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How to Play “Ball and Chain” by Social Distortion

From their debut on a major label, (they released two albums prior on their own), Social Distortion’s “Ball and Chain” remains one of the band’s many big hits. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to play the acoustic guitar part. All you need is a few “cowboy” chords and know how to swing ‘em!

About the song:

  • Key of D

  • Chords used in this song: D, A, G5

  • Eighth Note strum pattern with syncopation

  • Swing eighth note feel (Shuffle feel)

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To learn about how to master chords on the guitar, click here.

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