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15 Easy Guitar Songs for Any Beginner Player

15 Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners

We've compiled a list of 15 easy, beginner, guitar songs that can help to get any player started.

 

A lot of the songs below require a capo and it’s highly recommended for any guitarist as it can be a great benefit to your playing. These songs contain the basics of chords and chord progressions to help you learn and improve your skills, while also teaching you how to play your favorites! You can also continue to learn after these foundational songs through our ArtistWorks Guitar Schools.

 

Sweet Caroline // Neil Diamond

 

A classic song that all know the chorus to, Sweet Caroline is a great way to learn a few more basic chords and get a hold of some barre chords to improve your finger-strength and playing.

I’ll Fly Away // American Traditional

 

Known as a true gospel hymn, I’ll Fly Away is a great song for any gospel/hymn lover out there. With only four chords, it’s a great pick for any guitarists who want to step out of their comfort zone, but still stick to the basics.

Stay With Me // Sam Smith

 

Stay With Me will forever be the breakup song of the 2010s, maybe it’s the sound or maybe it’s just Sam Smith pouring his heart out in the lyrics. Although the chords are on the cusp of intermediate in some parts, the challenge is worth it as many songs match the chord progressions such as Say Something by A Great Big World and Skinny Love by Bon Iver. Epic mashups, anyone?

Smoke on the Water // Deep Purple

 

Everyone knows the riff to Smoke on the Water, and that’s why it’s made the list. With it’s memorable riffs and easy chords, this song is a great start for all those lovers of classic Rock N’ Roll.

Smells Like Teen Spirit // Nirvana

 

Likely Nirvana’s most popular song ever, Smells Like Teen Spirit is a great starter song as it’s tune is easy to catch on to and the chords are few and simple.

Seven Nation Army // The White Stripes

Although The White Stripes have since disbanded, their hit song Seven Nation Army remains in the musical hall of fame for it’s easily recognized bass riff that makes up the amazing song. Seven Nation Army is a great piece to practice tab reading and general chord playing that focuses on rhythm.

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) // Green Day

With only 5 chords, this popular Green Day song is a great start for anyone interested in some classic punk rock and wants a solid introduction. Don’t let the “add9” or other complicated-sounding chords scare you, they’re a lot easier than they seem in this song.

All the Small Things // Blink 182

Say it ain’t so, anyone can play this song? It’s true. With only three chords (C,F,G) All the Small Things is easily simplified so anyone can strum along next time they feel like singing this great song by Blink 182

 

Amazing Grace // American Traditional

 

Another classic hymn, Amazing Grace is fun and easy to play, with some of the most basic chords a guitar has to offer. For those who value good ‘ol American roots, this is the song for you.

Chasing Cars // Snow Patrol

Popular in the mid-2000s, Chasing Cars is a great starter song thanks to its basic chord progressions that any novice guitarist can pick up if they practice. It’s also a great song to practice your finger-picking.

Clocks // Coldplay

This is another song where even as time passes by like a ticking clock, the iconic piano riff continues to imprint itself in our memories. Although the riff is more advanced to play, it is possible nevertheless. However, the simplified chords for this song is what makes this list, creating an opportunity for any player to learn it.

Hey There Delilah // Plain White T’s

A typical love ballad that stole the hearts of teen girls all over, Hey There Delilah is sure to get you the romance you deserve, and it’s easy to learn as well. With a basic and popular chord progression, this Plain White T’s song is great for any beginners.

21 Guns // Green Day

One of Green Day’s more popular pieces, 21 Guns is a great way to get your basics down on chords and strumming. With only a handful of basic chords, you’ll be playing like a pro in no time.

Hey, Soul Sister // Train

Once a chart-topper, Hey Soul Sister is a great song to pick up if you want to have a few well-known songs up your sleeve. With just a handful of chords, this song is made for beginners, but still allows room for growth and a challenge.

I’m Yours // Jason Miraz

I won’t hesitate no more, so last but not least, I’m Yours by Jason Miraz is another song that swooned teenage girls. Luckily, it’s also a great and easy song to learn on any stringed instrument, from a guitar to even a ukulele.

Keep learning after these foundational songs through our ArtistWorks Guitar Schools.

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