Here's a guitar lesson for one of my favorite songs, Old Man by Neil Young. This is not how he plays it, the chords are my own, but it's close enough!

This song focuses on using open notes within the chords to fill out a progression. It also lets you practice adding a bass line by striking single notes on the 4th, 5th, and 6th strings as you play the chords.

TIP: Don't get too caught up in playing a song exactly how you've heard it. Experiment with the chords and the rhythm. By pushing the bounds of what you know, experimenting, you'll actually find the basics come more easily.





Old Man
by Neil Young

AM7sus4 D
Old man look at my life, I'm a lot like you were (x2)

D F
Old man look at my life

C G
Twenty-four and there's so much more

D F
Live alone in a paradise

C F
That makes me think of two

D F
Love lost, such a cost,

C G
Give me things that don't get lost.

D C
Like a coin that won't get tossed

F G
Rollin' home to you.


D Am7 Em Em7

D Am7 Em Em7
Old man take a look at my life I'm a lot like you

D Am7 Em Em7
I need someone to love me the whole day through

D Am7 Em Em7
Oh, one look in my eyes and you can tell that's true.

Lullabies, look in your eyes,
Run around the same old town.
Doesn't mean that much to me
To mean that much to you
I've been first and last
Look at how the time goes past.
But I'm all alone at last.
Rolling home to you.

Old man look at my life, I'm a lot like you were (x2)