use your second finger at the 2nd fret 2nd string, and Pick the 2nd string. Then the open E string. Here is a link to the Tab to make this easier for you.

Notes in the Intro

Those notes are played in that progression two times. Then on the 3rd time. Slide up on the G string to the fourth fret. Like before, pick the G string, slide to the fourth fret. Pick the high E string at the 4th fret.

Then slide back to the 2nd fret. Open E string, and then toggle back and fourth between the G string and the E string.

What Notes to Pick for the Intro

So you slide back down pick the high e. Then the third string, then e string and 3rd string again. Here it is all at once.

  • First pick the G slide to 4th fret, pick the e string once you get there.
  • Slide from the G string 4th fret back to the 2nd fret, pick the open E string.
  • Then pick the first string, 2nd fret. Pick the 3rd string 2nd fret. Pick the 1st string, and 3rd string.Then first string.
  • Then slide back up to the 4th fret. Pick the first string at the 4th fret. Pick the G string, and slide back to the 2nd fret. The open E string.

After all that there is a walk down to to the E chord. It goes like this. Play the notes on the 4th fret 3rd string. 2nd fret 3rd string. Then play the notes on the 4th string. At the 4th fret. On the same string, at the 2nd fret. Play the E note. Play the same notes again.

So on the fourth string play the 4th fret, and the 2nd fret. Next it goes to the 5th string. Play the 4th fret. Open E string. This time the low E or 6th string.

Then the verse starts. This may take some time to get used to playing the intro. Slow it down take it a little at a time. Because once you get it, you will find it is so much fun to play.


What’s the Chords to Grandpa by The Judds?

The chords are three easy first position chords. The song is in the key of E. The root is E. I will show you how to make the chords in the song. By using chord charts. If you need help with how to read a chord chart here is the link.

The first chord is the E Major here is how to place your fingers for the E chord:

  • First finger is on the first fret of the G string. Which is the third string.
  • Second finger is on the second fret of the fifth string. The A string.
  • Third finger is on the D string, at the second fret.
  • On the E string you can play all the strings when you strum.

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The next chord in the song is the A Major chord. Here is the finger position of the A Major Chord: Notice all the fingers are on the 2nd fret.

  • First finger is on the 4th string, at the second fret.
  • Second finger is on the 3rd string, at the second fret.
  • Third finger is on the 2nd string, at the third fret.
  • On the A chord you do not strum the 6th string.

B Chord Finger Position

Next chord is the B chord; B Major Chord. Here is how we are going to play it.

  • Using Your First finger place it on the 5th string, at the 2nd fret.
  • Place your third finger across strings 4, 3, and 2. Like a bar.
  • Do not play the 6th string.

When you play these chords make sure you are playing directly behind the fret. Also that you are playing on the tips of your fingers. To learn more about fretting hand technique and picking. Here is a link to 10 things every beginner guitar player needs to know.


Strumming Pattern for Grandpa By the Judds

The strumming pattern is D D U U D U,  D D U U D U . Down Down Up Up Down Up, Down Down Up Up Down Up.

The chord progression for the verse is E A E B  E A E B. Here is the chord progression for the Chorus: A E B E A E B E. Then there is that slide that we learned for the intro.

To really get a grasp of the song and the strumming here is the YouTube Video How to play Grandpa By the Judds. 


Related Questions

How to Play Grandpa By The Judds Guitar Lesson Lyrics

Grandpa, tell me ’bout the good ole’ days

Sometimes it feels like this worlds gone crazy

Grandpa, take me back to yesterday

when the line between right and wrong

didn’t seem so hazy

Chorus

Did lovers really fall in love to stay?

Stand beside each other come what may

Was a promise really something people kept

Not just something they would say

Did family’s really bow there heads to pray?

Did Daddy’s really never go away?

Oh, Grandpa tell me bout’ the good ole’ days

Verse

Grandpa, everything is changing fast

we call it progress, but I just don’t know

And Grandpa, lets wander back into the past

and paint me a picture of long ago

Chorus

Did lovers really fall in love to stay?

Stand beside each other come what may

Was a promise really something people kept

Not just something they would say

Did family’s really bow there heads to pray?

Did Daddy’s really never go away?

Oh, Grandpa tell me bout’ the good ole’ days

Verse

Grandpa everything is changing fast

we call it progress, but I just don’t know

and Grandpa, lets wander back into the past

And paint me a picture of long ago

Chorus

Did lovers really fall in love to stay?

Stand beside each other come what may

Was a promise really something people kept

Not just something they would say

Did family’s really bow there heads to pray?

Did Daddy’s really never go away?

Oh, Grandpa tell me bout’ the good ole’ days

oh oh Grandpa, tell me bout’ the good ole’ days

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