How to Play Free Bird Guitar Solo- 7 Pentatonic Exercises


I’m assuming that if you play guitar, you probably have heard the solo from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird once or twice.  The solo is actually quite simplistic if you break it down a little.  It is based almost completely on a G minor pentatonic scale. I’m going to break down the solo a little bit here, and give you a couple of pentatonic exercises to practice that come directly from the solo. If you want some more pentatonic exercises, check out my other lesson on the subject. 

Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd

Shown below is a basis G minor Pentatonic scale, which is used almost exclusively in the solo, to get you warmed up:

e|--------------------------------15-18--|
B|--------------------------15-18--------|
G|--------------------15-17--------------|
D|--------------15-17--------------------|
A|--------15-17--------------------------|
E|--15-18--------------------------------|

Exercise 1

We’ll start with the first lick of the solo. Its not really an exercise but it’s a good lick for beginners to get under their fingers.

freebird1

Exercise 2

Now we’re getting into some really good pentatonic exercises. This one is a nice rapid-fire lick with a lot of bending.

freebird2

Exercise 3

A good pentatonic exercise to practice your pull-offs.

freebird3

Exercise 4

Another rapid-fire lick.

freebird4

Exercise 5

This one is not purely pentatonic (the A is not). Its a good exercise for pinky and ring finger strength, and also for pull-offs.

freebird5

Exercise 6

Yet another machine-gun type lick.

freebird6

Exercise 7

This one seems a little Hendrix-esque to me. He used stuff like this lick in a lot of his solos.

freebird7

You can get the whole solo tab here

That’s it for now. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at mdguitarteacher@gmail.com

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7 Responses

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  2. This really helped I learned it in about ten minutes.

  3. A great tutorial on one the greatest guitar solos ever!

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