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Few guitar solos have captivated the world like the opening solo to Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Free Bird.”
The guitar solo played such an important role in shaping the song, which has gone on to become the group’s most iconic piece.
Countless guitarists, professional and aspiring, have attempted to tackle the “Free Bird” solo themselves. In fact, you could argue that “Free Bird” is one of the most-desired songs for guitarists to learn.
There are countless tutorials out there on the internet for those who want to become an expert at “Free Bird.”
With the Christmas season in full swing, playing the opening solo to Skynyrd’s legendary tune is the perfect way to impress your family and friends.
Since Santa Claus knows everything, he also knows how many people want to learn “Free Bird” before Christmas this year. That’s why he kindly took the time out of his busy schedule in 2007 to give us the best Christmas present ever…a personalized “Free Bird” guitar lesson.
Dressed in his signature red velvet coat with white trim, Santa sat down with his favorite electric guitar and broke down the “Free Bird” solo bit by bit.
The first thing he made sure to emphasize is that it “takes practice” for anyone to learn how to play “Free Bird” well. But if you follow his lesson exactly, you’re sure to be shredding like him in no time!
As the camera zooms in on Santa’s gloved hands, he narrates the exact notes he plays so you can easily follow along. He also breaks down how to play the lead slide part, which is a little more complicated. But Santa makes it look like a walk through a winter wonderland!
Santa always brings great gifts to people, and his “Free Bird” lesson is the perfect gift for any guitarist out there! Go ahead and check it out in the video below.
Merry Christmas to everyone in Skynyrd Nation!