EASY SONGS TO PLAY ON A GUITAR (ACOUSTIC or ELECTRIC)

learn to play guitarBelow is a growing list of easy songs that you can play on your guitar. It does not matter if you’re an intermediate play or a beginner. There’s a song for you below. :) Enjoy! Remember to play the video on Youtube for HD version.

If you are reading this article, chances are you are harboring lofty ambitions of becoming the next Slash, Joe Satriani, or Eddie Van Halen (or some other guitar hero you idolizes). However, when you try to play in the style of these great masters of smoldering riffs, all you can elicit from your guitar is a deafening screech that would make the hair on your neighbor’s cat stand on end.

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Tips How to  Play Easy Songs on Guitar

Many novices to the fine art of guitar playing often make the mistake in assuming that the easiest song to play on guitar would be their favorite tunes or the cool songs that they are most familiar with. So, you can only just imagine their surprise that when they try to learn these songs to play on guitar, they either are not able to play it at all or, worse, what was originally a nice song turns into an out-of-tune disaster in their less than capable hands.

Obviously, beginners should not start with complicated riffs and tapping techniques. You should always start with simple songs in order to develop your plucking and strumming techniques. You also are probably not aware of this, but many of the easy songs to play on electric guitar will help you to master the power chords that are being played most often in rock, punk and heavy metal songs.

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  • Leaving On A Jet Plane

This classic by John Denver is commonly recommended by guitar instructors as the one of the easy songs to play or even the easiest song to play on guitar.

In playing this song, you only need to know three specific chords, namely G Major7, C Major8, and D Major9 (or just G, C and D major chords). You can play this song by simply strumming the chords.

Another option is by plucking the individual notes on the strings. This latter technique would be an ideal technique for a much slower tempoed version of the song. A good example of this would be Chantal Kreviazuk‘s version from the Armageddon soundtrack.

Learn to Play Leaving on a Jet Plane today!

  • The Only Exception

Nothing can be more simple that a 3 chord song and that’s for the entire song! (Well, maybe a 2 or 1 chord song, but hey, 3 is a good enough criteria).

Paramore‘s The Only Exception is a great example of that song. Not only does it contains only 3 chords, those chords are not eve barred plus the strumming is easy! Check out the video I created for this song!

  • Wild World

Written and sung by Cats Stevens. Mr. Big also has a cover of this song. Both are good.

The video below is for Cat Stevens’ version. You need to know a couple of chords and a simple strumming pattern. Once you know the progression, you know the song.

The important part to know here is that little riffs in the chorus.

 

  • Two Steps Behind

Two Steps Behind the softer side of Def Leppard. This is mostly an acoustic dominated song. The chords are all major and the strumming pattern is consistent. Check out my tutorial post about it. The video is below:

  • A Horse With No Name

A Horse With No Name by America is another very easy song to play in guitar because it was entirely recorded in the E Minor key, with an additional chord in D, which is fretted along the second fret of the low E and G strings. According to guitarist Gerry Beckley, you need to correctly tune your guitar from low to high in D E D G B D. You then play a repetitive chord pattern of 202002 (Em), 020202, and 000202.

  • Dust in the Wind

This is somehow not that easy to play in a sense that you need to learn the finger picking pattern first in order to play the song. But once the right hand become accustomed to the finger picking, the whole song is very easy. All you need to do is to learn the chord progression and you are all set.

Click here to see my “Dust in the Wind” tutorial or check out Guitar Tricks’ Dust in the Wind Lesson.

  • I’ll Be There For You (FRIENDS Theme Song) by The Rembrandt

I know a number of individuals who got into learning to play the guitar just because they love the FRIENDS (TV series) theme song! That song is called “I’ll Be There For You” by the song writing duo called The Rembrandt.

This is an easy song to play specially if you know the basic strumming patter for quarter notes. If you know the basic A major, E major, D major (chords for Smelly Cat) , G major and C#m chords, you are all set to play this happy song.

Click here and check out my “I’ll Be There For You” tutorial. Don’t forget to Share.

  • HELP! by The Beatles

This is one of the greatest hit song by the Fab Four! This song is an easy Beatles song to play since it has well known and easy to play chords and the strumming is fairly easy.

There is no guitar solo to memorize and the guitar riff is pretty easy.

  • Five Hundred Miles

Let’s go back to the early 60s folk revival era and learn a classic acoustic song by Peter, Paul, and Mary. “Five Hundred Miles” is one of those time-honored folk greats, and in these twelve guitar lessons Henrik Linde will teach you both a simple strumming version and a finger picked approach. When you hear the whistle blow, pick up your guitar and join in!

  • Father and Son

Cat Stevens is almost synonymous to acoustic guitar and acoustic guitar playing. That’s my personal opinion but I know I am not the only one. He was one of the great singer-songwriters who hit his mark in the early 1970′s.

One of his famous song is “Father and Son”. This is a beautiful tune that is played in the form of a musical conversation between a father and son; it doesn’t have the traditional “verses and choruses”.  The strumming pattern and rhythm alone is worthwhile to learn

Click Here to learn how to play Father and Son
My version is here :)

  • Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

A lot of newbie guitarists would probably be shocked to find Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door on this list. While most would be more familiar with the raw, gutsy version by Guns N’ Roses, the original was written and sung by the great Bob Dylan himself. Rather than torment yourself with Slash’s complex riffs for the Guns version, it is best to stick with the original by Dylan. There are only four chords to learn to be able to play this song, namely G, D, Am7 and C. You then observe two basic patterns which are repeated throughout the song—G-D-Am7-Am7 and G-D-C-C.

  • Hey There Delilah

Hey There Delilah is considered to be the modern style or modern day of fingerpicking. In this tutorial we’ll learn how to play the fingering of the song. It’s really easy, check it out and learn it. This is made famouse by Plain White T’s. This #1 hit from 2007 is just a guy and his guitar, a simple but beautiful love song. The chord progression is easy and flows well, and you’ll learn a lot about fingerpicking in these five acoustic lessons from one of our resident acoustic guitar experts, Douglas Showalter!

Click here to learn Hey There, Delilah

  • Brown Eyed Girl

Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison is one of the easiest songs to play on guitar. Much like Leaving On A Jet Plane, you only need to learn a few chords to be able to play it, namely G, C, D, and Em. It also has a simple strum pattern which you can take special note of by just downloading and listening to the song.

  • House of the Rising Sun

The Animals’ House of the Rising Sun may at first seem like a complicated song to learn on the guitar. However, you only need to learn a few chords to be able to play it, namely Am, C, D, and E7. It will also help you in practicing your F Major25 chord. House of the Rising Sun is also an excellent song by which you can practice arpeggiated picking.

This is a traditional song, made famous by Eric Burdon & The Animals in the 1960′s. As mentioned, we’ll be using basic chord strumming and arpeggiations to play this tune, and it has an easy chord progression to help you develop your fluidity in changing chords!

Here are some other easy songs to play on guitar.

  • About a Girl – Nirvana
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
  • All Apologies – Nirvana
  • Wild Things – The Troggs
  • My Girl – Rolling Stones
  • Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Prestley
  • All The Small Things – Blink 182
  • Drive – Incubus
  • No Rain – Blind Melon
  • Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Prestley
  • Help Me Make it Through the Night – Johnny Cash
  • Heart Shaped Box – Nirvana
  • Song 2 – Blur
  • Dumb – Nirvana
  • Rape Me – Nirvana
  • Tubthumping – Chumbawumba
  • Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison
  • Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus

Easy Songs to Play On Electric Guitar

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” is one of the easiest songs that you can learn to play on electric guitar because it only has a four power-chord riff in its opening and a two-note pattern that repeats during the verses.

If you have watched Major League with Charlie Sheen, then most likely you would’ve danced and rocked to The Troggs’ “Wild Thing” which was the entrance song of Sheen’s baseball player character. What makes “Wild Thing” a good song to practice on is because it introduces you to four simple power chords. Once you master these chords, you will be able to play along with the song before moving on to other chords.

  • “Dirty Deeds” by AC/DC

If you want to master all the power chords, the song that you should practice on is “Dirty Deeds”. Another plus for this AC/DC classic is that it will help you with your fingering along the frets because you will be required to switch fast from chord to chord.

The opening riff of “Satisfaction” by the Stones is the easiest intro that you will learn. However, as you progress through the song, you will find that the notes and the scales are easy to learn as well and will help you in developing your plucking and strumming.

If you are having difficulties with your fingering, you might want to try out The Beatles’ “Daytripper”. While many beginners find the riff in the song daunting, by listening to it closely, you will notice that the guitar riffs are thematic. By recognizing the themes in the song and mastering each one by one, you will see your fingering improving by leaps and bounds.

If there is any song that electric guitarists recommend that you learn first, it would be Deep Purple’s “Smoke On the Water. The reason for this lies in the four power chord riff at the song’s intro. Much like “Wild Thing”, the song will help you in mastering four key power chords. Once you have mastered the chords, you can momentarily switch to another song and then go back to “Smoke On The Water” to master it in its entirety. You will be surprised to learn that very, very few guitarists have actually been able to master the whole song, so you can count that as a challenge for you.

While the above songs may be among the easiest songs to play on guitar, some of you folks who are reading this article may be wondering if we don’t have any newer pop tunes that we can recommend. There are actually many easy contemporary songs that you can learn, some of them requiring the use of a capo, a device that is used on the neck of the guitar that functions to shorten the length of the strings, thus producing a higher pitch.

Guitar Teacher’s Tips and Lessons

As most guitar teachers will tell you, it is not ideal to start with the top song on the Billboard charts these days. The best song to learn how to play guitar are always the simple songs. These are songs wherein the notes and chords take very little effort to play and would require minimal finger movement and reach on the fretboard of the guitar.

It should help you in developing such techniques as strumming and the use of a pick or a capo. Such a great song should also give you enough incentive to practice regularly until you get it perfect before moving on to the next. Also, if you love to sing along when you play the guitar, you should try practicing easy songs to sing and play simultaneously on your favorite musical instrument.

Easiest Song To Play on Acoustic Guitar

play guitar for beginners(easy songs for the electric guitar is down this page… we have so many songs selections, so please try to scroll down some more… )

If you are still unsure of what would be the best song to play on guitar, look no further. We have some great songs for you to practice on listed below. If you are unfamiliar with the song, it is recommended that you download them from iTunes (or some other places *wink*) and listen to them, focusing specifically on the guitar work. Individuals who are computer savvy may use special software to remove the vocals and leave the guitar lines intact for easy study.

Let us take a look at some very good, but easy songs which you can practice playing on your electric guitar… The first few of these songs are actually from the Guitar Tricks lessons. Those instructors at GT are really good! If you don’t have an account yet, you go ahead and create one! It’s free! Plus you get 24 free lessons and much more!

Let us take a look at some popular tunes today (as of this writing, that is.. first quarter of 2013 :) -  that you can easily play on guitar.

1. Fall For You

Secondhand Serenade’s Fall For You is a very simple song that all beginners can learn. It requires learning the F, G, D, Am, and C chords. It also has a pretty straightforward strumming pattern that primarily requires downward strums on the strings.

2. Fifteen

Fifteen by Taylor Swift is another simple song that requires learning only three chords—G, C add 9, Em, and D.

If you are looking for easy songs to play with capo, here are some tunes that you might want to consider trying…

1. Just The Way You Are

For Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are, you need to put the capo on the 4th fret in order to achieve the exact pitch. Once you have your guitar in the precise pitch, you will only need to learn the three chors of G Major, D and B Minor. With B Minor being a barre chord (a type of chord wherein you need to press down on several strings at once with one or more fingers), this is an excellent song by which you can practice your finger placement on the fretboard.

2. Firework

To play Firework by Katy Perry, you need to set your capo first on the 1st fret, and then learn the chords G, F, Em and C for the verses and G, Am, Em, and C for the chorus

Learn more about the easiest songs to play on guitar today!