Below you will find some of my favourite easy beginner guitar songs for budding guitarists from around the web. I’ve created this resource to try to keep you keen and get some quick wins under your belt when starting out on your guitar playing journey!
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Without further ado here’s our selection of easy beginner guitar songs..
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Check out Andy’s awesome lesson on how to play Pink Floyd’s folky classic “Wish You Were Here”. This is an epic tune that is also very beginner-friendly for new guitarists. There are even a few single notes to try and get your fingers around but if you’re not quite there yet, just strum the chord pattern and it should still sound great.
Check out the chords here.
Knockin’ on Heavens Door -Bob Dylan (One of the ultimate easy beginner guitar songs!)
Here’s another fine lesson from Marty on Bob Dylan’s “Knocking On Heavens Door”. This is one of the ultimate easy beginner guitar songs to learn. In the key of C, it uses only 3 chords and once you get comfortable with them you can start mixing up the rhythms like you can see Marty doing here.
Here’s a note of the chords if you need them.
Freefallin’ – Tom Petty (Another fine example of easy beginner guitar songs!)
Another excellent lesson here from Justin on Tom Petty’s “Freefallin”. This song will help you with your timing. The capo on the 3rd fret gives the chords a nice bright sound too. This is a great number for sitting round the campfire on a warm summers evening.
Here are the chord variations Justin is using here
Times Like These – Foo Fighters
An epic lesson from the Nail Guitar YouTube channel. This is a great song to strum along to but as you’ll find in the lesson, there are some other cool parts as well that will make your practice more interesting and ensure you are making progress.
You can also find the chords for the lesson here.
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix (Another one of those awesome easy beginner guitar songs!)
Playing Hendrix already, huh?! Here’s a nice and easy beginners guitar lesson on “Hey Joe” by Gene. This song has some wonderful open chord voicings to get your fingers round. Once you’ve nailed this version there are plenty other lessons online showing you the more “Hendrix” style licks.
Here’s the list of chords for the lesson.
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
Here’s a fresh faced Marty from Guitar Jamz showing us the chords to this catchy folk-style number by Green Day. There are a few old faves from every guitarists open chord repertoire to play around with here so enjoy!
Get the chords here.
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
A fine rendition of Ben E. Kings “Stand By Me” with Rob from the Swift Lessons YouTube channel here. This is a simlified version and another prime example of easy beginner guitar songs to help you keep your friends entertained and loving your playing.
Get a copy of the chords here, you can also add a capo to the 2nd fret for the same key as the original.
Wonderwall – Oasis
Another one for every beginner guitarists repertoire. This is an excellent breakdown of Oasis’ hit “Wonderwall” by Dave from the GuitarZero2Hero YouTube chanenel. This is a great song to learn to improve your strumming.
Get the chords here.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
This catchy little number is another one of those easy beginner guitar songs that are fun to learn. This is a super simple lesson from Eric on Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.
Here are the actual chords Eric uses when adding a capo to the 6th fret and it’s just your C, Am, F and G shapes played there giving it a nice bright and almost calypso type sound.
Imagine – John Lennon
Mimic the piano accompaniment to this masterpiece with just a handful of chords. Here’s a nice and easy lesson from the 5 Minute Guitar YouTube channel of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
You can find the chords and lyrics to guide you in the video description.
No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
Here’s another one of those easy beginner guitar songs to keep you keen. Here’s a nice and simple tutorial from the Good Guitarist YouTube channel to help you get the hang of it quickly.
And here’s a similar chord chart to what’s being used in the video.
Heroes – David Bowie
This is another awesome song to strum away at. Here’s another quick and easy lesson by Justin on how to play David Bowie’s “Heroes”.
Here are the chords Justin is playing.
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
A classic tune and also another great beginners guitar song for you to extend your repertoire. Here’s a nice easy lesson on Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” by Alan Robinson. Impress your nearest and dearest with that iconic intro riff too.
Here are the chords for Alan’s lesson.
(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
Add this wonderful soulful number to your collection and improve your rhythm playing in the process. Here’s a comprehensive lesson from the Your Guitar Success YouTube channel on Otis Reddings’ “The Dock of the Bay”.
You can get the accompanying chord sheet to the video here.
Baby Can I Hold You – Tracy Chapman
A wonderful ballad with some interesting suspended chord patterns. This is another well laid out lesson from Alan Robinson’s YouTube channel on Tracy Chapman’s “Baby Can I Hold You”.
Get the accompanying chord and tab sheet here.
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Every guitarist needs a Clapton number in their locker and here’s a great one to get started with. Here’s an easy but in-depth lesson from Swift Lessons. on “Wonderful Tonight”.
Check out the chords here.
In My Place – Coldplay
This song is a great introduction to barre chords as well as being a beautiful and melodic song to play and sing a long to. This is a great lesson with chord box diagrams from the Musik Man YouTube channel on Coldplay’s “In My Place”
You can get all the music for this song straight from the video.
Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
Here’s Marty again with a catchy little number that will advance your rhythm playing. Eagle Eye Cherry’s “Save Tonight” will challenge your right hand technique but most of the open chords should be quite familiar to you by now.
You can find all the chords conveniently put together here.
There She Goes – The La’s
Again this track has a cool little intro riff you could have a go at. This indy anthem is another one of the easy beginner guitar songs you could master in no time. Here’s the Masterclass YouTube channel with a nice quick lesson on The La’s “There She Goes”.
Get a copy of the chords here.
What Have You Done – Gerry Cinammon
Here’s one you can really rock out to with Gerry Cinnamon. “What Have You Done” features a lot of the chords you will have come across before but there are some quick changes. I couldn’t find a tutorial for this one so here’s the main man himself playing it at the TRNSMT music festival.
Get a copy of the chords here and play around with them.
Hide Your Love Away – The Beatles
Well, we couldn’t leave The Beatles out could we? Here’s Justin again with “Hide Your Love Away”. A great melodic tune from the fab 4. Some quite fast changes to get into and an epic chorus for the last, but by no means least on our list.
Here’s a decent version of the chords here. It’s similar to Justin’s version but leave your pinky on the top string on the 3rd fret to create more authentic chord voicings.
That concludes our list of easy beginner guitar songs..
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