01 Nov Unlock Your Musical Talents: Top Songs for Beginner Guitarists
Are you an aspiring guitarist looking to unlock your musical talents?
This article will guide you through the top songs that are perfect for beginner guitarists.
These songs are specifically curated to help you build a solid foundation and improve your existing guitar skills. To make the most of this article you’ll need to understand how to form basic chords in the ‘open’ position.
Download this chord chart
Are you looking for a clear and easy chord chart to read? You can purchase a beginners chord chart from MK Guitar Tuition and it’s perfect for the beginner guitarist.
Easy guitar songs for beginners
As you continue your guitar journey, you’ll want to expand your repertoire and learn popular songs that resonate with you.
Fortunately, there are countless songs with simple guitar chords that are perfect for beginner guitarists. Let’s explore a few popular songs that you can add to your playlist:
1. “Hey Soul Sister” by Train:
This catchy pop song features a simple chord progression that repeats throughout the song.
The main chords used are C, G, Am, and F. With a combination of strumming and picking, you’ll be able to play along to this upbeat tune.
2. “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd:
This iconic song is a must-know for any aspiring guitarist. It features beautiful acoustic guitar parts and a memorable melody.
The main chords used are G, Em7, A7sus4, C, D, and G/F#. Mastering the chord transitions and fingerpicking patterns will allow you to capture the essence of this timeless classic.
3. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd:
This southern rock anthem is instantly recognizable and a favorite among guitarists.
The song features a simple chord progression and a catchy guitar riff. The main chords used are D, C, and G. By practicing the chord changes and strumming pattern, you’ll be able to rock out to this legendary tune.
4. “Hallelujah” ‘by’ Leonard Cohen:
This beautiful ballad has been covered by numerous artists and is a beloved song for many.
The chord progression is relatively simple, revolving around the chords C, G, Am, F, and E7. Mastering the chord changes and adding some fingerpicking will allow you to recreate the emotional depth of this song.
These are just a few examples of popular songs with simple guitar chords that you can add to your repertoire.
As you explore more songs, you’ll discover that many popular hits are built upon a foundation of basic chords. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make the songs your own by adding your unique style and interpretation.
5. 12 Bar blues sequences
Learning 12 bar blues sequences is a great way and a must if you’re planning to be sociable with your new set of guitar skills. It’s a basic foundation for any guitarist or musician. You can get started by downloading typical 12 bar blues patterns.
Popular songs with simple guitar chords
Now that you have a repertoire of songs to practice, it’s important to develop a consistent practice routine and implement effective strategies to improve your guitar skills. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your practice sessions:
1. Set Specific Goals:
It’s important to have clear goals in mind when practicing. Whether it’s mastering a specific chord progression or improving your fingerpicking technique, setting specific goals will help you stay focused and motivated.
2. Break It Down:
When learning a new song, break it down into smaller sections and practice each section individually. This will make the learning process more manageable and allow you to focus on the challenging parts.
3. Practice Slowly and Accurately:
When learning a new song or technique, start by practicing it slowly and accurately. Focus on precision and gradually increase the speed as you become more comfortable.
4. Use a Metronome:
A metronome is a valuable tool for improving your sense of timing and rhythm. Practice playing along with a metronome to develop a solid sense of timing and improve your overall playing.
5. Record Yourself:
Recording yourself while practicing allows you to listen back and identify areas for improvement. It also provides a great way to track your progress over time.
6. Explore Different Genres:
Don’t limit yourself to one genre of music. Explore different genres and styles to expand your musical horizons and challenge yourself with new techniques and playing styles.
7. Stay Consistent:
Consistency is key when it comes to improving your guitar skills. Set aside regular practice time each day or week and stick to it. Even short practice sessions can have a significant impact over time.
Remember, progress takes time and patience. Enjoy the process of learning and don’t get discouraged if you encounter challenges along the way. With dedication and consistent practice, you’ll continue to improve and unlock your full potential as a guitarist.
MKGTV ‘Milton Keynes Guitar Tuition TV’.
MK Guitar Tuition TV is designed for the beginner guitarist to get beyond the basics correctly, A platform which is often used a reminder of what to practice, can also help you achieve grades 1-3 with ABRSM’s music theory syllabus.
Joining a Guitar Community, do or don’t?
If you’re on facebook you’ll quickly discover there’s a large community for guitarists or guitar enthusiasts. I’ll be honest. It’s not always the friendliest place for beginners or even advanced players.
It’s social media and there are trolls even in these forums. Comments aren’t always accurate nor helpful. I’ve been teaching for a while and if there’s a facebook page you should follow, it’s of course MK Guitar Tuition’s facebook page.
When you’ve found the right online guitar community you can connect with fellow beginners, intermediate players, and even seasoned professionals. LinkedIn and Tik Tok might surprise you.
Online learning platforms for guitar
During my time as a guitar instructor, it’s fair to say that quite often I’ve had students who’ve tried online learning platforms such as fender play, Yousician, Jam Play etc and unfortunately they’ve each found that, after a while, progress is limited.
There isn’t someone to tell you what you need to be aware of when using these online resources.
Hire a guitar teacher
A good guitar teacher whether online or face to face will not only help you learn the basics but also guide you through the intricacies of playing guitar.
They will teach you proper technique, help you understand music theory, and provide valuable insights that you might not discover on your own.
Personalised tuition may seem comparatively more expensive, but you’re receiving a bespoke experience.
Book an introductory guitar lesson
You’d be more than welcome to book an electric, classical, acoustic or music theory lesson either online or face to face.