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In this mega list we are going to provide some great examples of easy guitar songs for beginners , with a limited number of basic guitar chords (click here for a complete chords ebook).
If you grew up in the early 90's, you probably wanted to scream after hearing this song played a bazillion times! It wasn't written by Billy Ray Cyrus, but he sure made it popular. Despite it being played into the ground back then it is actually a great song for beginning guitar players. In fact, if you know a drummer and bass player, all three of you can play this with minimal
I included this great song by The Beatles because it is a good example of how even a two chord song can be a little difficult to play. You will find much of the verse is in G with a short part in the C major chord, in fact many sites have the chord as G7. As you learn to play it, it will seem strange that you are staying in that same G chord for much of the verse. I find this can be fixed by good strumming and switching between G and G7. It's really all about using your ear. G7 is not that much different than G major and now is a great time to pick it up and start using it. With Paperback Writer you see that even two chords in a song it is not always easy!
Sly and the Family Stone has always been one of my favorite bands, and their song Everyday People fits our two chords of C and G perfectly. This song sounds great on an acoustic or electric guitar, just remember to add a little bit of soul and funk to it! Another song about peace and equality and all it needs is two chords! (Technically this song is in the Key of G , but it fits our needs for only using C and G)
This song dates all the way back to the 1840's, so while it may be a simple children's song we have to give it some respect for such staying power. It transitions back and forth quite simply between C and G without much fuss and is a great beginners song. It sounds fine with basic strumming, but it sounds much better with a little finger picking, give it a try and see what sounds best to you! (If you have an electric guitar plug it into and amp and give this old folk tune some rockin' amplification!
Some of these songs have the F chord in some parts. Full bar chords are not easy for beginners. If you're not comfortable yet with bar chords , you can use one of the simplified shapes that you find on the F major chord diagrams page.
Anyone alive in 2003 would have heard this song played all the time, the video was a huge hit. Later it was released as an acoustic version by the artist Obadiah Parker, that is why I have included it in this list, it is a great acoustic guitar song. Like the last one this song uses these 4 chords in a different way, ending on the A minor this time.
This song by Green Day is usually played with power chords on the guitar. Power chords are not complete chords, the are only the root and fifth and are common in punk, grunge, and 90's music. However, it is still a fine song to play with regular chords.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are great at writing songs for people learning to play the guitar! This song was released in 2000 and as usual is about their struggles with addiction, and they always knew how to make great music from serious issues. This song has the five necessary chords we are using however it starts on an A minor, giving it that solemn and serious feel.
As always the Red Hot Chili Peppers make great songs to play on guitar. This song was on their hit album Blood Sugar Sex Magik and pushed them into the mainstream. This song also has a slash chord (C/G) which means the G note is played in the bass of the C chord instead of the C note. However, you can always just play the C chord until you get the hang of slash chords. As you start playing it you will know all the chords necessary, however once you get to the chorus you will find a little surprise... a D minor chord . Once you learn it now you can move onto six chord songs!
Peter Sarstedt was a one hit wonder back in 1969 with this song. The 2007 Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited used his tune bringing him back into the limelight briefly. He recently passed away (in January 2017) so it only seems fitting to include this gem on our list. This traditional sounding folk tune/love song is easy for any guitar player who knows these chords.
This song by Simon and Garfunkel reportedly took over 100 hours to record and produce! Using such instruments as pedal steel guitar and piccolo trumpet, it is a masterpiece. Once you know the basic six chords in the Key of C you can make your own beautiful renditions of this on acoustic guitar (there is a Dm7 thrown in there, just to keep you on your toes!). A version of this song was recently played on the radio show Prairie Home Companion and is worth a listen!
In the last sections we have discussed songs that you can play with just two, three, four, five and six chords. We have stayed in the key of C major to keep it easy with the chords C, Dm, Em, F, G, and Am.
Normally Billy Joel songs work best on the piano, but this upbeat number makes a fine guitar cover. It takes us back to many of the chords we have learned in the past and with the Bb. Again and again we will see this flattened seventh in plenty of rock songs.
This last song was a hit for Paul Revere and the Raiders and The Monkees both. It is going to challenge you with one new chord and a progression that is hard to play, but worth the effort! Of all the chords we often see in rock songs along with Eb and Bb, it is common to see Ab . Before we learned that the vi chord was A minor in the key of C, well sometimes in rock they turn it to A major and flatten it! This VIb, is actually known as the Buddy Holly chord because he popularized it during the chorus of Peggy Sue . As you search for songs with the dreaded Eb and Bb you will often see this Ab thrown in the mix. So it can't hurt to learn it now on such a funky and fun song for your guitar.
As we are building our repertoire of easy guitar songs sticking to the key of C, if we encounter a song that is not in the key of C we have to transpose the chords from its original key.
Our big list of easy songs to play on guitar is completed. If you at this moment have any difficulties in playing some of these songs, don't worry, with proper practice and good learning resources you'll overcome them.
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One of the greatest challenges, when you start playing guitar, is the transition between many different chords. Most songs have various chords, which requires long practice to get the fingers to move smoothly and quickly between different positions.
To help new guitar players practice their chord changes and strumming skills I created the following list. The songs are very easy and fun to play. All of these songs are in different genres and styles, offering different chord positions and strumming patterns to help you get more comfortable with your instrument!
The Irish Rover version, which they play at the end of their concerts, is very straightforward, going between A minor and G chords, 2 chords with comfortable positions. The strumming pattern is also pretty easy with downstrokes, consecutively strumming the bass and after the rest of the strings.
You can play this beautiful tune with only 2 chords, Em and Bm7. It has a tempo of 64 bpm, so it is pretty easy to follow, and the strumming patterns include triplets. It is a piano-based song, but an acoustic guitar version also sounds great.
You can start with a more basic strum pattern like strumming one chord per bar, later you can build up to one chord per beat, and finally, you can add the mutes. You can also work on strumming patterns separately without chords, and you can add them when you are more comfortable with the rhythm.
This country melody is one of the easiest songs to learn to play with chord transitions between C major and G major chords. Two chords are very popular in many genres, from country to rock music. So, practicing these transitions will help you play a wide variety of songs in the future.
The song consists of two power chords (the root note and relative 5th), a D chord picked two times as separate notes of A and D, and a continuous fast-strummed E power chord. The strumming is a bit tricky and fast-paced, with mutes in between the power chords.
The song has two simple chords, a D major and a G major, two commonly used chords that are pretty easy to play. The song is played with a random arpeggiated picking style that can be difficult at first, but with a few attempts and some practice, you will definitely get the hang of it.
The song goes between B major and E major chords with a fundamental strum pattern. If you are having a hard time with barre chords, there are many alternative ways to play B major chords in easier positions. Also, you can put a capo on the 2nd fret and play the song with A major and D major chords.
The song is mainly in E minor with occasional D major chords here and there. You can start with a basic strum pattern and build it up as you progress through the song since this is a song full of little nuances and tricks that give its characteristics to the song.
The song consists of G7 and C major chords. G7 is a variation of the G major chord; the only difference is that you play the 1st fret instead of the 3rd fret in the first string. The strumming is pretty straightforward with a classic pattern. 1e1e36bf2d