Most beginners are tempted to learn to play the guitar because they wanted to play songs that they love the most. However, not all songs are suitable or easy enough for a beginner to tackle and any attempt to play a difficult song at an early stage will only lead to frustration. The best way to go is by first learning songs that are easy in a sense that it doesn't use many chords, doesn't need to use 'Barre' chords and doesn't need to use complex strumming pattern. With that being said, here are some songs that fall's into this category and best of all, they all uses just 4 chords!
Zombie by The Cranberries
This is a perfect song for every beginner. The entire song cycle through the chords E minor, C, G and D. Strumming wise, you can get away just by playing down strum all the way through. It's just one of those songs that are fun to play while you're working on your coordination's.
Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton's Wonderful Tonight is another great song for beginner. The entire song is made out of the chords G, D, C and E minor, with some variation on the chord sequence. There's no need for 'barre' chords in this song and beginners who haven't yet learn many strumming pattern will still be able to play it quite easily.
Last Kiss by Pearl Jam
Another song that uses a chord sequence that cycle all the way through is 'Last Kiss'. The chord sequence of this song is G, E minor, C and D. the only thing to take care about in this song, is the strumming pattern. Here's a good strumming pattern to use for this song:
( D D U U D U…and repeat ) D=Down strum U=Up strum
Learning to play guitar is the most rewarding experience one could ever had. No doubt, it will take some time before you can achieve some level of competence to play more songs but you can progress faster if you have a strong foundation in the basics.
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