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10 Easy Songs To Play On Guitar

Would you like to be able to play a bunch of easy & great sounding songs on the guitar?

In this blog post you’ll learn 10 easy songs to play on guitar. The great thing about most of these songs is that they use simple open major and minor guitar chords, and a number of the songs use the simple D  D  U   U  D  U strumming pattern, or some variation of it.

If you’re not sure how to play a particular chord, simply click on the chord you’re not sure how to play, and a chord chart showing you how to play it will open up.

1. Wild Thing by The Troggs

Guitar chords used in this song:

1. A Major
2. D Major
3. E Major

The strumming pattern used in most of this song is:

  • 2 x Strums on A
  • 2 x Strums on D
  • 2 x Strums on E
  • 2 x Strums on D

Tips for playing this song:

  1. Start off nice and slow
  2. Get your chord changes right to avoid having awkward pauses and stops
  3. What identifies this song is its rhythm so play around with it and have some fun

2. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

Guitar chords used in this song:

  1. G Major
  2. C Major
  3. D Major
  4. E Minor

The strumming pattern used:

  • D     D  U     U  D

Tips for playing this song:

  1. If you’re new to the guitar, don’t get stuck on the intro riff. Focus initially on the main sections of the song (ie. verse, chorus etc..)

3. Stand By Me by Ben E. King

Guitar chords used in this song:

  1. A Major
  2. F # Minor
  3. D Major
  4. E Major

The strumming pattern used:

  • D     D  U     U  D  U

Tips for playing this song:

  1. When forming the F# minor, use the edge of your index finger when barring the strings. Doing this means you won’t need to press down as hard.
  2. Also use your middle finger to help your index finger press the strings down.

4. Good Riddance by Green Day

Guitar chords used in this song:

  1. G Major
  2. Cadd9
  3. D Major
  4. E Minor

The strumming pattern used:

  • D     D  U     U  D  U

Tips for playing this song:

  1. If you’re just starting out on the guitar, instead of using the strumming pattern, you can use just one down strum on the first beat to help give you enough time to get to each chord.

5. Bad Moon Rising by CCR

Guitar chords used in this song:

  1. D Major
  2. A Major
  3. G Major

The strumming pattern used:

  • D     D        U  D  U

Tips for playing this song:

  1. The strumming pattern is very similar to the other strumming patterns used in the above songs with the exception of an upstroke taken out.
  2. There is a slight tweak in intro section on the A and D chords, so keep an eye out for that :-)

6. Last Kiss by Pearl Jam

Guitar chords used in this song:

  1. G Major
  2. E Minor
  3. C Major
  4. D Major

The strumming pattern used:

  • D     D  U     U  D  U

Tips for playing this song:

  1. This song simply repeats the chord progression G  –> Em –> C –> D throughout the entire song, making it a great song to learn when starting out.

7. Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry

Guitar chords used in this song:

  1. A Minor
  2. F Chord
  3. C Major
  4. G Major

The strumming pattern used:

  • D    D    D    D  U

Tips for playing this song:

  1. When starting out, don’t worry about doing all those fancy hammerons. This will only frustrate you. Instead focus on getting the chord changes and strumming pattern down pat, then add them later on.

8. Closing Time by Semisonic

Guitar chords used in this song:

  1. G Major
  2. D Major
  3. A Minor
  4. C Major

The strumming pattern used:

  • D    D    D    D  U

Tips for playing this song:

  1. You can empathize the first and third down strum, or even just the third down strum to jazz up the strumming pattern.

9. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

Guitar chords used in this song:

  1. G Major
  2. D Major
  3. C Major
  4. E Minor

The strumming pattern used:

  • D        U  D  U  D  U

Tips for playing this song:

  1. Play the G Major chord with 4 fingers like you would in ‘Good Riddance’ by Green Day. This will help your chord change from G major to D Major.
  2. You can pick out notes to play in the progression, or just strum it.

10. Knocking On Heavens Door by Bob Dylan

Guitar chords used in this song:

  1. G Major
  2. D Major
  3. A Minor
  4. E Minor

The strumming pattern used:

  • D     D  D  U  D    D  D  U

Tips for playing this song:

  • You can play this song by using simple down strums
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  1. Hi,Have you got video lessons for these songs..
    Andrew

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