Are you looking for some easy songs to learn on acoustic guitar? I know I was when I first started to learn guitar. Even to this day I still enjoy playing some of the songs that I learned in the early days of my playing career. Just because a song is easy to learn doesn’t mean it necessarily becomes boring or no fun once your skills improve. Far from it.
One of the reasons that I started this blog – as its name suggests – was to help all you beginner guitarists out there to learn guitar fast. I was sick and tired of all the substandard guitar tutorials available on the web that promised the world and delivered nothing but a confusing mish mash of tips and tricks, in no particular order and without any real structure.
Youtube is a case in point here. It seems that, when the camera’s rolling, everyone believes they’re an expert. Anyone who owns a guitar can point a camera at themselves, look into the lens and talk for 10 minutes in the belief that what they know about how to play the guitar can help everyone out there on the internets. And they’re going to teach you the best way to learn guitar with a quick video they cooked up on the spur of the moment. It’s not until you’re a couple of minutes into their video that you realise they’re no more qualified to teach guitar than Peewee Herman is to teach cage fighting.
I don’t want to bad mouth folk who have obviously put in some effort to try to share what they know. Their intentions are, no doubt, good. Some of them are actually very good guitarists; but their ability to teach guitar is more questionable and they are more likely to show off their own skills than to impart useful knowledge to others.
If you’re a beginner guitarist, you need to find some good guitar instruction, and a good starting point is to get some video tutorials of some simple guitar songs. If you choose an easy song to learn on guitar and get a few decent Youtube guitar lessons to take you through the basics of it, you’ll make some decent progress fairly quickly and that will spur you on to keep learning more and more. Start with a few easy songs to learn on acoustic guitar to get you up and running, walk before you run and you’ll notice that it is much more beneficial musically to get an easy song down pat all the way through than it is to master a few individual riffs or licks from a more difficult song that’s beyond your current level of ability to play all the way through.
If you’re a beginner, one of the best songs to learn on acoustic guitar, in my opinion, is “More than Words” by Extreme. It has a very easy chord progression, you can sing along to it pretty easily and a lot of people know it so it’s good for an impromptu singalong around the the campfire.
Here’s one of those decent youtube guitar lessons I was talking about that will take you through it.
It’s also important for guitar beginners to get a reasonable grounding in guitar theory early on, and this is something I’d like to touch on in future posts. The benefits of knowing some basic musical fundamentals cannot be overstated because it really helps your playing to have an understanding of what it is you’re doing with your instrument, rather than simply learning where to put your fingers in a purely mechanical, parrot fashion, kind of a way.
When people ask me about guitar theory for beginners, I always recommend they start with the blues guitar scales. I’ll explain why in my next post.
In the meantime, enjoy learning “More Than Words”, and take some time to seek out other easy songs to learn on acoustic guitar, carefully avoiding the less helpful videos of course…