If you are one of Bob Seger fans and looking for some easy songs by him to play on the guitar then you have come to the right place. In this lesson, I have listed out 7 easy songs by Bob Seger that you can easily play on an acoustic guitar.
You won’t find a song in this list that has more than 4 chords which means these songs are perfect for beginners and the ones who are just starting out to learn guitar.
The four common chords that you will find in these songs are G-D-Em-C. Below are the chord diagrams you can refer to.
Here are the 7 easy Bob Seger guitar songs for beginners
1. Turn the Page
‘Turn the Page’ is a single from his ‘Back in 72’ album. I want to put this song at the top of the list because it is the most easiest and melodious song by Seger that you can play on guitar. It is one of my favorites and I often play it in the alone time.
The whole song is about the ups and down faced by a musician on the road while touring for concerts. If you haven’t heard it yet then you should give it a listen. I am sure you are going to love it.
Many rock and metal bands including Metallica did a cover version of this song that I also recommend you to give a listen.
The song starts with an amazing saxophone intro followed by Bob’s vocal and light guitar picking pattern that is very easy. This song doesn’t require a capo and can be played using only four chords i.e, Em-D-A-C.
2. Night Moves
Night Moves is one of the hits that made Bob Seger a national star. This song has many stories behind it but the main theme of the song is the freedom and looseness that he experienced at a certain period of his life.
It is a very easy song with only three open chords, G-C-F with a super simple strumming pattern. If you are a complete beginner then the only thing that will take time to learn in this song is the palm muting part in the strumming pattern.
3. Against the Wind
Bob Seger wrote this one along with The Silver Bullet Band in 1980. After the release of this song it peaked to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later at an interview with WWFX, Seger said this song is all about trying to move ahead while keeping your sanity and integrity at the same time.
The easiest part of this song is the strumming pattern which goes like DD-DU-DU. the chord progression is also pretty simple that goes like G-Bm-C-D-Em. It is perfect for beginners to give it a shot.
4. Hollywood Nights
This one is a great rock song that you can easily play on an acoustic guitar. It was released as the second single from his album Stranger in Town which was released in the year 1978.
In an interview, Seger said the chorus of the song came to his head while driving around in the Hollywood Hills. The song is about 5 minutes long and is in the key of E.
If you want to learn and play the whole song using only one chord shape then watch the video by GuitarJamz.
5. Still The Same
This song is from Seger’s tenth studio album Stranger in Town. According to wikipedia, this song is about a gambler who Seger has admired but chose to walk away because he won’t change. After the release of this song it peaked to number 4 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The song is 3 minutes and 18 seconds long and is in the key of C major. The chord progression of the song goes like C-Em-G. This is also a beginner-friendly song as it has only 3 open chords.
6. Old Time Rock and Roll
This song is also from his tenth studio album ‘Stranger in Town’ which was released in 1978. Many famous artists including Johnny Hallyday, Ronald Eugene Dove, and Status Quo released a cover version of it and included it in their albums. You can check them out on youtube.
On the actual recording Bob played it in E flat tuning so if you want to play along with the song you have to either tune your guitar 1/2 step down or use a capo on the 4th fret and use the chords D-G-A.
If you don’t want to use a capo then you can go with G-C-D chord progression. Refer the lesson below to learn the whole song in detail.
7. Fire Lake
Originally Bob planned to include this song in his eighth studio album ‘Beautiful Loser’ but as it was not completed he released it in his eleventh studio album ‘Against the Wind’.
You can hear three members from the band Eagles (Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Timothy B. Schmit) singing ‘Who wants to go to fire lake?’ as backing vocals in this song.
The strumming pattern of the song has a swing feel to it that you can learn in the video above. The chords for the verse are A-E-F#m and for the chorus, the chords are D-C#m-F#m-Bm.
I have included this song at the last because it has more than four chords and include barre chords. Refer this tab for the capo version of this song.
Make sure to learn one song at a time and not rush. I have attached a video lesson below each song so that you don’t have to waste time searching for it. I hope you like these 7 easy Bob Seger songs to play on guitar. If you do then don’t forget to share it.