Learning an instrument can feel like a daunting task, confusing music notes bouncing around on a page looking like a mess of ink splotches. But there is hope!
It doesn’t take a musical genius to grab a guitar and learn just a few simple chords, many of which are found in most pop and rock songs today. If you’re looking for a quick way to learn a couple songs, here are five easy to learn songs on guitar that use the same three chords.
Played in the key of G, each of the songs below can be played using the G chord, C chord and the D chord, although the progression may vary slightly.
- Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
A very popular rock song that can be easily played by anyone. The tempo is upbeat, but the chord changes are fairly slowly timed out. Once the chords get easy, try for the tab!
- Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel)
Another well loved song! This one is a little faster, but equally as easy to pick up. “Cecilia” is usually played with a capo on the 4th fret of the guitar, but if you do not have a capo, don’t worry! You can play it without one, the song will simply be in a lower key. The chord progression can be found here.
- Love Me Do (The Beatles)
A classic rock song for all Beatles lovers to know. It is very repetitive so the chord progression will be easy to follow.
- Ring Of Fire (Johnny Cash)
Looking for an oldie but a goodie? This one is for you! With country drawl and folky style, any Johnny Cash song is a good one to pick up. For this song, the chords repeat through each verse, so the most difficult part is actually learning the words.
- You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
For all my rockers out there, learn this quick and easy AC/DC jam. It would usually be played or heard on an electric guitar, but an acoustic cover could be easier to learn when starting out, since the chord progression will stay the same regardless. Start with the chords and add in the picking section later.
Happy playing and good luck!