The first time I heard this song. Dolly Parton and George Jones sang a duet. Then I heard Bosephus sing it. After that I realized that Alan Jackson was singing The Blues Man also. This is when I decided this would be a good guitar lesson. How to play The Blues Man.
How to Play The Blues Man:
- Chords to The Blues Man
- Strumming pattern to The Blues Man
- The Blues Man chord progression
- Bonus Video Tutorial
If this sounds like a fun song you would like to learn. Then grab your guitar, and let me teach you how to play The Blues Man.
Chords to The Blues Man
There are 4 chords in the song. And they are G C Am and D. I will show you the chord diagrams. This way you will know how to fret the chords. If you need help with chord charts then take a look at how to read chord charts.
Playing the G chord in the open Position
There are several ways to play the G chord. Try them to see which is most comfortable and go for it. The first G chord is played like this.
- Place Your first finger at the second fret of the A string. Which is the 5th string.
- Put your second finger at the third fret on the E string. The 6th string.
- Your Third Finger is at the third fret. On the B string.
- Then place your pinkie on the third fret of the high E string. The 1st string.
- When strumming the G chord you can play all the strings.
Here’s how I play the G chord.
- Second finger on the 5th string, at the second fret.
- Third finger on the 6th string, at the third fret.
- Pinkie on the high E string, 1st string, at the third fret.
- Strum all the strings.
Then the third way to play the G chord is like this.
- First finger on the 5th string, at the second fret.
- Second finger on the 6th string, at the third fret.
- Third finger on the high E string, 1st string, at the third fret.
- Strum all the strings.
Each way is correct. But one will be easier for you. Try them all.
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Finger Position When Fretting the C chord
- Place your first finger on the B string, at the first fret. (2nd string).
- Your second finger is on the D string. 4th string, at the second fret.
- Then your third finger is on the 5th string. At the third fret. Which is the A string.
- When Strumming the C chord. You can strum all the strings.
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Am Finger Position
- Place your first finger on the 2nd string. The B String, at the 1st fret.
- Put your second finger on the 4th string, (D string) at the second fret.
- Then your third finger is on the G string, (3rd string) at the second fret.
- Strum from the fourth string down.
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Playing the D Chord Open Position
- Place your finger on the 3rd string. The G string. At the second fret.
- Put your second finger on the 1st string. (E string). Also on the second fret.
- Then your third finger is on the 2nd string. (B string). On the third fret.
- Strum from the 4th string down. Don’t play the 5th or 6th string.
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The Blues Man Strumming Pattern
Intro – arpeggiate the chords. To learn more about arpeggios click here for Arpeggiated Chords Guitar Lesson. I play it like this. After positioning your fingers to play the G chord. I pick the strings 6 4 3 2, and 1.
Then going to the Am. Play the 6th string at the 3rd fret. Open A string. Play the A string. Fretting the second fret. And then the third fret. Then the open A string again. Arpeggiate the Am chord. Strings 4 3 2. Place your pinkie on the third fret of the 1st string. Pick that. So you are playing strings 4 3 2 1.
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Back on the A string. Starting at the second fret. Pick the A string and slide up to the third fret. Then slide back to the second fret. Then pick the A string again. Play the open A string. Ending this lick on the third fret of the 6th string. Picking the E string.
Next play the open D string. Which is the 4th string. Placing your fingers to play the D chord. After picking the Open D string. Pick strings 3 2 1. Then you play that little slide again.
Which is Starting at the second fret. Pick the A string and slide up to the third fret. Then slide back to the second fret. Then pick the A string again. Play the open A string. Ending this lick on the third fret of the 6th string. Picking the E string.
Then you strum the D C and G chord. Just strum down one time and move to the next chord.
The strumming Pattern is: DDUUDU DU D DUUDU DU D DUUDU DUD DDUUDU
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The Blues Man chord progression
The chord progression goes like this.
Intro starts with G you could slowly strum down slow. This song is played at a slow tempo. If you want to play individual strings you could. The intro goes G Am D G , D C G
The Verse Begins and you play the G G C, D G G G C D D G G G C, D G G, G C D D.
Chorus is G G G Am Am D D G , G G G Am Am D D G C C . There is a little interlude with a solo in it. That goes like this. On the High E string. The first string play the the 5th fret. Picking it three times. then it goes to the third fret.
Then it goes back to the 5th fret. This time on the B string. Picking it again one time and then pick the third fret on the B string. Ending with picking the third fret on the B string 2 times. The second string.
And then back to the G chord.G C, D G G G C D D G G G C, D G G, G C D D.
Outro – GG Am Am D D G.
The Blues man Chords Sheet With Lyrics
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The Blues Man Lyrics Hank Williams
I'm just a singer. A natural born guitar ringer. Kind of a clinger. To sad old songs. I'm not a walk behinder. I'm a new note finder. But my names a reminder, Of a blues man that's already gone So I started drinking. Took things that messed up my thinking. I was sure sinking, when you came along. I was alone in the hot lights. Not to much left inside. But she changed all that one night. When she sang me this song. Hey baby I love you. Hey baby I need you. Hey baby you ain't got to prove to me your some kinda macho man. You wasted so much of your life. Running through the dark nights. Let me shine some love light down on this blues man. I got so sick from speeding. All the stuff they said I was needing. If I was to keep pleasing, all of my fans. I got cuffed on a dirt road. I got sued over no shows. But you came and took all that old load, down off this blues man. Hey Baby I love you too. Hey baby I need you. Hey baby I do get tired, of this travelling band. I'm thirty years old now. Nights would be cold now. If you hadn't stuck it out, with this blues man. I'm thirty years old now. nights sure would be cold now. If you hadn't hung around with this blues man. Source
Family Tradition Chords
Family Tradition is another great Hank Williams jr. song. There are three easy chords that are in the song. The chords are E A and B. The song has a Country bass line picking. Where you pick the bass note and strum the chords.
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