Freebird (Lead) Part 3

Animated Freebird (Lead) Part 3 tab by Lynyrd Skynyrd on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

Here we see the final part of the song as played on the lead guitar. This is just a continuation of the epic solo that began in part 2. Check out that ActionTab before attacking this one. We talk about some useful concepts and give some worthwhile pointers there.

This lead stuff here is not very beginner friendly. However, there are still lots of great licks worth trying out. Most people who love the song just pick out their favourite parts and learn them, rather than trying to play the whole thing from top to tail. For either approach, we highly recommend using the bookmark feature. This will help you quickly jump to licks you are interested in learning each time you load up the ActionTab.

If you are a beginner, use the links provided on the bottom of the page to familiarize yourself with the pentatonic minor scales.

Like Part 2, The vast majority of this solo continues to use the G pentatonic minor scale, with the first finger anchored around fret 15. This is good, because if you are familiar with that 5 note scale, it means you can learn a lot of the solo without even having to change your hand position. The difficulty is more in learning the string control and speed required to play the licks instead.

G pentatonic minor: G Bb D E F - This scale works well over the simple backing chord progressions (G - Bb5 - C) which constantly repeat throughout most of the song.

After smoking the fretboard at fret 15 with the G pentatonic for a while, the solo drops down by 3 frets to fret 12. Here he continues to play the same type of scale (E pentatonic minor scale). It's the same pattern of notes as the G pentatonic, just in a lower position. How handy.

Even after that entire section, he drops down to fret 3 and uses the same scale pattern. It's the G pentatonic minor scale again, just played 1 octave lower.

He continues with the E pentatonic at fret 12 for some time and then shifts back up to fret 15 again to play some cool lead bends. Once again, we're back to the G pentatonic here for this part.

After that, shift up to fret 22 to play just between these 2 notes for ages. Feel free to pull dramatic, emotionally charged facial expressions during this part. It's the apex of the solo (the highest it ever gets).

After that, guess where? fret 15 - G pentatonic minor again.

Then he plays this nice set of licks (using notes of the C major / Am scale) before going back to good old fret 15 again (G pentatonic). And then down to fret 12. At this point he's still using the G scale, but 3 frets lower, not the E pentatonic minor scale. After that he plays the G pentatonic again at fret 15, before joining in with the rhythm guitar to play the outro.


If you are a dedicated beginner, make sure to do these scale practices before taking on this solo. We recommend starting with the following articles / ActionTabs:

E pentatonic minor scale - Article / exercise showing the basic scale in E minor (G pentatonic minor is the exact same scale shifted up 3 frets).

Rock Game 1 - Teaches how to start using the pentatonic scale in fun ways to help you learn it better, and very importantly, use it to create melodies.

G pentatonic minor scale - Played using hammer ons. Notice it's exactly the same as the E pentatonic, just shifted up by 3 frets (i.e. it starts on a G note instead of the E).

3 pentatonic scales - Good palm muting exercise using the basic E pentatonic minor scale shape in 3 different positions. In this case, giving us the E, G and A pentatonic minor scales.

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