Hey everyone! In today’s lesson I’m going to teach you all how to play, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” It was originally written in 1976 by Ed Bruce, and was covered a couple years later by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
If you need more help with this one, take a look at these resources:
Free eBook, covering all the basics of rhythm guitar – https://goodguitarist.com/learn-rhythm-guitar
Complete Beginner Course: https://goodguitarist.com/beginner-guitar-course
The lesson begins with the chord shapes. D, G and A. We go through them, I show you some switching strategies, and then we move on and play them in order, using downstrokes only.
After that, we talk about the form (chord order). This one is tricky… it’s not just “4 of this – 4 of that” – it’s actually pretty tough to keep track of where you are. To help you with that, I wrote out a simple chord chart that I want you to copy down. By writing it down yourself, it’ll help you remember the chord order much better.
Next up, we learn the strumming pattern. This one is in 3/4 time, which I am really happy about because there aren’t many simple tunes like this that are in 3/4 time (most songs are 4/4).
After putting the strumming and chords together, we take a look at the 2nd half of the song. it’s the same tune, but everything is keyed up a whole step. The D G A chord progression becomes E A B.
We work out these new chords and then practice them with the strumming pattern.
Finally, we look at a technique called “alternating bass” that makes our basic strumming pattern really come alive.
I hope you enjoy the lesson and I’ll see you soon!