In this article, I have listed out 12 easy guitar songs that you can play without the capo. These songs have the simplest chord progression and strumming patterns and are best for beginners. If you are just starting out on guitar then this set of songs will be very helpful for you.
Most of the songs on the list have a maximum of four chords and they are all basic and open chords. The good thing is these songs don’t require any advanced guitar techniques.
The four most used chords you will find in these songs are D, G, C, E. Below are its chord diagrams that you can refer in case you are not aware of these open chords.
I have linked each song with its tabs, chords, and youtube tutorial so that it will be easy for you to find it. So, let’s have a look.
Here are 12 easy no capo guitar songs for beginners
This song was originally written and composed by Vance Joy. This is actually an ukulele song that you can also play on acoustic guitar. To sound like the record you need to use the capo in the first fret. Without the capo the chords are mentioned below.
This song has 4 basic chords Am-G-C-F and 3 strumming patterns one for intro, verse, pre-chorus, the second one for chorus, and the third one for the bridge. It is a great beginner song that you can try on the guitar without a capo.
2. All Of Me ( John Legend )
John Legend originally wrote this song which is a dedication to his wife Chrissy Teigen. This song is John’s first song to reach number one spot on Billboard Hot 100.
The original song is a capo version where you have to use it on the 1st fret. Without the capo, the chords for this song are Em-C-G-D and the strumming pattern for the intro and verse is DDD DDD DDD DDD and for the chorus, it is D DU DU.
3. Hey Soul Sister ( Train )
This song was originally written by the Patrick Monahan ( lead singer of Train ) along with Amund Bjørklund, and Espen Lind. The song starts with a ukulele intro followed by the vocals and drums which sounds awesome. Though it is a ukulele song, you can play it on the guitar and it is a good song for newbies.
The chords for the song are G-D-Em-C without the capo and the strumming pattern of the songs goes like D DU DU DU D DU DU DU.
4. Perfect ( Ed Sheeran )
This is a very popular guitar song which is originally written by Ed Sheeran. In the record the guitars are played with the capo in the first fret but you can play it without the capo.
The chords for the song without the capo are G-Em-C-D for the verse, G-Em-C-G-D for pre-chorus, Em-C-G-D for the chorus, and G-Em-C-D for the interlude.
The strumming pattern for the song is DDD DDD DDD DDD for each bar. There are small changes in the strumming pattern in some parts that you can learn here. Perfect Guitar Tutorial.
5. Happier ( Ed Sheeran )
This is a sad-love acoustic guitar song that you can play with or without the capo. Released in 2018, happier is a pop song written by Ed Sheeran. The song starts with a melodious guitar riff followed by the vocals and drums. If you have heard this song then you will agree with me that this song has country vibes to it.
The song has only 3 chords and the progression of the song goes like Am7-F-C. The strumming pattern of the song goes like DU DU DU DU D D D.
Wonderwall is an amazing song that you should learn on an acoustic guitar. The crispy and simple strumming pattern behind the song is very ear pleasing and makes this song a must learn.
To get the sound as in the record you have to use the capo in the second fret and the chords will be E-A-D-G-B-E.
For no capo version, the intro chord progression goes like Em9#, G, Dsus4, and A7sus4. Here is an awesome tutorial of Wonderwall ( no capo ) by Marcos Alberto that you can refer to for more details like strumming pattern and chord progression for the bridge and verse of the song.
7. Turn the Page
Turn the page is again a simple and great acoustic guitar song, sung by Bob Seger that you can play without the capo. The song is about the situations a rock artist faces along the road while touring for concerts. The song starts with a cowboy-style guitar riff in the key of E minor. The full chord progression of the song looks like Em, D, A, and returns to E minor. It has a couple more variations in the chord progression that is easy and newbie-friendly.
8. Dusk Till Dawn
Dusk till dawn is once again an easy beginner guitar song sung and recorded by Zayn in the year 2017. The chord progression for the song goes like Am, F, C, and G without the capo. You can also hear a simple arpeggiated melody behind the song which is very easy to learn.
The strumming pattern for the song goes like D D UU DD. The chords and strumming pattern are the same for the verse, prechorus and chorus section of song.
Havana is a popular pop song sung by Camila Cabello that you can play on an acoustic guitar without the capo. This song also features famous rapper Young Thug. This song was originally written by Camila Cabello and released in the year 2018.
The song has only 3 chords i.e, Em, Cmaj7 and B7. The whole song revolves around these 3 chords which makes this song perfect for beginners. The strumming pattern goes like D DUDUDU UD UDU. To learn the song in detail refer to this lesson.
10. Fly Me To The Moon
Fly me to the moon is originally written by Bart Howard and Kaye Ballard in the year 1954. This is one of the best songs that you can play without the capo. The chord progression of the song goes like C-Am7-Dm-G-F-Em. There are a couple of variations in the progression that will create any problem and are easy to learn.
The strumming pattern of the song goes like D D DUDU which is a folk pattern. Here is a lesson of this song.
11. Love Story by Taylor Swift
Love story is a popular love song by Taylor Swift that has one of the simple chord progression and a couple of super simple strumming patterns. The chords for the song goes like D-G-Bm-A. You can play only downstrokes for the first bar and for the next part the pattern changes to D DU U DU. Refer to this lesson by Good Guitarist to learn the song in detail.
12. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
This song was originally written by Christina Perri along with David Hodges and released in the year 2011. This pop song is also very easy to learn as it has only open chords and a super easy strumming pattern. The chord progression without the capo goes like C-Am-F-C-G and the strumming pattern for the song is D DU DU.