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The Return of Easy Songs for Beginners

I’m really excited to announce the return of Easy Songs for Beginners. We now have a license agreement to use copyrighted lyrics and melodies in these specific songs. Over the next few months we’re going to bring back some your favorite easy song lessons and also start adding brand new ones! The best part is it’s not going to cost you anything.

There are all sorts of websites, apps, books and videos for learning guitar. How many of them really teach guitar the way you want to learn? Most of you probably picked up the guitar because you wanted to play songs. Even if you’re already in a band or really just want to write your own songs you’ve still got to start somewhere.

This is where Guitar Noise’s Easy Songs for Beginners come in.

I started this website back when I was a beginner myself. I wanted something that would really help me learn guitar. I couldn’t find what I was looking for so I created the kind of website I would want to use. From there it grew into a passion project and all these years later I still haven’t given up on it.

As the site grew in popularity and new friends came onto the scene, we wound up shaping our teaching style around your feedback. The Guitar Noise Easy Songs for Beginners lessons grew out of that. I’d never even seen an easy song for beginners lesson before David sent me the first one, “Horse with No Name,” over ten years ago. Instead of simply giving someone the lyrics and the chords (the tablature sites do), David’s lessons gave you step by step instructions on both what to do and why. And the quality of instruction of his lessons is still, in my opinion, among the best you can get on the Internet, free or otherwise.

And you obviously thought so, too. The feedback we received from you told us right away that we were really connecting with guitarists on a level they wanted. The divide between the teaching side of the Internet and yours started getting smaller.

Finally, we can continue doing that again.

We plan on adding new lessons every month. For those with song requests, please bear in mind that these lessons take a long time to put together. A tremendous amount of work goes into making something that goes well beyond a tabbed out version of the song. Our goal with these lessons has always been to teach you things that will work in other songs you play. Copyright agreements have to be worked out on a song by song basis, so now we also have the extra step of getting the music publishers, and in some cases the songwriters, on board to share their music. We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us.

This has been a long time coming and we can’t thank you enough for both your patience and support. It thrills me to know that there are people out there playing guitar – people who might have given up or not succeeded without this site.

If you ever find yourself playing one of these songs, whether it’s for your roommate or an entire room full of strangers, please be kind to us and let them know where you learned it.

As always, we look forward to hearing from you. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.


  1. Howard
    December 28th, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    Great news that you’;ve managed to make progress on this – without wanting to be greedy – is it just the last half dozen or so (REM and Plain White Ts and a couple of non-copyright ones) that you’ve got clearance for? Your ealier lessons inspired me and I’d love to go back to all the ones I missed – I was so disappointed when you were forced to remove the tabs and kicked myself for all the ones I’d not got around to learning…will I get a second chance? Also – is it different here in the UK from the US – that might explain it.
    Even without the songs I still love the site and hope you can keep up the great work.

  2. bobé
    December 17th, 2011 @ 5:41 am

    Great to see your back .
    a wonderful tool is this website, and culture and talent will be created through this, on the contrary to what edition professional pretend when they say that sharing these kind of resources kills creation.
    Long life to guitar noise, never give up the fight

  3. bob
    December 4th, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    had just started learning when your site had problems. living in an isolated moor,i just couldnt find my “mojo” so glad to see you back. amazed in this cynical world that access to such talent and genuine will to give knowledge is free. God bless you

  4. Malcolm
    November 26th, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    This is great news!

    I always like to see David’s approach to songs that I like, both for adding extra touches to songs I already know and for learning good arrangements of songs that I haven’t figured out yet. And hopefully other guitar players can get the same sort of inspiration that I got out of the lessons…

    A few years back, going through some of these lessons really gave me the boost I needed to get over the wall I had run into with my guitar playing. Since that little emotional boost I haven’t looked back and am still adding to my repetoire and musical vocabulary. A shortage of practice/playing time is my only holdback these days.


  5. Vaughn
    November 16th, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    I am delighted on the return of your lesson resources!!!!! So glad I decided not to delete the link or unsubscribe from the newsletter!!!!

    • David Hodge
      November 16th, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

      As are we!



  6. Dave (not that one) Clark
    November 15th, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    When I play Wish You Were Here I always get asked where I learned it. Thanks for all the hard work, Paul & David.

  7. Jon
    November 12th, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    I’m so glad to hear this! Was so upset when I saw the ‘where have all the guitar tabs gone’ message.

    Well done for sorting it all out, and thanks for persisting. This is what the internet is all about – people sharing decent resources and helping one another out. Keep up the great work.

  8. Fede Aniorte
    November 12th, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    Guitarnoise’s easy songs for beginners was the reason I took up the guitar.
    Wonderful job, Paul, David and all the others.
    Thanks from Spain.

  9. Mike
    November 12th, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    Thanks you guys are the best.

  10. Guitar Noise Staff
    November 11th, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    “Horse With No Name” is in the queue. I don’t have an exact date yet. We’d like to make some improvements to the lesson before reinstating it. But sometime soon for sure.

    – Paul

  11. Mike
    November 11th, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    When are you going to reinstate Horse With No Name

  12. mike r
    November 10th, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    I started playing about 4 years ago and this site was my primary learning guide. i’m happy to see it’s up and running again. I’m looking forward to having the music back. Thanks!!!!

  13. Craig
    November 8th, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    Your site was the only one that I had found that I truly felt like I was learning from. It is great to have these songs back. Thanks for hanging in there.

  14. Clive
    November 6th, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    Your website has changed so much about my life. I look forward to visiting daily and I mean daily. Thanks so much for all the wonderful work you guys put into your lessons and to David : You are an awesome teacher and through your podcasts I sense you must be a great individual. Thanks again.

  15. Ben
    November 5th, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    Thanks heaps for persevering to get this up and running again, the lessons are by far the best resource I have found on the net and was devastated when they were taken down… can’t wait to get back into them again!! :)

  16. Jeffrey
    November 5th, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    Incredibly excited to see this coming back. The site had helped so much before that I can’t wait to get back into. Thanks for all you do. You guys are great.

  17. diginit
    November 3rd, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    why else would i spend so much time on The Streets of Laredo :)
    Thank you for these and coming lessons

  18. Mike
    November 3rd, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    I am adding this to be able to get email follow ups.

  19. Mike
    November 3rd, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    You guys are awesome. Thank you.

  20. Little_Tee
    November 3rd, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    I think I would have been one of those who might have given up. Thanks for those great lessons. Great to hear they’ll be coming back!

  21. kayvaan
    November 3rd, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Congratulations! An amazing resource is back!