If you’re trying to learn guitar, one of the most frustrating parts of starting out is that you feel like you can’t actually play any real songs.
I know I definitely have experienced this with every single new instrument I’ve tried to learn over the years, and guitar is certainly no exception.
The good news is that there are a few good options for songs that you can learn fairly quickly. In my mind, a good “easy” guitar song has a few characteristics: it only has a couple of chords that repeat throughout the song, those chords are all easy to finger on the fretboard, and the strumming pattern is simple, or could be simplified.
In my view, it’s more important to focus on the chord changes and quickly moving your fingers between chords (especially if those chords are common patterns), than it is to try to focus too much on strumming. That’s why easy to follow strumming is so important to a good beginning song. It also gives you time to move your left hand into position for the next chord.
Easy Songs To Learn
Here are a few of my favorite songs to start out with on guitar.
Cat Stevens: Father and Son
I have to confess that Father and Son is one of my all time favorite songs, so I might have a little bias here. To me the magic is in both the music and the lyrics, which touch near and dear to any father’s heart. As a guitarist, the melody and chords are straightforward, making it a good song to play that can be learned quickly.
Boston: More Than a Feeling
Another great tune to learn is More Than a Feeling by the rock band Boston. Like Father and Son, it’s also pretty easy to play, but has a completely different style. That makes it a great way to branch out into new musical genres without overwhelming a beginning student.
Get the More Than a Feeling tab to learn the full song.
There are of course lots of other good beginner guitar songs out there, but these two are at the top of my list for most students. Not only that, but most students are already familiar with the song, and take more quickly to songs they already recognize.