Jambalaya by Hank Williams

This is a proper country classic from Hank Williams about jambalaya, which I’ve just recently been informed is a meat, seafood, and rice dish from Louisiana! I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m down south in the States!

This song is awesome for those of you who are working through my beginner’s course and have just learned the G and C chords. This song uses only those two chords, so you can really put them to work.

There’s an eight-bar chord progression. You’ve got two bars of C, four bars of G, and then finish off with another two bars of C. To start with, just play one strum per bar before working your way up to two strums per bar.

If you want to get really crazy with the strumming, you can pick the bass note of each chord and then strum the rest of the chord. This gives a little more movement to the rhythm, but it can be tricky for proper beginners. Play to whatever level you feel comfortable with! The difficulty with this comes in when picking individual strings between strums – you’ve got to be careful to pick the correct string each time.

For those of you who are a little more advanced, you can play it like it is on the original recording. When playing the C chord, you’re going to play the bass note on the 5th string just as normal. On the next C chord, though, you’re going to move your 3rd finger to the thickest string and play that as the bass note. This is technically a C/G chord. Continue to alternate between the 5th and 6th strings for the whole bar.

For the G chord, you don’t have to move any fingers back and forth, but you’re going to alternate picking between the 6th and 4th strings. This might be hard for you at first, but practice it slow and steady until you the rhythm you’re looking for.

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ORIGINAL SONG