Easy Guitar Songs to Learn for the Beginner

When looking for easy guitar songs to learn, look at how many chords are used. Ideally, you would want to start with a song that features only two to four chords, that are not too difficult to play.

So what chords are easy to play? Persons just learning to play guitar, usually find chords like Em, A7 and Am7 the easiest to master, as you only need to use two fingers to play them. You seldom get a song that features only those chords, though. D, E, C and Am use three fingers, but are still relatively simple. G involves a bit of a stretch to reach the top position, and you might need a bit of practice to keep all three fingers on the same fret for A, but with a little extra attention, you should be able to master them. F chords and B chords usually present a bit of a challenge to beginner guitar players, F because you have to press down more than one string with the same finger, and B you usually need to move your hand to a slightly different position to play B or B minor.

Many classic pop and rock songs use fairly basic chord progressions. “Love me do” and “Let it Be” by the Beatles would make good choices, as would a number of songs by the very distinctive 1970s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, such as “Bad Moon Rising and “Have you ever seen the rain?” Moving forward to the 1990s, you might want to look at the Nirvana songs “Smells like Teen Spirit” and “Polly”. Getting right up to date, you can investigate songs like “Bucket” and “On Call”, both by Kings of Leon all have fairly basic chord progressions. “You belong to me” by Taylor Swift, “Favorite Girl” by Justin Bieber, “You’re Beautiful” and “Tears and Rain”, both by James Blunt and “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga.

Start by playing the song very slowly and paying special attention to each chord change, rehearsing it over and over until you can manage the transition seamlessly. Take it in sections, and build up speed only when you have mastered each change.

To teach yourself guitar you should set apart a certain time each day for practice. A little a lot will go a long way to conquering the learning curve.

The website where I found most of these songs was http://www.ultimate-guitar.com, which boasts a truly enormous selection. One useful feature is the fact that you can tweak the chords of a song to another key. What this means is, if you find a song in the key of F, and you think it might be easier to play it in G, you can change the setting to two half tones up and get a different selection of chords to match. There are usually a number of tabs for hit songs, so you can often look through each to find the version of guitar tabs for beginners. Bear in mind, there are tabs that give a note for note analysis as well on this site as well, so always choose one that uses the word “chords” in the title to help you find the best easy guitar songs to learn.

Source by Wilbur Vestal

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