Learning how to play "Auld Lang Syne" on guitar will give you a chance to practice a variety of different chords and chord progressions. Measure 8 of "Auld Lang Syne" is a little tricky because you play three different chords in the same measure (Em, Am, and D). In the second half of the measure, you change chords on each beat — one stroke per chord. Practice playing only measure 8 slowly, over and over. Then play the song.

Note: In changing between G and C (bars 4–6 and 12–19), fingering G with fingers 2, 3, and 4 instead of 1, 2, and 3 makes the chord switch easier. If you finger the chord that way, the second and third fingers form a shape that simply moves over one string.

To play “Auld Lang Syne,” you need to know how to play G, Am, C, D, and Em chords; how to play down and down-up strums; and what “Auld Lang Syne” means in the first place.

Auld Lang Syne
Auld Lang Syne

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