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.
Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners
You can learn how to play guitar with these free easy guitar songs for beginners. Each song is a lesson that will get you started on playing chords, strumming and picking guitar. Starting with guitar chords and tab, we also tell you the important things you need to know about technique. At the end of each lesson you'll have something new to add to your bag of guitar tricks that you can try out in other songs.
Every easy guitar song lesson is written by our lead-editor David Hodge, author of the Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar books.
Not sure where to start? We have a list of the first ten songs you should learn to play on guitar.
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.
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.”
There’s a little bit of everything in this lesson, from easy arpeggios and strumming to some basic Travis style finger picking patterns. As always, David picks the song apart into small pieces that even many beginners can get with some concerted practice. Have fun learning this Harry Chapin classic!
Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet doesn’t take long to learn. We only need three chords and even a relative beginner will be able to impress their friends.
Dan Lasley shares a fun lesson with us. It’s a bass lesson to accompany our easy guitar song lesson on Van Morrison’s Moondance.
Van Morrison’s Moondance is an intriguing piece because it is very easy to play (chord-wise); but it takes a little extra thought to make it sound good.
Learn to play The Wallflowers’ “Three Marlenas” – picking up some easy and interesting chord changes and strumming tips along the way!
Our lesson of A Horse With No Name continues with advice on how to spice up your strumming as well as a look at the solo from the original recording.