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I am trying to learn guitar and I need songs to practice with, what are some easy songs to start out with?

Actual songs if you would. (not like the itsy bitsy spider or something, something that would be on the raido). I only have an acoustic guitar. Also just tabs and where I might find the tabs would be helpful.

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2 Responses to “I am trying to learn guitar and I need songs to practice with, what are some easy songs to start out with?”

  1. naery said :

    The simplified version of Hotel California is pretty easy, and it’s extremely good practice for chords and strumming patterns.

    Nothing Else Matters by Metallica.

    Dust in the Wind by Kansas (good for finger-picking practice)

    Faith by George Michael.

    That famous song by Sister Hazel (I forgot the title).

    Plush by Stone Temple Pilots

    Virtually anything by AC/DC (get the simplified version).

    Uncle John’s Band by The Grateful Dead

    Bad Moon Rising by (I forget)

    Also, very good reminder here: Don’t worry about speed in the beginning of learning a new song. Focus on finger placement first, then transitions, and only *then* build up to playing at speed.

  2. ♫ A ♫ said :

    I always tell people to start with Creedence Clearwater Revival songs. Those are the first full length songs I learned, and I learned them with an acoustic. These songs are really easy and fun to play.

    Bad Moon Rising (just 3 chords pretty much)
    Down on the Corner
    Proud Mary
    Have You Ever Seen the Rain

    You Were Meant for Me (Jewel) is really easy to practice finger picking
    Louie, Louie (Kingsmen) is super easy…just a few power chords
    Smells Like Teen Spirit, Lake of Fire – Nirvana
    Glycerine – Bush
    Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
    Lightning Crashes – Live (chords: E, B, F sharp)
    Don’t Panic – Coldplay
    Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction
    Like a Stone – Audioslave
    7 Nation Army – The White Stripes
    White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane

    These are all very easy and you can find the tabs on or look for youtube lessons for the particular songs. You could also find some general lessons about basic techniques on youtube or get a book. I myself learned from a really good book I got from the library that taught me the basics. It’s important to learn a few basic chords first, so if you have not already done so, I suggest you learn the basic chords first. The more you practice, the better your playing will sound as your strumming and rhythm will improve.

    Good luck! I hope these song suggestions are helpful! Some are not traditionally acoustic, but you can play them that way anyway.


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