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Good first songs to learn on guitar?

My son who is 16 has been learning guitar (electric). He switched from violin so he’s picked it up pretty quickly. He needs to give his instructor a song he wants to learn. He likes what I like (rock) so I’m thinking something Led Zeppelin or such. Can you recommend a song that is not too hard but still rockin? Please don’t say Smoke on the Water.
doesn’t have to be classic rock, but something gooood. not too hard as in a good first song for him, no super hard changes.

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6 Responses to “Good first songs to learn on guitar?”

  1. Tyler said :

    Im not sure what you mean by hard?
    As in oldies or not so old?
    Well easy pretty cool songs would be
    The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
    Bullet With Butterfly Wings – Smashing Pumpkins
    All the Small Things – Blink 182

    Just suggestions for newer players who want faster sort of songs.

  2. Hannah said :

    Some of the first songs I learned were:

    Pink floyd- wish you were here
    Bob Marley – redemption song
    leaving on a jet plane
    van morrison- brown eyed girl
    Beatles- I want to hold your hand, yellow submarine
    Neil Young- Heart of gold
    Coldplay- yellow

  3. ceritis said :

    The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
    The Beatles – Blackbird, Yesterday
    Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love, Good Times Bad Times

    There’s a plenty of rocking songs you can learn, you just need to dig

  4. Krusty the Klown said :

    dammit by blink 182 is pretty easy
    smoke on the water by deep purple is VERY easy
    You shook me all night long’s verse by AC/DC is pretty easy
    Seven nation army by the white stripes is SUPER easy. first song i ever learned, and it sounds great too.
    Rock and roll aint noise pollution- AC/DC
    You Really Got Me- Van Halen (two notes the whole thing, sounds good too, and he can learn how to bend
    TNTby AC/DC is a great song, three chords the whole thing, and was the second song i ever learned. great song, and very recognizable
    Any Blink 182 songs are fairly easy. If he likes them, check them out.
    After he learns those, he will be fine, then he should probably wok on soloing if he is interested in lead guitar. then he can learn some Led Zeppelin. Unfortunately, there are few easy led zeppelin songs. they are not that hard, but after he gets the mostly know chords down, he should be fine.

  5. Q.Z. said :

    Learn some Black Sabbath or AC/DC.

    He could start out with Iron Man by Black Sabbath. Pretty much every guitar player knows that song.
    Learning some common tunes are good too. Like Yankee Doodle or The Star Spangled Banner.
    For Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven is probably their most popularly learned song.
    For power chord practice, learn some Green Day or any
    songs from modern bands he likes.
    For normal chord practices, he could learn Hey Three Delilah (Plain White T’s) or Time of Your Life (Green Day).

    For harder songs, Guns N’ Roses is an excellent choice. He could start of with the intro of Sweet Child O’Mine. Probably
    the most famous intro ever. is probably the best site for tabs.
    however, to figure out strumming patterns, you’d have to do that on your own.

  6. a3914069 said :

    I’ve said that least 3914069 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean


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