Easy Songs for Beginners

Learn how to play guitar with easy guitar songs. Each song is a beginner lesson that shows you how to play the chords, and then strum or pick the song.

Not sure where to start? We have a list of the first ten songs you should learn to play on guitar.

Van Morrison Live

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.

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Joni Mitchell

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.

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Ventura Highway

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.

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Billie Joe Armstrong

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.

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Green Day

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.

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Kurt Cobain

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.

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Jerry Garcia

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.

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Sister Golden Hair

Surprise! You can learn how to use barre chords effectively while learning America’s “Sister Golden Hair.”

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