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Easy Songs for Guitars

Friday, July 16, 2010
If you're just starting out with guitar, the best thing you can do is grab some early success to put wind in your sails. Knowing a some notes and their names useful, but early on, what you need most is courage and motivation to keep going.

So my suggestion? Learn some easy guitar songs. It's a win-win situation because you get some gratification and those who will listen to you will appreciate listening to music rather than just your practice scales (important, but not fulfilling while you're learning them). So easy songs are the ticket for any new guitar player.

The good news is, there are lots of songs that only use a few easy, open chords. Open chords are chords that don't require you to move your hands way up the neck. Many of the strings in open chords are played without having to fret them (called "open strings").

Here are some easy songs for guitars you can play with only a few open chords:


"Time of Your Life" by Green Day

"House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals

"Heart of Gold" by Neil Young

"Hey Jude" by The Beatles

"Take It Easy" by The Eagles

"Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash

"Atlantic City" by Bruce Springsteen

"Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin

"Horse With No Name" by America

"Last Kiss" by Pearl Jam

"Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffet

"Patience" by Guns & Roses

"American Pie" by Don McLean

"Knocking on Heavens Door" by Bob Dylan

"Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison

"If It Makes You Happy" by Sheryl Crow

"Who Will Save Your Soul" by Jewell

"The Scientist" by Coldplay

"Nutshell" by Alice in Chains

"Let it Be" by The Beatles (they played it in C, but you can easily change it to G, to avoid the F)

"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by The Beatles

"Zombie" by The Cranberries

"Wonderwall" by Oasis

"You're Beautiful" by James Blunt

"Wild Thing" by The Trogs

This is a fairly short list of the hundreds upon hundreds of easy songs for guitars that can be played with nothing but open chords.

You'll eventually need to learn some barre chords and when you do, try Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar course. It's good for what ails you.
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