Bird Dog is a song written by Boudleaux Bryant and recorded by The Everly Brothers. It was released in 1958 and topped the charts in many countries around the world.
The lesson covers the progression, which is mainly a 12-bar blues progression, in the key of A, where the guitar is capoed on the 2nd fret, as done on the original recording.
We take a look at a few options for the chords as well as for the strumming.
The latter is, in my opinion, the most important aspect of the song. It can be done at the speed of 8th’s, like the brothers do, or in double time, to give it its driving feel. This is, in my opinion, in particular important when it’s just you and your guitar, so a few ideas for that are presented.