If you’re new to the guitar, here is a starter guide of the first ten songs you should learn how to play. We have included chords and audio for each song.
Easy Songs for Beginners
Learn how to play guitar with these easy songs for beginners. Each song is a beginner lesson that shows you how to play the chords, strum along and/or pick the notes. New songs added all the time so check back!
This single-guitar arrangement of Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love” explores using arpeggios and open string chord voicings to create a fitting accompaniment to this wonderful song.
Here is an easy fingerstyle arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s “The Circle Game,” done in open G tuning. As always, we’ll walk you through it step by step.
This single-guitar arrangement of America’s “Ventura Highway” focuses on strumming but also adds little fills to give it a similar style to the original recording.
Here’s a single guitar arrangement of Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” from their album American Idiot, that is both simple to play and manages to keep the flavor of the original recording.
This simple arrangement of Green Day’s “Time of Your Life” is a great lesson on letting the notes dictate how you pick them, instead of relying solely on downstroke picking or alternate picking.
As you learn more and more techniques, you should start trying to incorporate them into the songs you already know. We’ll take a very easy song and come up with some interesting things we can do for arranging it for the single guitar.
Surprise! You can learn how to use barre chords effectively while learning America’s “Sister Golden Hair.”