Top 10 Easy Songs to Learn on Guitar for Beginners

Easy songs to learn on guitar

Learning and playing songs are the best way to practice guitar and have fun at the same time. It’s good to practice all the exercises, techniques, and drills but sometimes learning to play an easy song can be liberating. Even an easy song contains all the elements that can improve your picking, strumming, and chord changing ability.

So, today while searching some topics to write, I thought why not list some easy songs that you can learn on guitar. These songs in this list have the simplest and easiest chord progression and strumming pattern.

Here are 10 easy songs to learn on guitar for beginners

1. Knocking on heavens door

2. Turn the page

3. Let it be

4. Patience

5. Don’t Cry

6. Zombie

7. You are beautiful

8. Broken

9. Hotel California

10. Californication

1. Knocking on heaven door

Though the original song was composed and sung by Bob Dylan, most of the guitarists love to play the Guns and Roses cover version of it. The song starts in G chord and from there the progression goes like G, D, Am, and then G, D, and C. If you haven’t heard this song yet then it should be in your priority list. You can almost play this song anywhere and it will match the vibe. As I mentioned it has the simplest of chord progression and strumming pattern. Give it a check if you haven’t.

2. Turn the page

This song is about a man’s difficulties he has to experience while on-road, touring for concerts. This song is also covered by the popular metal band Metallica with a metal feel to it. The original song is purely acoustic and the chord progression includes E minor, D major, A major, and Cmajor. The strumming pattern is also easy. This acoustic song is a must-learn as a guitarist. Doesn’t matter if you play it alone, with friends, or in a campfire, it always gives a great feel.

3. Let it be

Let it be is a Billboard hit single by The Beatles that all the guitar teachers recommend the newer players to learn. It is a soft and mellow song that can be played anywhere. George Harrison’s guitar solo in this song makes it even better as said by many fans. Some fans even said that the guitar solo took this song to a higher level.

4. Patience

Patience is an acoustic song recorded by the popular rock and roll band Guns and Roses. It is a great and easy song to learn on guitar. This song also has an easy and simple guitar solo played by Slash which you can also put in your learning list. One can hear a guitar intro by Slash and whistles by Axle Rose at the starting of this song. If you really like soft and mellow songs then you must try out this song.

5. Don’t Cry

Don’t cry is again a song by Guns and Roses that you can give a check. Though it is a rock song that includes distortion and heavy guitars, one can play it easily on an acoustic. The clean intro and the guitar solo is what makes this song a legendary one. The song is in the key a minor and chord progression is also simple.

6. Zombie

Zombie is a hit single by The Cranberries and one of the easy songs you can learn on guitar. The original mix is filled with heavy guitars and drums but can be played in acoustic. The chords for the song are E minor, C major, G major and D major.

7. You Are Beautiful

This song is one of the best and easy love song by James Blunt that you can try on acoustic guitar. The mellow intro in the key of G is what makes this song pleasing to the ears and a must learn for newer players. There are various versions available for this song. Select one that you find it easy and learn it.

8. Broken

Broken is sad love song by the band Seether. It is one of my personal favorite. This song has two versions out of which one is unplugged. The finger-style intro of this song which is in the key of E minor just sounds very pleasing to the ears. If you find it hard to play the intro then you can skip it for now. Apart from that the song chord progression and strumming pattern is easy for newbies.

9. Hotel California

Everybody knows this song for its legendary fingerstyle intro. For new learners I recommend to skip the intro and just learn the chord progression which is progressive yet simple. This song is a total finger exercise in itself.

10. Californication

Californication is a clean and simple song by the band Red Hot Chilli Peppers, that you must try and learn on the guitar. Starts with a clean intro on A minor and F major followed by a simple chord progression and strumming pattern.

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