Many popular and accessible guitar songs only require four simple chords, making them an ideal fit for beginning guitarists.
Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl is another popular song that can easily be played on guitar using four simple chords and a standard strumming pattern. Its lyrics will give hope that everything will turn out alright in the end.
Right Here Waiting by Bob Marley
This classic reggae song is straightforward for any beginner guitarist to learn, featuring only three chords: C, E and G chords. However, its only complicated element lies within its use of G/B chords (which include regular G chords with an added B note). If this chord is unfamiliar to you yet it’s okay just play regular G chords until it becomes second nature to you.
Stick Figure’s Californian reggae song is an ideal way to practice upstroke strumming with barre chords, making for an excellent song to sing while providing plenty of open chord practice for beginners. Plus it makes an entertaining party song!
No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley
As its title suggests, this song is ideal for beginning guitarists to learn. The chord progression consists of C, G/B, Am and F; when played slowly ska rhythm, this piece sounds beautiful!
Chord progressions are essential in understanding how songs are structured. Chords create rhythm and feel in songs while melody sits atop these chords.
As part of your guitar education, it is also vital that you learn how to read a chord diagram. A chord diagram consists of a series of lines representing your guitar strings and frets with numbers on them denoting which frets are used for each chord. Circles with “xs and Os” represent different things such as when not to play certain strings while Os indicate open strings you can play open.
I Can’t Explain by Bob Marley
Bob Marley and the Wailers’ iconic song is easy to learn on guitar using C and G chords strung with upstrokes, plus an E power chord via capo on 2nd fret for added power chord practice – an invaluable skill that all beginners should strive to master!
The lyrics to this classic reggae song are upbeat and promote positive thinking, while its music incorporates doomy piano chords, backing vocals from an all-female siren’s chorus and burbling clavinet overdubs that create its dramatic atmosphere. This track rivals Sly Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin On in its emotional intensity – another piece which highlights Bob Marley’s rhythmic ingenuity and unique way of phrasing.
Blessed Union of Souls by Bob Marley
Blessed Union of Souls is a popular reggae song and ideal for beginners looking to start learning the piano or guitar. Utilizing only three major open chords, this tune makes an easy introduction into musical expression! Plus, everyone knows and loves it!
Once you’ve mastered these songs, it’s time to move on to more challenging tunes. One great option for advanced guitar learners is Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus as it only requires two chords (C and G), while Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl only needs three chords but is an iconic song which everyone recognizes at parties or get-togethers! Play it whenever you want to show off your guitar playing abilities to friends or family – make sure you practice its chords and strum pattern carefully!
Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Bob Marley
The 90’s saw many alternative pop songs that were suitable for beginner guitarists as they only required three or four open chords to play them. Even legendary Beatle John Lennon wrote some simple tunes that are easier for newcomers!
Bob Marley’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ is an accessible reggae song perfect for beginners. With only three chords and an easy strumming pattern, beginners should find this tune straightforward to learn and play.
Bad Moon Rising is another well-known song that only utilizes three chords and makes an ideal song for beginners! Its solemn minor melody can create an atmospheric experience when performing it live!