There is nothing like learning to play the guitar! Whether you are looking to get into the professional scene or for your pleasures, learning such a gracious instrument is a life-changing experience!
There are many reasons why beginners tend to stop playing the guitar, but don’t let any of them stop you, learning the guitar basics is quite easy!
In this article, you will get a set of songs to get you started.
1. Englishman in New York
Simple songwriting at it’s best. This song may sound quite complex, but in actuality it uses only three chords, making it a perfect choice for any beginner to start on.
2. Closing Time
This is a four-chord song with a pleasant undertone to it with added synthesizers that gives the guitar an excellent element within the song.
You don’t need to replicate it exactly, feel free to make mistakes and improvise, it is exactly what makes this song so good.
3. Stir It Up – Bob Marley
A cult classic that consists of three-chords. Play the song in a group or alone, sing it to your heart’s content, just relax and take in the scenery this great piece of music from the famous icon Bob Marley that left the world speechless.
4. I Shot the Sheriff – Bob Marley
Another fantastic musical masterpiece that is a great way to start your journey to mastering your guitar. Take a few listenings and start playing, you will find yourself getting a hang of it before you know it.
5. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
This song was once a necessary introduction to play in a lot of local bands.
Pleasant, popular and easy, this will be a great test of your beginner’s skill that you should master before moving on to more complicated ones.
6. London Calling – The Clash
Another hit among the younger audience, this is one of my personal favorites that I used to play a lot when I was still learning to play myself.
It is fun and easy to play and yet so much satisfying that it’s criminal.
7. Pyro – King of Leon
Grab your acoustic guitar and give this beautiful song a try. It has a good balance of key usage E and all chords in a pleasing combination.
8. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
And now for the King himself! Recorded during 1961 for Presley’s album Blue Hawaii, this song was destined to reach great heights This old hit managed to top the British chart in 1962 and was the second most popular song on the US Billboard Hot 100
9. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
Initially recorded and written by Leonard Cohen for his album Various Positions it, unfortunately, didn’t see much success up until Jeff Buckley noticed and recorded his version, inspired by John Cale’s beforehand.
He included it on the only album he finished called “Grace” with a single version re-released in 2007. This song is so powerful that it was even announced as one of the best 500 songs of all time by Rolling Stone
10. Hey Jude – The Beetles
If you feel comfortable with the B and F chords ( here are some useful tips for the F, and the B ) this is the song that will leave a lasting impact on you. It is the work of Paul McCartney that set the stage for The Beetles that placed itself on top of global music charts in 1968 and became one of the most successful selling singles of that time.
Billboard magazine went so far as to name it “ The 10th biggest song in history” which is saying something about what kind of masterpiece you have the opportunity to play.
While you might be slightly intimidated, don’t fret. Every great musician was once a beginner.
11. Creep – Radiohead
Hailing from the UK, this was the debut song of the alternative rock band named Radiohead in 1992. It became a worldwide hit just a year later during its rerelease and was included in their album “Pablo Honey”
With a basic knowledge of four chords, you will play this song well enough, and with a good grasp of barre chords, you will be flying through it in awe of your skill.
This recommendation presents great practice for testing out your skill on a slightly more complex pattern, as the next recommendation I will give to you will be a personal favorite.
12. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
A musical marvel made by the acclaimed Freedy Mercury for the rock band “Queen” for their album “ A night at the Opera” saw great success within the timespan of just nine weeks with more than a million copies sold at the end of January 1976.
This song became the best selling single in the UK and that of the world with a whopping number of 6 million copies sold across the world and being inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 and is still one of the most-streamed rock songs from the 20th century today.
If you have a solid knowledge of barre chords, this will prove to be an excellent test of a lot of what you have learned, and I can tell you that playing a song by yourself is immensely more satisfying than just listening to it and this one is a song with class and sophistication in equal measure.
The gate of the music world in front of you
The beauty of this instrument is in the vast assortment of beautiful music that is available for you to learn and work on every day.
By developing a habit of picking out new music and gaining new knowledge of the guitar every day, you will not only open up a whole new world of personal enjoyment and style but also the experience and skill that might help you excel in other spheres of life.
Numerous options are out there, and this start will introduce you to a part of its wonders.