Good Guitar Songs for Intermediate Guitar Players

Here are some good intermediate songs to learn for guitar. Just like our easy guitar song lessons, these arrangements of popular songs will help take your guitar playing to the next level.

Mar13
Simon and Garfunkel

Most of this song involves simple patterns that are repeated during each verse. There is some very interesting and intricate fingerstyle guitar playing.

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Jan12
John Prine

This is an arrangement that most beginners can handle, plus we get into some discussion about choosing keys and chord voicings when creating arrangements.

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Nov16
Mark Knopfler

David looks at how to go beyond the chords on a typical Internet tab sheet in order to get more of the flavor of the original of this great Mark Knopfler song.

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May18
Bob Dylan

Here is a rather faithful arrangement of the closing song from Bob Dylan’s immortal album, Blood on the Tracks. Excellent practice for finger picking technique.

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Feb06
Kansas Dust in the Wind

This is another one of those songs that could easily have gotten onto the “Easy Songs for Beginners” page, especially if you’ve already worked on the two Guitar Noise Lessons on Travis style finger picking. While you’ll have to work at this one a bit, it’s not beyond the grasp of a beginner who’s ready to practice!

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Jan16
Who's Next

Don’t be put off by the “Intermediate” tag as beginners should have little problems putting this classic Who song into their repertoires. This is a great lesson on why playing strictly “by the record” can tie you up in knots and how important it is to simply have a good feel for the overall flavor of the song.

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Nov17
59th Street Bridge

We’re going to combine a very simple walking bass with some of our Travis picking (and “pinching”) and create a light, lilting arrangement of this Simon and Garfunkel song. Even beginners can tag along as we’ll be using chord shapes that involve only one or two fingers of the fretting hand!

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Apr01
Dire Straits Brothers In Arms

This is more of a mini-lesson, taking a song you know with fairly easy chords and coming up with an arrangement that will work for the single guitar. And with a simple strumming pattern and the strategic use of a capo, even beginners can have some fun with it.

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