Song Lesson Library

Jump right in to playing some fun and famous songs with this beginner song list. You can go through these tunes to test your basic chord knowledge, see how many songs you can learn, or simply want to apply what you’ve picked up from the Fundamentals Courses. With this beginner song list you'll immediately start playing full songs. You'll start to have fun right away, which is exactly why you joined Guitar Tricks in the first place!

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There’s no guitar part in the original version of this song, so we’re going to use an acoustic guitar to strum along with the band in a made easy format. We’ll outline the simple chord progression in C major and have fun doing it! We are also including a bonus lesson that shows how to mimic the piano intro riff on guitar. This song uses open chords and barre chords, a simple strumming pattern, and dynamics.

Published: 02/23/2023
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Mike will show you this classic early rock tune based on R&B and the blues. This tutorial is beginner level using an acoustic guitar, but any guitar is suitable to learn the song this way. All the parts are adapted to simple open chords, and add an easy strumming pattern.

Published: 01/08/2015
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Mike will show you how to play a made easy version of this tune using simple strumming patterns, open chords and barre chords, and dynamics.

Published: 01/08/2015
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Mike will show you this song in a Made Easy format, breaking down the progression to open chord shapes with a capo, and a simple strumming pattern.

Published: 09/10/2015
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Caren will show you how to play a made easy version of this song that teaches you all the chords and parts to play along with the band on this iconic tune.

Published: 12/17/2015
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In this set of lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach you a beginner version of "El Paso", by Marty Robbins. Caren will start with an overview of what she'll be teaching, then show you all the chords you'll need to play the song. After the chords, you'll learn the rhythm and strumming pattern; then we're on to the song structure. Next is a slow play-through, then a play along up to speed, and you'll finish with the jam along.

Published: 10/24/2012
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In this series of song lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach "Who Will Save Your Soul", by Jewel. Caren will talk about the song and the gear and tone, then go over the chords used, the strum pattern, and the song form before she details the intro, verse, chorus, the breakdown, and the ending. You'll do a play along performance with Caren, then play the song by yourself in the jam along.

Published: 02/06/2014
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Caren will show you an easy arrangement on the acoustic guitar that we can play throughout the song! Using mostly open chords and an easy swinging strumming rhythm you can play along with the band on this classic tune.

Published: 06/22/2016
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Caren will show you a made easy, beginner version of this great country classic with an acoustic guitar part that is perfectly suited to playing along with the band.

Published: 05/23/2016
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Mike will show you how to play a made easy version of this classic rock song. He also includes a bonus lesson that expands upon the open chords to include some suspended chord extensions that is a hallmark of the Stones sound.

Published: 03/07/2016
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In this beginner song tutorial, Caren Armstrong will teach "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness", by John Prine. Caren will introduce the song, then look at the open position chords you'll need to play this tune. After learning the chords, you'll learn the strumming rhythm; then the song structure. Caren will guide you through a slow-play, after which you'll play along up to speed. Finally, you'll play the song by yourself in the jam along.

Published: 03/14/2013
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In this set of beginner song lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach you "Wide Open Spaces", by The Dixie Chicks. We'll start with an overview of the song, then take a look at different capos and how to use them. Next up is a breakdown of the chords in the song, followed by the strumming pattern. Then we'll look at the song form and do a slow-play; we'll conclude with a play along performance then a jam along.

Published: 03/14/2013
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Mike will show you this classic rock tune in a Made Easy format with simplified chords and a straight forward strumming pattern. Any guitar, acoustic or electric, can be used to play this song.

Published: 09/02/2018
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Mike will show you how to play this modern R&B pop ballad that we'll learn on acoustic in a made easy style with open and barre chords and a simple strumming pattern.

Published: 08/07/2018
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Mike will show you this modern pop ballad using open and barre chords and a simple strumming pattern. We're also including a bonus lesson that shows a few advanced approaches to make the parts sound more like the original recording.

Published: 08/06/2018
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These Perfect chords and tabs have been modified into a simpler arrangement that use open chords and an easy strumming pattern. You can play this song with any acoustic guitar and we even have the Perfect lyrics for you to sing along with! Learn how to play Perfect by Ed Sheeran.

Published: 07/31/2018
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Caren will show you how to strum an easy guitar part along with this classic blues tune. She will show you the three chords required to play along with the tune. This is required material for just about any blues jam, and in this tutorial we'll learn an easy acoustic guitar part to strum along with the band!

Published: 03/14/2018
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Caren will show you a made easy version of this classic Jimmy Reed 12 bar blues. in the key of A Major. If you've been studying the blues, you are likely familiar with the 12 bar song structure, if not, this is an opportunity to dig in to a genre that goes very deep while being based on variations on a simple harmonic theme.

Published: 02/16/2018
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Dave will show you the single guitar layer in this 'Made Easy' arrangement of a popular and fun 60s pop rock hit. You'll play a basic 12 bar blues using three chords and simple quarter note down strums with the band.

Published: 02/12/2018
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Caren will show a simplified version of this classic old blues tune. Originally recorded in A-flat, this tutorial will teach the song by bumping it up a 1/2 step today for ease of playing. Whether you're jamming with our GT backing tracks, or with your friends, this one will get your toe tapping.

Published: 02/15/2018
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Mike will show you a beginner approach to play along with the band using some simplified chords and straight ahead strumming. The tune uses an iconic riff throughout the verse, and we'll simplify the riff using a straight ahead chord progression.

Published: 02/08/2018
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Mike will show you this tune with a beginner approach using some simplified chords and straight ahead strumming. The song opens with a simple chord progression that provides the foundation of the tune. The chorus is anthemic with some huge riffing on some open chords.

Published: 02/01/2018
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Mike will show you this iconic rock tune in a made easy format with some simplified chords and straight ahead strumming.

Published: 12/06/2017
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Caren will show you a made easy arrangement of this Robert Johnson classic based on a version by Eric Clapton. The 12 bar blues form is fundamental to the genre, and has been used repeatedly for countless songs.

Published: 05/16/2017
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Mike will show you this classic rock tune in a Made Easy format with simplified chords and a straight forward strumming pattern. Any guitar, acoustic or electric, can be used to play this song.

Published: 08/31/2018
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We’ll learn this song in a Made Easy format, with open chords and a simplified strumming pattern. In order to use open chords, we’ll need a capo placed on the 3rd fret. This song uses open chords, a 3/4 feel, a simple strumming pattern, and dynamics.

Published: 08/11/2022
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This rock classic features a swaggering groove and anthemic riffing. This is an acoustic Made Easy version of the song. Any guitar, acoustic or electric, is suitable to play this tune. This song uses open chords, strumming and muting techniques, and dynamics.

Published: 04/22/2022
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We’ve arranged this song in a made easy format for acoustic guitar with simplified chords and strumming. If you’re up for a challenge, we’ve also included a bonus lesson to learn how to play the song with a boogie diad approach. This song uses open 7th chords, the 12 bar blues form, and a steady strumming pattern.

Published: 03/31/2022
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This tutorial is a made easy version of the iconic Beatles tune arranged for acoustic guitar. This song uses open chords, a simple strum pattern, and dynamics.

Published: 05/19/2022
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We’ve arranged this 12 bar blues classic in a made easy format for acoustic guitar with simplified chords and strumming. If you’re up for a challenge, we’ve also included a bonus lesson to learn how to play the song with a boogie diad approach. This song uses open 7th chords, the 12 bar blues form, and a steady strumming pattern.

Published: 03/23/2022
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Mike will show you how to adapt this song for acoustic guitar and learn it in a made easy format with simplified chords and strumming. Any acoustic or electric guitar is suitable to play along with this tutorial. This song uses barre and open chords, dynamics, and a steady strumming pattern.

Published: 10/30/2020
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