Hey everyone! In this lesson we’re going to show you 2 ways to play “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show (and it also works for the Darius Rucker version). We’re going to show you how to play it with a capo (which allows us to use VERY EASY chord shapes) and then without a capo (which requires 1 barre chord and 3 easy chord shapes).
Throughout the lesson I mention our free eBook that covers all the fundamentals of rhythm guitar, so if you need any help with the basics or want to build a solid foundation you can find it here – https://goodguitarist.com/learn-rhythm-guitar/
Also, if you want help playing the F#m barre chord, I have a mini-series covering exactly how to play barre chords in an easy way – https://goodguitarist.com/basic-barre-chords/
We start the lesson by showing you how to play the song without a capo. This requires us to know the following chords: A, E, F#m, D. A, E and D are all simple, basic chords, but F#m might take a little work. We practice switching between all the chords, doing downstrokes only so we can focus on the shapes, and then we learn the strumming pattern used on this song. We then play it together, nice and slow, and that’s it! This is a pretty simple “4 chord wonder.”
Next, we repeat the same lesson, but with a Capo on the 2nd fret. This allows us to use G, D, Em, C instead. These are all simple, basic chords, and this is a much, much easier way to play the song (that still sounds exactly the same as the no-capo version). We work out the shapes, focus on some tips to make switching easier, add a strumming pattern and practice it all together. Nice and simple!
I hope you enjoy the lesson – no matter what your ability level is, you will certainly be able to play this song one way or the other. Enjoy!
Wagon Wheel (Capo 2/Easy Version) Chords:
Wagon Wheel (No Capo) Chords: