Remember When – Alan Jackson Guitar Lesson

For a long time I have wanted to do an Alan Jackson guitar lesson. There are a lot of Great Alan Jackson songs. But one of my favorite is Remember When by Alan Jackson. Today I’m going to show you how to play Remember When – Alan Jackson Guitar Lesson.

Remember When – Alan Jackson Guitar Lesson. This is what will be in the Remember When – Alan Jackson Guitar Lesson.

  1. Remember When Strumming Pattern
  2. Three Key Changes
  3. Chord Progression to Remember When
  4. Chords to Remember When
  5. Lyrics to Remember When
  6. Bonus Video Tutorial Remember When – Alan Jackson Guitar Lesson

If your ready to learn a great Country Ballad then grab your guitar and let’s get to it.

Chords to Remember When

The way the song goes. There are three sections that you are going to learn. First Chords to learn are G Em C and D. I will show the chord diagrams to the chords. If you need help reading chord diagrams. Take a look at this quick reference guide: How to read chord charts.

First Set of Chords are listed below.

What makes this song so cool. Other than it’s a Great Country Love Song. Is that there are a lot of chords. The song Changes keys 2 times. But because the chords that are played are all the same. Then it sounds the same. They are different chords, but they are all the same level in the degree or level of chords. The magic number is (1645).

Without getting too technical. the chords in the keys are the one chord. Then the 6 chord, 4 chord and 5 chord. In that order. So they work well together.

In the beginning the song is in the Key of G. Then after a few verses the song changes keys. And it moves to the key of C. Still playing the 1 chord, 6, 4, and 5 chord. In that order.

Then you play the 1, 6, 4, and 5 in the key of A. I know, I know, that sounds like a lot. But I am going to break it down so that it will be easy for you to learn it too. Don’t worry so much about the theory. Just know what group of chords you play. And you will be playing Remember When soon.

Let me show you the next set of chords. That you will need to play the song. C Am F and G chord diagram is below.

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In between the chords are some walk ups. Which I am going to show you everything. Everything you need to play this song. There are another set of chords. Then I can explain when each are played. Look below for the next set of Chord diagrams.

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Remember When Strumming Pattern

At the beginning of Remember when the chords are arpeggiated. Which simply means you play the individual strings in the chords. If you need to know how to arpeggiate chords. You can check out How to Arpeggiate chords.

But this can be a simple easy Country song. Where you strum the chords at a slow tempo. If you want to do that you can strum the chords like this:

Strumming Pattern is D D D U, D D DU, D D DU, D D DU. (Down Down Down Up). By the Way the song is in 4/4 timing. So you are always counting the beat to 4. Or in other wards there is a measure of 4 beats. Then it goes to the next measure of 4 beats; 1 2 3 4.

Picking the Intro Chords to Remember When 1 String at a Time

If you want to pick the strings one at a time. Here is what you can do. For example when playing the G chord. After setting up your fretting hand to make the G chord. Play the strings in this order. The thickest string is 6. Then it goes down from there. 6 5 4 3 2 1. One is the thinnest string. Play the G chord and pick these strings. 6 4 3 4.

Next move to the Em chord. And you want to pick strings. After fretting the Em chord. Pick these strings 6 4 3 4. If you are not used to picking chords. Take your time and practice one chord. Before you go to the next chord. In this case it should be easier. As the strings to be picked are the same.

Next chord is the C chord. The strings to be played are the 5 3 2 3. After that the D chord is played. Once your fretting the D chord. Play these strings in order. 432, 123.

Then you can just strum the chords. When the song picks up tempo.

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Remember When Chord Progression

The intro to Remember When is played with these 4 chords. G Em C and D. You play these chords two times through. The second time through you play the D for two measures.

If you are playing it by yourself. You can always add the bass notes in there. So you start with the G chord and you pick the bass note. Then strum the G chord. Then Pick the Bass of the G again. Which is at the 3rd fret of the 6th string. So just pick the 6th string and strum the G chord.

Then Pick the 6th string and go to the Em chord. Pick the E string. The 6th string and then strum the Em chord. Picking the 6th string again. And moving to the next chord in the progression. Which is the C chord. Pick the bass of the C chord. Which is the C on the A string. Your finger is already fretting it. Just pick the A string. The 5th string.

Play the A again and move to the D chord. Which is the next chord in the progression. Pick the open D string. Which is the Bass note of the D chord. And the 4th string. Then strum the D chord.

That is another way to play the intro and verses.

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After playing the chord progression two times through. Then the first verse begins. You play the same four chords G Em C and D. 4 times through. Next is the second verse. It is played 4 times through.

After that verse 3 begins. Your still playing G Em C and D. This time you play it 3 times through. And then you play G C G and there is a walk up.


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The walk up goes like this: Pick the third fret of the E string. The 6th string. Pick it again and play the open A string. Which is the 5th string. Then Play the second fret of the A string. The B note. and end on the third fret of the A string. Which is the C. But at the same time you are going to make the C chord. Strum the C chord.

Keeping with the beat. Now there is a key change. This is where the second set of chords come into play. (Pun intended)

Next pick the open A string and play the next chord. Which is the Am chord. The next chord is the F chord. If you are picking the bass notes you pick the A string and move to the F chord. There are several ways to play the F chord. If you need tips to play the F to make it easier for you. Check out this lesson 5 ways to play the F chord.

If your good with it. Look at how I play the f in this song.

Look at how to place your fingers to play the F chord.

  • Place your first finger on the first 2 strings, At the first fret. (E & B strings).
  • Then your second finger is on the 3rd string. The G string at the 2nd fret.
  • Your third finger is at the 3rd fret. On the D string. The 4th string.
  • Only play the first 4 strings.

To play the bass note. Play the G string. after positioning your fingers to play the F chord. And strum the chord. Next chord is the G chord. Then back to the C.

You are going to play this progression 4 times through. Then there is another key change. Now you are going to play the C chord two times. Then the Asus Chord and the A chord. Which starts the new set of chords and progression. Here is the chord diagram for the Asus chord.

The easiest way to play the chord. Is to place your fingers as if you were going to play the A chord. Then Place your pinkie at the 3rd fret of the G string.

  • Place Your first finger on the 4th string. The D string. At the second fret.
  • Your second finger is on the 3rd string. Which is the G string. Also at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the B string. At the second fret. This is the 2nd string.
  • When strumming don’t play the 6th strings.
  • Play the 3rd fret of the B string with your pinkie.

Then you will be ready to play the A chord. After that you are going to play these chords A F#m D and E. Remember to pick the bass notes too. It adds to the song. It’s totally up to you though if you want to just strum. That’s okay too.

Now we are playing in the Key of A. The chords are A F#m D and E. Your going to play this chord progression 8 times through. Then there is a pause. After that play the same 4 chords. 7 more times through the progression. And then the very last chord and ending. You just strum the A chord. Strumming the A chord down one time.

Really like I said earlier. There are a lot of chords in the song. But if you learn each section. Then go on to the next part. Before you know it you will be playing Remember When by Alan Jackson. Once you learn that maybe you will need the lyrics to the song. That is shown below. If you need help learning how to play guitar and sing at the same time click for that lesson.

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Remember When Lyrics

Remember When, I was Young and so were you
And time stood still and love was all we knew
You were the first, so was I. We Made Love and then You cried.
Remember When.

Remember When, we vowed the vows and walked the walk
Gave our hearts, made the start, and it was hard
We lived and learned. life through curves. 
There was joy and there was hurt. Remember when.

Remember When, Old ones died and new were born. 
Life was changed, disassembled, rearranged.
We came together fell apart. We broke each others hearts. 
Remember when.

Remember when, the sound of little feet was the music
We dance to week to week. Brought back the love we found trust,
Vowed we'd never give it up. Remember when.

Remember when, 30 seemed so old. Now looking back, 
it's just a stepping stone to where we are, where we've been.
Said we'd do it all again. Remember when.

Remember when, we said when we turn gray. When the children
grow up and move away. We wont be sad, we'll be glad for all 
the life we've had. And we'll Remember When.
Remember When, Remember When.


Related Questions

Who Wrote Remember When?

Remember when was recorded by Alan Jackson. Who also wrote the song Remember when. It was released in 2003 a single off the album “Greatest Hits Volume 2”. Remember one made it all the way up the charts to number one in 2004. The song is all about Alan Jackson looking back at his life with his first wife. The song is all about starting his life with his wife. Starting a family. Remembering raising their kids. And how they will remember when after the kids are grown. Source

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What Country Singer Sings Remember When?

The American Singer, Song Writer. And Country Music Star Alan Jackson. Wrote the Song Remember When. It soon after became a number one hit. This was in the year 2004. After the song was released in 2003.

Thanks for stopping by . If you enjoyed this lesson. You might also like some other Country songs on guitar.

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