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In this epic free guitar lesson you’re going to learn:
- 10 amazing tracks that are guaranteed to make you sound amazing.
- The #1 tip that will enhance your strumming and musicality.
- 7 super easy songs which will make ANY crowd fall in love with you.
- The secret to learning songs quickly.
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Guitar Music For Beginners | The National Guitar Academy’s Top 10
If you’re looking to learn guitar music for beginners, you’re in the right place.
We’ve created a comprehensive guide of 10 of the best guitar songs for beginners.
These lessons have been carefully hand crafted by some of the finest guitar gurus on the web.
Our goal here is to help you learn how to play guitar music for beginners.
Let’s get started.
1) ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King
If you want to learn guitar music for beginners, the best place to start is with ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben. E King.
Here are a few reasons why it’s fantastic to learn:
- It uses the same four chords all the way through!
- It’s SUPER simple to learn.
- The strumming pattern enhances your musicality.
- It’s a crowd pleaser, everyone loves this song!
If you want to learn this song, you only have to learn 4 chords.
Those chords are:
- C major 7
Here are the chord boxes for those chords:
To learn how to play this song, watch this video:
To change between G6 and Em, simply move your 2nd finger from the 3rd fret on the low E string, to the 2nd fret of the D string.
You just have to move one finger!
If you really want to nail this chord change, practice changing between G6 and Em.
Watch out for the C major 7 and Dsus2 chords, those changes can be tricky. So spend a bit more time practicing these.
To learn more about practicing chord changes, go here: How To Play Guitar Chords
2) Songbird by ‘Oasis’
This song is perfect to learn for beginners.
Let’s find out why:
- It uses two REALLY easy chords, all the way through.
- Learning this strumming pattern will improves your melodic phrasing and strumming knowledge.
- It’s one of Oasis’s secret songs, not many people know how to play this one.
- It’s a great song to practice chord changes.
The chords for this song are:
(If you don't understand the above image please read our article "How To Read Guitar Chordboxes In 60 Seconds". It will make everything clear!)
You might be surprised to find out that a song can be written with just two chords.
Oasis are masters at creating awesome songs with simple chord progression.
‘Songbird’ is no exception.
Watch this video to learn how to play songbird, Andy will show you how:
The chord change between G6 and Em, is one of the easiest chord changes you can play on the guitar. Have fun with it!
The tricky thing with this song is learning how to play the strumming pattern.
Here’s a quick tip which will help your strumming practice:
- Practice your strumming pattern with just one chord.
To make practice as EASY as possible, eliminate changing between chords. This allows you to focus on your strumming.
When you’re ready, re introduce your chord changes.
By doing this, you’ll be nailing this song in no time!
To learn more about strumming patterns go here: How To Strum A Guitar
3) ‘Before You Accuse Me’ by Eric Clapton
This song is a blues classic, if you want to sound like a blues god, learn this song.
Here are a few reasons why this song is fantastic for beginners:
- It’s one of the most used chord progression in history.
- You can play 100’s of songs by just knowing this progression.
- The strumming pattern is a foot stomper!
To play this song you must know these chords:
Here they are:
Watch this video to learn how to play this awesome song:
The great thing about learning a blues progression, is that it can be used elsewhere.
Once you’ve learned how to play it, you can automatically play HUNDREDS of other songs.
Here’s a list of a few classic blues songs which you can play using this progression:
- ‘Johnny B Goode’ by Chuck Berry
- ‘Hound Dog’ by Elvis Presley
- ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ by Stealers Wheel
- ‘Route 66’ by the Rolling Stones
To learn more about blues music, go here: Blues Guitar Lessons For Beginners: 4 Awesome Ways To Sound Awesome Quickly
4) ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk
If you want to learn guitar music for beginners, you must learn this song.
- This song is a crowd pleaser!
- The chords are really simple.
- You get to learn how to use a capo if you learn this song.
- The strumming pattern is funky and inspiring.
For this song you will need to learn:
- A minor 7
- C major 7
- E minor
Here they are:
Get your capos at the ready!
To play this song, you MUST use a capo on the 2nd fret.
Both of these are capos are guaranteed to last for years!
To learn more about capos, go here: How To Use A Capo
How do I play this song?
To learn how to play this song, watch this video:
5) ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz
Even though it was released in 2008, you’d be hard pushed to find someone who doesn’t know the words to this classic.
This is one of the reasons why it’s in our top 10 list of guitar music for beginners.
Here are a few more reasons why you should learn this song:
- The chords are simple and friendly for beginner guitarists.
- It’s a great way to enhance your knowledge about genres and strumming.
- It’s a crowd pleaser, play this at a gig and EVERYONE will be singing along.
To learn this song, you must know these chords:
- E minor
- C major 7
Here they are:
To learn this song, watch this awesome video:
Watch out for the strumming pattern in this tune, make sure you strum on beats 2 and 4.
For example, if we break each beat down.
Usually, we count most songs in music like this:
1 2 3 4
So, sometimes we strum on each of these beats.
However, in ‘I’m Yours’ you’re only going to strum on beats 2 and 4.
1 2 3 4
6) ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift
Taylor swift took the world by storm with this pop anthem.
Here are a few reasons why this song made onto our top 10 list of guitar music for beginners:
- The chords are SUPER easy.
- This song is perfect if you want to add a unexpected cover into your set.
- The strumming pattern instantly enhances your musicality and makes you sound funky!
For this song, you’ll need to know these chords:
- A Minor 7
- C Major 7
To learn how to play this song watch this video:
If you’re struggling with the chord changes in this song, here are a few simple tips that will help you:
- To move from Am7 to C maj 7, move your 2nd finger to the 3rd of the A string first. Then move your first finger to the 2nd fret of the D string.
- To move from C major 7 to G6, move the same shape onto the low E string. Both of these chords share the same fingering, they just start on different strings.
For tips on how to develop your strumming and musicality, click play:
If you’re struggling with the chord change in this song, here are a few simple tips:
- To move from Am7 to C major 7, move your 2nd finger to the 3rd fret of the A string. Then move your first finger to the 2nd fret of the D string.
- To move from C major 7 to G6, move the same shape onto the low E string. Both of these chords use the same fingering, they just start on different strings.
If you’re looking for more guitar music for beginners check out these lessons:
7) The ‘Universal’ 4 Chord Song
Now, here’s a little trick.
We’re going to show you a chord progression which has been used SO many times.
If you can learn this chord progression, you will instantly be able to play 50 songs and more.
Here’s the chord progression:
The F chord is a little trickier than the chords we’ve learned so far, however if you want some tips and guidance on this chord, go here: F Guitar Chord 3 Easy Alternatives
Watch this video by ‘Axis of Awesome’ to see how well these chords blend into some of the world’s most famous songs:
Check out this article by TrueFire, to find out what songs you can play with this progression: 229 Easy Guitar Songs You Can Play With Just Four Chords
As we’ve mainly learned guitar songs so far, our list of top 10 guitar music for beginners wouldn’t be complete without some awesome guitar tabs. Let’s learn some.
8) ‘Sunshine of your love’ by Cream
This one is a classic!
Here are a few reasons why this guitar riff is fantastic to learn if you’re a beginner guitarist:
- It’s simple to learn and feels great under the fingers.
- It’s a great introduction to the blues scale.
- It sounds great with the distortion cranked on your amp.
Before you start learning this riff, make sure your amp settings look like this:
Here’s the tab for this classic song:
To learn this epic guitar riff, watch this video:
This riff is a classic, but can be tricky to get under your fingers.
Watch out for those string changes!
To nail this epic guitar riff, play it slowly.
To learn more guitar riffs, go here: Guitar Tabs For Beginners: 20 Easy Songs That Sound Great
9) ‘Beat It’ by Michael Jackson
This is one of the BEST guitar riffs of the 1990s.
Even though pop icon michael jackson was known for creating some of the world’s catchiest pop songs, occasionally he sneaks in a screamin’ rock riff or two.
‘Beat It’ is no exception. On the record, this classic riff was played by shred guitar god Eddie Van Halen.
Here’s the tab for this epic guitar riff:
To learn how to play this awesome beginner guitar riff, watch this video. Jack will guide you through it, step by step.
The hardest part about this guitar riff is changing between the strings.
Watch out for the jump between the A string and the G string. You may have to practice that part slowly to nail it!
As well as this, the timing of this epic guitar riff can be tricky.
Here are a few tips which will help you nail the rhythm of this essential guitar riff:
- Listen to the song LOTS.
By listening to the song a lot, it will help you nail the timing of this riff. Half of the battle is knowing what the song sounds like.
- Practice with the song.
- Practice the riff to a metronome at varying speeds.
Even though practicing to a metronome isn’t the most inspiring way to practice, it’s definitely one of the most effective.
Practicing to a metronome keeps your timing in check. It’s an essential practice tool.
10) ‘Day tripper’ by The Beatles
This riff was one of the most epic guitar riffs of the 1960s.
The Beatles took the world by storm with this foot stomper.
Here are a few reasons why this essential guitar riff made it onto our top 10 of guitar music for beginners.
- The riff mainly uses the open strings, this means it’s more friendly for beginners.
- It’s a great riff to learn if you want to inject some blues into your playing.
- This riff is perfect to break out at parties, impress your family and friends by learning this killer riff!
Here’s the tab for this killer guitar riff:
To learn this epic guitar riff in more detail, watch this tutorial by Jack:
Here are a few tips and tricks which help you learn guitar music for beginners:
- When learning this guitar riff, don’t rush!
Rushing is the beginner curse, everyone wants to learn how to play things quickly. But rushing stops you from doing this.
I guarantee that if you practice slowly, you will be able to learn this riff quicker than if you played it fast.
- Fret each note evenly.
Each note must have clarity, make sure you fret them correctly!
- Watch out for fret stretches!
In this particular riff, there are a few points where you may have to stretch more than normal! Take your time with these and make sure you don’t hurt yourself 🙂
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We made the Guitar Map so people like you can quickly identify what you don’t know, that you need to know next. We hope that makes sense!?
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