So, what are easy guitar songs? Well, did you know that by using different combinations of just 4 basic chords, you can play hundreds of guitar songs easily? According to ClassicFM and musical-u.com, around 90 percent of all guitar-based music is just composed of three to four chords, and even complex songs have basic chords as their rhythm guitar parts in the song. Therefore, playing any song is not difficult at all.
Playing a specific song might seem daunting at first, but if you read its tablature (any song can be tabbed out) and calm down, you will slowly be able to play it very well. The 4 chords you need to know are the I, vi, IV, & V chords, you can make chord progressions using these 4 chords in any key.
Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners
Now that we have spent some time looking at the basics of playing the guitar, it is time to actually play a few songs! Here are a few basic, simple guitar chord songs that are perfect for beginners (with video tutorials).
» 01. Using a capo: Some of the below songs are played with a Capo. By using a capo, you can transpose the songs into other keys in order to match your voice range. Check out this video to see how it works.
» 02. Simplify chord charts. Sometimes, you’d rather simplify chord charts which is taken a complicated chord down to the basic structure chord. Example:
- D/F# can be simplified to D
- Cadd9 can be simplified to C
- Em7 can be simplified to Em
- Bm7(♭13) can be simplified to Bm
In this video, Jonathan Reaux takes a couple of popular songs and simplifys them for you, so you can see the process.
How Long Will Easy Guitar Songs Take to Learn?
Once you learn your guitar chords and transitions, not long at all. You will already know how to play the chords and transitions so all you will have to do it memorize how the order that you play the few chords that are in the song. This has nothing to do with technique really more just basic memorization. I would say for a basic song like “Brown Eyed Girl” or “Blister in the Sun,” about a week with 30 minutes of practice everyday. I believe in you! You can do it! Trust in yourself! Don’t wait and practice, practice, practice! Good luck!
Easy Guitar Songs Practicing tips:
» Go through the song, learn the chords that are in the song, make sure you know the chords proficiently.
» Practice playing the song over the CD or mp3, this exercise will help dramatically.
» Look at the tabs and then listen to the song and follow along with the tab. This will get your brain to think in terms of playing along with the tablature and you may start to hear the strumming pattern used in the song.
» In most songs, the same chords are played over and over again. This is good news for you, since once you feel comfortable playing the chords of any song, you will find it easier to play, using both hands.