Guitar Music For Beginners – 10 Tracks That Sound Amazing

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
  • G6

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To learn how to play this song watch this video:

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:

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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:

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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:

guitar music for beginners Here’s the tab for this classic song:

guitar music for beginners

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:

guitar music for beginners

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:

guitar music for beginners

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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