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I’ll Fly Away in the Style of Alan Jackson

Lesson ID: A0119

In this lesson, I’ll teach you how play the traditional gospel song “I’ll Fly Away” in the style of Alan Jackson. First we’ll go over the chord progressions and a few strumming patterns you can play behind your vocals. Then I’ll teach you two variations of the instrumental break — the first instrumental break will mix a nice melody line with strumming and the second instrumental break will be loaded with some awesome bluegrass flatpicking licks. Chords and lyrics along with tablature can be downloaded below the video!

Overview

Progressions

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Lyrics

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Strumming

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Basic Instrumental

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Bluegrass Solo

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Backing Track

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Ron
Ron(@ron)
5 years ago

Wow, another fantastic lesson, keep up the good work Devin!

scowalt
scowalt(@scowaltoutlook-com)
5 years ago

this is another awesome lesson. i appreciate you willingness to share your talent with others. great song and job. scott

allangarvey123
allangarvey123(@allangarvey123gmail-com)
5 years ago

Great lesson for a beginner like me, challenging enough to work on and be able to progress, keeps me in the game.

Thanks Devin

Tim Miller
Tim Miller(@tim)
5 years ago

The two instrumentals are great! Nice work!

k4wk
k4wk(@k4wkcomcast-net)
5 years ago

Seems kinda low to sing in G. I play it in D. Can you develop a lesson in D or C?

k4wk
k4wk(@k4wkcomcast-net)
5 years ago
Reply to  Devin

G is often too low for me; I’ll capo to A or transpose to C or D. As for another song, I’d like Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash) or I’m a Lonesome Fugitive (Merle Haggard)s. Those are two I am currently working on. Thanks!

Randy
Randy(@randyodea57gmail-com)
5 years ago

I have been working on keeping up with every lessons though I was getting way behind but sat down and did it like I played all the time you are really helping me to play an it feels great thank you this is awesome website

keithfinch316
keithfinch316(@keithfinch316btinternet-com)
5 years ago

What a great lesson. Simple but sounds so good. Thank you.

Curtis
Curtis(@curtis)
5 years ago

I really like the two instrumentals, especially that bluegrass solo. Nice one.

o.svela
o.svela(@o-svelahotmail-com)
4 years ago

I love this song and we play it in my group. I’ve been a pick-and-strum player for years, but I’m very keen on learning the runs and fills between chords. Your courses have been extremely helpful. With this song, though, it’s not clear to me where that bass run-up to C from the G chord should start, Usually, it’s clear in the tab, but not on this one. Can you be more precise on this?

Jason
Jason(@silvereliminator04hotmail-com)
4 years ago

Are you switching back and forth between playing accompaniment and melody?

o.svela
o.svela(@o-svelahotmail-com)
4 years ago

Great stuff Devin. I sent you a note about a week ago and I got the answer I needed. I pick and choose from all your courses as they apply to what I’m trying to achieve, to transition from a fairly basic pick and strum guitar player to someone who provides runs and fills, bass walkups, etc. Again, great stuff and thanks a whole lot.

o.svela
o.svela (@guest_1291)
4 years ago

We do “I’ll Fly Away” in the band I joined last summer and all I could do at the time was pick and strum it, or in your terminology, “boom/chick” it. Now, I’ve got the tools to pick out the melody from your “melodic instrumental break” and I’ll work on the flat-picking solo later.

stevemingle
stevemingle(@steveminglegmail-com)
4 years ago

i was practicing maybe 30 min a day and was ready to give up now im spending two or three hours a day cant think you enough. your site was a god sent

Carole
Carole(@cselin305gmail-com)
4 years ago

Excellent challenge. I can’t sing it in this key but will figure out how to transpose it later.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
3 years ago

There is a lot of variety and huge work…so interesting…again thanks Devin!

lpakkir
lpakkir(@lpakkirgmail-com)
3 years ago

Excellent. Please teach us ‘there is power in the blood’ by Alan Jackson. Amazing bluegrass licks there. Thanks

clb.baxley
clb.baxley(@clb-baxleygmail-com)
2 years ago

What would the 3rd picked string be on strumming pattern 5 when you are playing the d chord?

clb.baxley
clb.baxley(@clb-baxleygmail-com)
2 years ago
Reply to  clb.baxley

Saw it when I slowed it down. You picked 4th, 5th, then 4th.

Jeff Pegalis
Jeff Pegalis(@jpeg1971)
2 years ago

This is my first tutorial in my first week of joining the site… and WOW! I mean not to be overly effusive but good lord, the format, breakdown, and the looping options on the video is spot on what all I’ve been looking for. Thank you so much for posting. this lesson.

Tanner Honeycutt
Tanner Honeycutt(@tannerh73)
1 year ago

Learned basic instrumental super easy great lesson

Kersten Orr
Kersten Orr(@clementine)
1 year ago

I’m not a musician but I’ve been strangling guitar on and off for years. Today a musician friend asked me to learn this song and then play with him sometime in the near future. I was afraid…and then I found you guys. I’m so excited I can’t sleep! I love the way the lessons are laid out – Devin you are fantastic teacher. Thank you, no more dust on my guitar!

Last edited 1 year ago by Kersten Orr
Joanie Miller
Joanie Miller(@dulcepicking)
5 months ago

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