Easy Songs To Play On Guitar
After you learn the basic guitar chords, you will be looking for easy songs to play on the guitar. When you are looking for easy songs to play on the guitar, it helps that they are songs you recognize and enjoy. As you list the songs that you would like to learn, start thinking about songs by your favorite bands. The chances are that some of the songs you have been enjoying for years are easy songs to play on the guitar.
- "Wish You Were Here" (1975) - Pink Floyd. Before you start freaking out, you don't have to worry about the intro solo when you learn it for the first time. The reason that this is one of the easiest songs to play on the guitar is because it repeats the same chord pattern over and over again. The verses and the chorus all use the exact same chord progression at the exact same tempo. If you can learn the picking part, then that is a bonus. But all you need to know is the chord progression C-D-Am-G-D-C-Am-G.
- "Louie Louie" (1955) - Richard Berry. Every drunk frat guy from 1955 to the present recognizes the music for the song "Louie Louie" (1955). The best parts about this song is that it is only four chords (A-D-E-A), and no one cares if you know the words or not. Everyone knows the parts in the melody where the singing suddenly gets louder for two words, but no one knows the lyrics to this song. Just start strumming and a party will commence.
- "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right to Party" (1987) - Beastie Boys. Play the chords A-C-D-A with any group of 40-somethings around, and you will instantly find at least one person that knows all of the words to "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right to Party" (1987). This is just an example of the straight-ahead rock and rap mixture that made the Beastie Boys famous. If you spend a little time with this song, you can even figure out how to play the solo. Once you have that down, you can add another easy song to play on the guitar to your repertoire.
- "Sweet Home Alabama" (1974) - Lynyrd Skynyrd. If your friends are constantly asking you to play some Skynyrd ever since you learned how to play the guitar, then you can learn this tune to shut them up. The song is just the chord progression D-C-G over and over again. After a few verses and chorus repeats, your friends should all be passed out and you can stop playing this. If you want to take on a real project, then spend a few months learning how to play the solo at the end of this song. This is a great example of a very simple song made great by some intricate and creative guitar work.
- "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" (1973) - Bob Dylan. Play the chord progression G-D-Am-C and you are playing the Bob Dylan classic "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (1973). Several artists including Jimi Hendrix and Guns N Roses had popular renditions of this song, but Dylan's is the one you want to follow. Bob Dylan makes this an easy song to play on the guitar because he never changes the progression and his sense of timing is impeccable.