How to play along with Old Town Road by Lil Nas X

Do you know the song with the longest-leading number one hit in the American Billboard charts? Did I just hear “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men from 1996? So close. And no, it’s not “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee from 2017. Third guess … Yes, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus is the correct answer.

Screenshot from official video

This is easily the music video with the most cameos ever. It offers an all-star lineup from start to finish. Chris Rock, Rico Nasty, Haha Davis, Diplo, and the list goes on and on. It’s almost hard to imagine that amidst all the stars and the monstrously phat YoungKio beat, there’s a catchy guitar tune as well. 

Play along with Old Town Road by Lil Nas X

You can also incorporate this new king of the Billboard charts in a jam. That’s why it’s useful to know how to play this song. No worries, we chordified the track and this is what our algorithm came up with.

Play along with Old Town Road

As you can see, “Old Town Road” is written in the key of G#m. This makes the chord progression look a little complicated, with chords like G#5 and C#7 passing by. Are you up for a challenge? Then just try to play along with this chord progression.

Old Town Road for beginners

Have you just started playing the guitar and do you want to be able to jam to this top track? No problem! Here’s what you can do: use the capo tool and place it on the fourth fret. You can see that the chord progression suddenly changes into “understandable” basic chords.

The idea behind this hack is that the intervals between the chords remain the same so that the song might change its tone, but still retains its unique structure. Does this last part sound vague? Forget about it, just try out the capo hack and happy jamming with “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus!

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