It can take time for you to feel comfortable with your instrument.
Sadly, some students of guitar give up before they get to the good part. They practice the same one or two exercises they know over and over and wonder why they don’t improve.
You need some variety in your practice routine. You need to try different things. You may even need to attempt dozens of scales, songs, and chords until something finally clicks.
So, here are 10 best easy guitar songs to learn for beginners.
1. “Seven Nation Army” By The White Stripes Is An Easy Guitar Song To Learn
Please ignore the fact that The White Stripes‘ Jack White is using an effect to make his guitar sound like a bass guitar. He isn’t tuned down or anything. You can play this song in standard tuning.
Now, you may not be able to play the whole song. And some beginners are discouraged by that, but I don’t see the problem. Contrary to what some guitar teachers say, you can learn just riffs and get far as a guitar player.
So, work on the intro/verse part, because you can play it all on just one string, and it only consists of five notes.
2. “Ocean Pearl” By 54-40
The Tragically Hip sound-alike, 54-40, offers up a brain-dead, repetitive, mid-tempo song in the form of “Ocean Pearl”. The intro/verse riff is perfect for beginners. Again, the other parts in this song may not be beginner-friendly, so don’t worry about that.
“But when do I get to play a cool song?”, I can hear you saying. And the answer is simple – when you get good at guitar. You can’t expect to sound like your guitar hero overnight. Just trust me and work on the songs on this list. Seriously.
3. Pic up “Play That Funky Music” By Wild Cherry
Now, this is a song with a lot of underlying complexities. But you know the main guitar riff the song begins with? Literally any guitar player could learn to play it.
So, again, don’t worry about the chorus and the other parts in the song. Work on the intro riff. You should be able to master it in a relatively short amount of time.
4. “Oh, Pretty Woman” By Roy Orbison Is Great For Beginners
Come on, man, Roy was the ultimate cool guy. I bet you don’t know anyone half as cool as Roy.
Anyway, there’s nothing overly complicated about the intro riff in the much-covered and highly influential hit, “Oh, Pretty Woman.” And let’s be honest – that’s the part everyone remembers.
Take some time to learn the intro, and don’t worry about the rest. It can open a ton of doors for you.
5. You Can Learn To Play “Day Tripper” By The Beatles Fast
I have no idea how many modern-day musicians The Beatles have influenced. Practically all!
Many of their songs aren’t the hardest in the world to play. But the well-recognized intro/verse riff in “Day Tripper” is one of the easier to learn.
You can ignore the rest of the song, but you should learn this riff. Don’t make this the first song you learn, but after you’ve become comfortable playing songs with multiple strings, give it a try.
6. “Smoke on the Water” By Deep Purple Is A Song You’ll Quickly Pick Up
Even people who haven’t heard the real song have heard this song. That’s how influential it has been on the hard rock and heavy metal genres.
From the intro to the chorus, all guitar parts in this song are relatively easy. You will have to skip the solo for now, however.
As you might have guessed, I would suggest working on just the intro for now. While it does involve playing two strings at a time – which takes some getting used to – it’s still quite easy.
7. “Beat It” By Michael Jackson
Playing the main riff in “Beat It” is a lot like learning to play “Oh, Pretty Woman” or “Day Tripper”. Although you use multiple strings, you only play one note at a time.
Granted, the timing in this one is a little trickier than the others. Start by practicing it slow, and only speed it up as you are able.
Note: the guitars are tuned down in this song, so you may not sound exactly in tune with the song if you play along with it. Most tabs, however, are accurate, so focus on the timing and don’t worry about sounding exactly like the recording.
8. “Sunshine of Your Love” By Cream
Anyone can learn to play the intro part in “Sunshine of Your Love”. Just don’t attempt the rest of the song unless you’re comfortable with a variety of chord shapes and lead guitar. When you listen carefully, you can hear Eric Clapton using dominant 7th chord shapes in the verses.
This is another classic guitar rock song that every beginner should try.
9. “Come As You Are” By Nirvana
All Nirvana songs are easy when you know how to play power chords. But if you aren’t there yet, try the intro to “Come As You Are”.
As with “Beat It”, the guitars in this song are tuned down, so when you play along, you won’t sound exactly like the recording. That’s okay, just try to get the rhythm right.
10. “Satisfaction” By The Rolling Stones Is One Of The Best Easy Guitar Songs To Learn For Beginners
You may not be entirely “satisfied” when you learn to play the main riff in “Satisfaction”. Not only is it over-the-top simple, it doesn’t even sound right without the rest of the band.
Oh well, it’s still a good part to work on to get your fingers nimble. The entire riff can be played on a single string. Ultimately, I don’t care how you play it, because it’s not the most inspired riff in the world, but it was enough to put The Rolling Stones on the map.
Now you have 10 unique songs to work on – none of them overly hard if you stick to the right parts. But please, spend some good time with each. Don’t just rush through them.
You need to burn these songs into your muscle memory. And the only way to do that is by repeating them over and over. Just don’t get carried away and practice until you have repetitive stress injuries.