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Hi Guys,

Just bought my first electric guitar after 2 years on the acoustic. I'm just interested to hear what sort of songs would be good to learn as a starter? What did you lot learn when you first picked up the electric?

I've a pretty diverse taste in music so any suggestions at all would be appreciated.



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CCR's Green River. It's simple fretting wise, but it's got slides, hammer ons, pull offs...all that good stuff :) Especially the intro/signature slide riff that's the fulcrum of the song. That screams 'electric guitar'. For me, it's never gotten old; I still give it a run through during any extended practice session. Enjoy!


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Metallica - Enter Sandman.....

It's pretty easy and sounded cool back in the day. If you've been playing for 2 years it's not exactly going to stretch you though, but I guess you can practise chugging away with palm muted power chords :)

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"Day Tripper" -- classic riff

Well we all shine on--like the moon and the stars and the sun.
-- John Lennon

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It depends on what your goals on electric guitar will be. If you intend to play rock music, then I suggest you look into playing some blues, which is the foundation of most rock music. Check out the book, Blues You Can Use. Lots of good stuff in there, plenty of songs, and a CD to play along with. That should get you started nicely!

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Back in the day, the first thing I did was do what all my favorite artists were doing then, tune to Drop C. Now a days I do a lot of improv and stuff. Once I get my technique down a bit better I'm going to start learning songs from my new favorite artists.

I've made a radical change in listening choices over the past 2 years. Gone from Metalhead to everything. Sure, everyonce and a while I'll listen to system of a down or something, but its a lot of classic rock and blues for me now.

The first song I learned to play was "Toxicity" by System of a Down. For metal, they are real creative, and I still like em.

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I recommend Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin and Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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I'll seriously date myself back to the Stone Age, once again.. :wink:
My first electric guitar work was Luther Perkins' leads on Cash's Folsom Prison and Big River..Sun records cuts.
First instrumental (Dance With The) Guitar Man....Duane Eddy.

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i played bass before guitar so alot of them i tabbed over but the first song i learned was probably up around the bend by ccr it sounded hard but its simple after you get the rythm down

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Ha, the first song I learned was House of the Rising Sun and then Venus. :D

Then it was probably anything I could figure out by Black Sabbath.


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Louie, Louie. 8)

late '63.
oh baby now.
we gotta go.

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Stairway and under the bridge can be played just fine on acoustic.

How about Sweet Child O Mine? Always loved that riff.

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My memory is pretty fuzzy here but I will guess that the first song I learned was Smoke On The Water. Everyone should know this song. Rock You Like A Hurricane came pretty soon after that.

Living After Midnight - Judas Priest
Hold On Loosely - 38 Special

Another good song that might be pretty easy to learn is Stacy's Mom by Fountains of Wayne, great Song.

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My first on an electric was something by David Bowie - either Jean Genie or Ziggy Stardust. It's more likely to be Jean Genie. Queen were definitely next on my hitlist - try "Tie your Mother Down" if you want a straightforward riff


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1st song I learned was Paranoid by Black Sabbath. Pretty easy, and Vic has it posted over on the Easy Songs forum if you're interested.


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