I was recently reminiscing over my guitar starter days. That was at a time where VHS tapes were state-of-the-art, cassette players the customary media and CDs still something that was hardly affordable to regular mortals. So, had had to learn from books and watching other people play the guitar. Anyway, just as everybody else, I had to learn a few basic chords. After that, I learned things like how to play ‘This Land Is Your Land’ on guitar. Specifically, the ‘Woody Guthrie Guitar Chords’ version – I thought I’d mentioned that, because this song was and still is super popular and has been covered some many times by many different bands and solo artists.
So, here is the good news. You only need three super easy guitar chords for this song, namely A-Major, G-Major and D-Major. I’m assuming you know how to play these chords, but if not, then you have two options. First, you can check out my Guitar Chordbank. It’s a completely free chord-video library. You just click on the chord of your choice and in a short video, I will explain everything you need to know in order to play that chord. Secondly, you can hop over to the Beginners Guitar Course, where we cover these chords as well as many other things in more detail. Yes, it’s completely free, too.
Alright, here is a video tutorial in which I explain two different ways of how to play ‘This Land Is Your Land’ on guitar:
So, in the first part, we were using simple down strokes. If you are new to the guitar, start with that. After a while and once you are comfortable with the chord and the chord-changes, you can graduate to the next version. The chords will stay the same, all that’s changes is the strumming pattern, which is slightly more advanced. But still at a very basic level, so with a little bit of practice, you will learn that pattern – which also works for many other songs – in no time.
In addition to the video above, I thought I’d put a: ‘How to play This Land Is Your Land On Guitar – chords and lyrics’ worksheet together for you.
Okay, one last point. In the video I on purpose didn’t use a metronome. However, I do encourage you to use one in case you are struggling with keeping a steady beat. Start out slowly and then gradually increase the pace.
If you have any questions, just leave a comment below.