That’s Alright Mama Chords & Guitar Lesson

Welcome to my That’s Alright Mama guitar lesson by Elvis Presley with chords and strumming pattern. This a relatively simple song using 5 open chords. You could even make it easier by ignoring the 7 chords and playing the main chords.

For example, instead of playing A7, stay on the A chord.

That’s Alright Mama Guitar Chords:

That’s Alright Mama Strumming Patterns:

Strumming Pattern 1:
1 2 3 + 4 +

Rockabilly Pattern: with alternating bass line
1 2 + 3 4 +

The rockabilly pattern alternates the bass line between the root note and the 5th of the chord. For chords A, D and E would be the lowest note of the chord, then the string below. For the A chord, it would be 5th string then 4th string. For the E chord, it would be 6th string then 5th string. For the D chord, it would be the 4th string then the 3rd string.

You can always stay on the root note of the chord if you need to make it easier.

If you are looking to improve your guitar playing and learning more about strumming, chord and picking, check out my Online Beginner Guitar Course or my Strumming Course.

That’s Alright Mama Guitar Lesson:

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That’s Alright Mama Chord Chart:

Intro: A A A A

              A                        A
Well, that's alright, mama
A                            A
That's alright for you
A                      A                  A7                A7
That's alright mama, just anyway you do
D    D                      D        D
Well, that's alright,     that's alright.
                 E7                   E7      E7  E7            A    A
That's alright now mama, anyway you do

              A                          A
Well Mama she done told me,
  A                                   A
Papa done told me too
  A                                 A
'Son, that gal your foolin' with,
           A7                            A7
She ain't no good for you'
                           D      D                  D        D
Well, that's alright,     that's alright.
                E7                   E7        E7   E7            A    A
That's alright now  mama,  anyway you do

A A A7 A7
E7 E7 E7 E7

         A                        A
I'm leaving town, baby
            A                          A
I'm leaving town for sure
             A                               A
Well, then you won't be bothered with
          A7                                   A7
Me hanging 'round your door
                           D    D                    D        D
Well, that's alright,     that's alright.
                 E7                  E7        E7  E7           A    A
That's alright now mama, anyway you do

A              A
A da-da dee dee dee-dee
  A                A
Dee, dee dee-dee
     A              A
Dee, dee, dee-dee, I need your
 D          D                 D       D
Loving,   That's alright,
                  E7               E7        E7  E7             A  A  A  A  A(hold)
That's alright now mama, anyway you do

This file is the author’s own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It’s intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.

We do not distribute printable chord and lyrics charts. These charts are here only to support online learning. We highly recommend buying music from Hal Leonard or a reputable online sheet music store.

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