If you want to learn an easy song on your acoustic guitar. Then you are in the right place. Today’s Easy Guitar Lesson is Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker Chords. I did a Video Tutorial to go along with it from my YourGuitarGuide YouTube Channel.

Look at What is covered in this Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker Chords Easy Guitar Lesson.

  1. Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker Chords
  2. The Wagon Wheel Strum Pattern
  3. Chord Progression
  4. 2 Bonuses – 1 Wagon Wheel Chords Printable &
  5. Bonus 2 Wagon Wheel Video Tutorial

Ready to learn this fun song? Then grab your guitar and I will teach you how to play Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker.

Wagon Wheel Chords

The Chords in the song are Chords G D Em C. If your not familiar with these chords. No problem that’s why I made the chord diagrams to help you. Oh and if you need help reading a chord diagram look at this quick resource How to read Chords.

Playing the G Chord Finger Position

  • 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.

That is one way to play the G chord. There are several different ways. All are correct. Try each one and see what suites you best. And go with it. Here is 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.

Another Way to Play the G Chord Finger Position

  • 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.

Finger Position of the D Chord

  • 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.

How to play the E minor (Em)

  • Your second finger is placed on the 5th string. At the second fret.
  • Put your third finger on the 4th string. Also at the second fret.
  • When strumming the Em chord you can play all the strings.

C Chord Finger Position

  • 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.

If you need help with Chords how to change between the chords and the secrets to playing bar chords. That will make things so much easier. Take a look at this complete Guitar Course.

Wagon Wheel Strum Pattern

The Strumming Pattern for Wagon Wheel goes like this. D D U D U. Which is Down Down Up Down Up. This is in a fairly fast tempo. But the good news is you can make it your own, and slow it down. Then once you get it perfected if you want you can speed the tempo up. Or Not!

Wagon Wheel Chords Printable


Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker Chord Progression

The song goes like this. First remember there is a Capo on the second fret. Which allows you to play open chords. If you want a real good look how and when you want to use a capo. Then take a look at this article on whats the use of a guitar capo.

The timing is 4/4 time. Which Means 4 beats to a measure of music. One measure of the G. Then a measure of D. The chord progression goes to the Em. There you play one measure of the Em. Move to the next chord which is C, and play a measure of C. You repeat this again.

Then play the G and D. Then the verse begins. Which is G D Em C, G D C, 2 times. Then the chorus chords are G D Em C G D C, G D Em C G D C .

Instrumental chords – G D Em C G D C After the instrumental there is a verse. Then another chorus. Another Instrumental Verse and Chorus.

  • Intro – G D Em C G D C (X2).
  • Verse – G D Em C G D C, G D Em C G D C.
  • Chorus – G D Em C G D C, G D Em C G D C
  • Instrumental – G D Em C G D C.
  • verse 2
  • chorus
  • Instrumental
  • verse 3
  • verse 4
  • chorus

Related Quetions

Wagon Wheel Chords No Capo

A capo allows you to play open chords. But with no capo the chords are A E F#m D A E. The chord progression is this:

  • Intro- F#m D A E D
  • Verse- A E F#m D, A E D A E, F#m D A E D
  • Chorus- A E D A E, F#m D A E D
  • Instrumental A E F#m, D A E D
  • 2nd Verse- A E F#m D, A E D A E, F#m D A E D
  • Chorus- A E F#m D A E D, A E F#m D A E D
  • Instrumental A E F#m, D A E D
  • Verse A E F#m D, A E D A E, F#m D A E D
  • Verse & Chorus

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Wagon Wheel Chord PDF