Home Forums Other Topics Easy Songs for Beginners

Tagged: 

Viewing 53 reply threads
  • Author
    Posts
    • #28124
      Sarah Spisak
      Keymaster

      Please post suggestions of easy songs for beginners here. I will create a running list from your posts. Thank you!

    • #28125
      Sarah Spisak
      Keymaster

      Easy beginner songs I still play and recommend.

      Knocking on Heavens Door

      House of the Rising Sun (play full chords, arpeggios or finger pick)

      Sex and Candy (super easy with power chords- ck Nirvana version too)

      Maggie May some good chord practice

      Your Song another good one to finger pick or play full chords

      Dock of the Bay

      Anything by Buddy Holly or John Denver

      If you want an easy riff- oriented song try find Going to Louisiana by Savoy Brown although Foghat had a version too.

      Sunshine of Your Love for the riff

      Holy Diver power chord riffs

      Come as You Are bass riff and power chords

      City of New Orleans I love this song both for finger picking and chords. I think I learned the John Denver version.

      Proud Mary another good one for chords

    • #28126
      Sarah Spisak
      Keymaster

      Outside of Rock,Metal I usually suggest beginners learn some Christmas Carols, they are usually simply arranged, easy to play songs. Mostly I suggest this as a start playing a complete song, learn chord changes, and utilizing the those first chords you’ll learn and it’s kind of nice to be able to break out the acoustic and play a few carols for (or with) family and friends around the holidays. Added benefit is (for me it was anyway) it helps learning playing and singing ( I don’t sing very well though) at the same time, since most of us already know the lyrics. and of course the already mentioned Judas Priest, KISS, AC/DC.

    • #28129
      sky blue metal
      Participant

      Herman’s Hermits: Mrs.Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter
      I’m Henry The VIII, I AM

      OK, I’m an old timer LOL

    • #28132
      superblonde
      Keymaster

      nirvana polly – open chords
      nirvana about a girl – barre chords

      also i hear many comments that the first song rockers learn is nirvana come as you are

      an interview with nita strauss says:

      When she started playing guitar, her first riff came from one of the biggest albums of the ’90s. “The first riff that I totally mastered was ‘Come As You Are’ by Nirvana. I remember sitting there, plunking along, I remember thinking ‘How do they even do this?’ I was definitely not one of those kids prodigy guitar players. I remember sobbing myself to sleep because I couldn’t play an open G chord.”

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #28135
      rightonthemark
      Participant

      21 easy rock songs to beef up your set list

      Ah Leah by Donnie Iris
      You Really Got Me by The Kinks
      Surrender by Cheap Trick
      I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones
      Once Bitten Twice Shy by Ian Hunter
      Wild Thing by The Troggs
      Love Stinks by The J.Geils Band
      Keep Your Hands To Yourself by The Georgia Satellites
      Smokin’ In The Boys Room by Brownsville Station
      TNT by AC/DC
      Wishing Well by Free
      Jumpin’ Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
      Takin’ Care Of Business by BTO
      Living After Midnight by Judas Priest
      Same Old Song & Dance by Aerosmith
      Rock & Roll All Nite by Kiss
      Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent
      Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers by ZZ Top
      Rock Steady by Bad Company
      Fantasy by Aldo Nova
      Fight For Your Right by Beastie Boys

      \m/

      rock and roll ain't pretty; that's why they picked us to play it.

    • #28143
      Sarah Spisak
      Keymaster

      Thanks, guys! 🙂

    • #28283
      superblonde
      Keymaster

      Another vote for house of the rising sun
      after hearing a local musician say “this is one of the first songs I learned” just before covering it.

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #28286
      Sarah Spisak
      Keymaster

      Another vote for house of the rising sun
      after hearing a local musician say “this is one of the first songs I learned” just before covering it.

      I’ll vote for that one too! And “Bad Moon Rising”.

    • #28348
      superblonde
      Keymaster

      personally i’d like to see a list from the instructors themselves. anything goes (except songs from those top three most hated bands of metalheads, hah, you know who they are..). actually more eclectic songs might be much better because from what different forums and articles complain about, “players these days just all listen to the same couple of bands, thats why everything sounds the same and boring, back in our day, everybody listened to so many different things” … when i did vocal lessons locally I specifically told the instructor, hey assign me anything, even if it’s elvis or r&b i’ll be happy to study it if it makes me a better vocalist.. since after all, danzig learned by singing elvis etc (but that vocal instructor was not very smart and couldnt do that).

      one great thing about Doug & MAB is simply..they’re old!* they remember the old stuff that created metal because.. they were there, they grew up with it. you know back in the stone age 😀 their perspectives wont be available from other (newer/younger) instructors.. now the really old dudes (in their 70s) at local open mics were claiming a couple weeks ago, “sgt peppers is the best album ever made!! ever!” and uh, well.. maybe that’s true maybe it’s not.. is it the best from the perspective of metalheads? these guys are not metalheads (they dont listen to/play aggressive music, they play.. acoustic bob dylan), so.. probably they cant say. (*Doug may not accept being old as a benefit 😛 )

      I’ll also add: Ring Of Fire. Volbeat got famous for covering that song and ripping it off for their originals. Cover bands still play it regularly. the later upbeat punky version was from..Social Distortion first?

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #28354
      pipelineaudio
      Participant

      We’re in a weird political climate, where we are always trying to find new easy songs for our kids bands to play, but they can play almost none of the classics because they are, to a song, every single one of them, politically incorrect, which makes it really, really difficult. So there’s tons and tons of easy stuff, but it doesn’t mean its stuff you want to play, for risk of becoming a hashtag on twitter

      That said, The Misfits have PILES of songs that are easy to play, and really good songwriting often as well.

      And that’s just the classic era Misfits.

      In the modern versions of the band, I always tell new artists that the album Famous Monsters is like songwriting 101. Tons of 3 and 4 note songs, killer harmonies (and even more awesome, subtly suggested harmonies that aren’t even on the recording), really good and sensible punctuation in terms of the drums moving between the parts, and a decent range of super easy, and then easy to modify to be more challenging

      • #28370
        superblonde
        Keymaster

        on that note of political correctness..

        Doctor Rockter and Chainsaw Charlie are on Amazon UK and they are indeed the new versions. The swearing has been removed also. .. Chainsaw Charlie is changed to not have swearing and the Peace is a beautiful song.
        W.A.S.P. – RE-IDOLIZED: The 25th Anniversary of The Crimson Idol

        I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
        And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

      • #33714
        . W H U N E .
        Participant

        (and even more awesome, subtly suggested harmonies that aren’t even on the recording),

        that sounds fascinating

        I’d appreciate your elaborating on what you mean by that

      • #33716
        Sarah Spisak
        Keymaster

        Yes! So would I. 😉

    • #28650
      SteveB
      Participant

      Mississippi Queen by Mountain. A great song for learning nice bends with slow tremolo and learning to control those long, clear notes that sail over the chord progressions.

    • #28723
      SixStringSlinger
      Moderator

      I’m working on Detroit Rock City by Kiss.

    • #28726
      superblonde
      Keymaster

      I’d Love To Change The World by Ten Years After

      Five open chords for the entire song.

      This song.. A famous guitarist told me it was the first full song he learned (as a kid guitarist).. he’s in the top 10 of rock guitarists right now 😀 so it must have worked. I was surprised at the coincidence because I had spent months learning it before hearing that. Recently I was at a hipster restaurant with a solo guitarist performer who is up and coming locally and after fiddling with her equipment when setting up, she played the first couple measures of arpeggio as a sound check thing.. later I asked her, hey, is that.. she said yes, it was one of the first songs she was taught when she was like 12 yo.

      It’s not easy to get to 122 BPM tempo, tho! And personally I change a couple words in the lyrics when I sing it.

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #28728
      Sarah Spisak
      Keymaster

      I’d Love To Change The World by Ten Years After

      Five open chords for the entire song.

      Great song!

    • #28980
      TML
      Participant

      One of the problems with listing songs is that online tabs can be hit or miss. It would be nice to see some proper tabs posted or linked here.

    • #28981
      2handband
      Participant

      One of the problems with listing songs is that online tabs can be hit or miss. It would be nice to see some proper tabs posted or linked here.

      I don’t trust any tab.

    • #28982
      Sarah Spisak
      Keymaster

      Even tabs in professional publications often have errors. That’s how I became a professional transcriber many years ago- learning how to correct them!

    • #28985
      2handband
      Participant

      Even tabs in professional publications often have errors. That’s how I became a professional transcriber many years ago- learning how to correct them!

      Word. Very early in my development I picked up a guitar magazine with a bunch of Kiss riffs in it. I wasn’t much of a fan but thought these should be some easy riffs to wail on so why not? Even as a relative beginner I could tell that some of them were transcribed just plain wrong. I was playing what was on the page but it did NOT sound like what was on the recordings! Then a buddy of mine and I watched that live video they had out from a few tours previously and you could plainly see that what was in the mag was wrong. I was already figuring out a lot of stuff by ear but that was the point at which I threw away all my tab and said I HAVE to master this skill.

      Two more interesting ones: A student once brought in a book of AC/DC songs. Don’t remember the publisher but it basically had to be Thing 1 or Thing 2, you know? This student was feeling stupid; she said she was clearly doing something wrong because she couldn’t figure out these tabs. It didn’t sound right so she figured it had to be her fault (I always had the arrogance to trust my own judgement 😉 ), but the trouble was those transcriptions were beyond screwed. I was like seriously? It’s friggin’ AC/DC! This is just not that hard.

      Another good one… a magazine I wish I’d kept. George Lynch was talking in a magazine interview back in the 90s about seeing an article on the Dokken reunion in a copy of Guitar World along with a transcription of In My Dreams. Since he had to re-learn the solo for the tour he figured he’d save himself some time and use the transcription. He bought the mag, got it home, and discovered that it was not only wrong, but the way it was transcribed made it physically impossible to play! We’re talking about George Lynch; if he describes something as unplayable I’m inclined to believe it probably is.

      Tab is bad for you just like that big chocolate cake you know you shouldn’t gorge yourself on.

    • #29044
      2handband
      Participant

      Re: political correctness. When I was teaching for a studio down by the twin cities my students wanted to play Heaven & Hell by Black Sabbath for the spring jam, and we’d already gotten the song mostly worked up when the director said we couldn’t play that one because people might take it the wrong way. And arrangement-wise that is NOT an easy song! That was the first and last time I ever taught in someone else’s studio.

      As far as the WASP stuff goes it’s not a political correctness thing, it’s just that Lawless got Jesus fairly late in life. Oddly it seems to have revitalized him as a writer; the last WASP album is the best thing the band has done in forever. But apparently it has had it’s effect on the live show; Lawless says he will never perform F*@k Like A Beast again.

      I found it annoying as crap when I saw the Kiss original lineup reunion in ’96 or whenever it was… okay, there were a lot of things I found annoying. Like how Kiss fired the best lineup they ever had in order to tour the world putting on what was actually a pretty sloppy show. But I digress. After seeing them a few years earlier on the Revenge tour, I kind of missed Stanley’s raunchy between songs banter. He dropped it as soon as Kiss became something people wanted to take their kids to see.

    • #29047
      superblonde
      Keymaster

      Instead do the wierd al yankovic version or if he hasn’t covered it, do similar ‘upgrade’ to a song.. takes practice but it is possible to rewrite bad lyrics. I bought several Weird Al albums when owning or listening to “that horrible music!!” was not possible.. 😟 uhhh yet somehow the Weird Al version was perfectly okay.. 🧐 A lot of kids were in that boat too.. 🙄 I remember an older guy listening to Weird Al’s version of smells like teen spirit endlessly, because, it wasn’t “the scary nirvana version, this one is funny and good”.. well if it’s the music that matters, go for it 😇 There’s a phrase in I’d Love To Change The World by Ten Years After that i’ll never sing. After I learned the song fully and comfortably, I changed the phrase to something that fits the melody and phrasing, so that’s how I play it now. When I was a beginner I didn’t know how to change songs or when I tried changing them, the result didn’t work as well. I think I’m better at it now.

      I guess this goes along with what I kept looking for as a beginner: “Easy yet good sounding versions of hard songs”. Its hard to find good tab and it’s even harder to find simplified-beginner-tab. (Other than chord-strummy versions which definitely dont sound like the original songs)

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #29048
      2handband
      Participant

      Meh, my attitude towards lyrics is that I don’t give a crap what they’re about. The most important thing really is the melody they’re sung to; gimme a great melody and lyrics don’t matter at all! To the extent that they do matter, my only requirement is that they are interesting and well written. That’s it. Subject matter is literally the least important thing in the world; I simply don’t care. Gimme a great melody and interesting, well-written lyrics and the subject matter could even run counter to my beliefs… even be offensive to my beliefs… and I will still like it. The first two Tourniquet records are amongst my favorite thrash albums, and I’m pretty much the exact opposite of a Christian.

    • #29053
      2handband
      Participant

      I guess this goes along with what I kept looking for as a beginner: “Easy yet good sounding versions of hard songs”. Its hard to find good tab and it’s even harder to find simplified-beginner-tab. (Other than chord-strummy versions which definitely dont sound like the original songs)

      Don’t discount the chord-strummy stuff; being able to pick up an acoustic guitar at a party and strum out a song is basically the minimum requirement to call oneself a guitar player.

      As for the rest, the best thing to do with tab transcriptions of songs is to light them on fire. I’ve rarely met good ones.

    • #29064
      rightonthemark
      Participant

      Meh, my attitude towards lyrics is that I don’t give a crap what they’re about. The most important thing really is the melody they’re sung to; gimme a great melody and lyrics don’t matter at all!

      i’m with you on melody and lyrics.

      think about the song hey jude.
      what’s the part everyone remembers?
      it’s the na na nanana na part.
      it’s a memorable melody without any actual words.
      same with lovin touchin squeezin.
      na na nana na na nananana na.
      i couldn’t tell you but a few words for the rest of either song without looking them up.
      but i know the na na na parts.

      a well crafted lyric is a bonus.
      although, good lyrics can’t save a bad song/melody.
      but a good song/melody can certainly save bad lyrics.

      🤘🏽🎸🤘🏽

      rock and roll ain't pretty; that's why they picked us to play it.

    • #29066
      pipelineaudio
      Participant

      Well, I’ll tell you, when you are dealing with kids, and putting bands of young kids out in front of an extremely marxist SJW culture in a place as politically hot potato as this, not wanting to get nailed in a hashtag movement or at the very least, having all the students pulled from your school for wrongthink is a real and present danger. We live in crazy times. I can’t believe I’m saying any of this, but it really has gotten this crazy, and every time I push the boundaries, our kids suffer, so its something I have to be extremely cognizant of.

      Luckily we have parents with balls and venues who will still put profit over ideology (as bad as that sounds its a good thing in this case) and we can continue, but for any regular community stuff, its really slim pickings unless the kids are just doing instrumentals

      • #29070
        superblonde
        Keymaster

        Life is too short and there’s too many good songs to bother playing ones with inappropriate or bad lyrics. Robert Plant singing “Squeeze my lemons! ’til the juice runs down my leg!” is okay and is metaphorical enough to really mean “almost anything funny” to a naive crowd but some rock songs especially post 2000 are just… really poor and bad. Especially if there’s so many less-known bands with good songs out there, why teach beginners lame songs. The old blues guys were much better lyric writers at masking concepts in innuendo. I came unglued one time in the 2000’s on a road trip with a hot blonde and she was cranking that dance song “smack that b**** up” and singing along (the music is fine..the lyrics, just, no.).. I’m like are you totally serious right now? Change that or pull over and let me out so I can walk back. I think she woke up. She said something like, “Oh, I never realized that’s what I was singing.” Duh? You are what you eat.. eat junk food, you’ll be unhealthy.. Sing junk words and the same.. So pipeline, yeah it’s important. Just my perspective. Society is evolving and becoming more aware, it’s not a bad thing. It has bad elements but overall, it’s the right direction. The older generation shouldn’t be so stubborn about evolving and that’s almost as big a problem. It’s a song, not rocket science, just give it a bunch of thought and fix the words. On this topic, just recently this week in music news, GnR’s big re-issue purposely left off One In A Million. (Musically it’s a great song..they could have simply redone the specific undesirable lyrics.. but instead removed the song completely) Unfortunately it’s also the rock crowd who is so quick to jump on the shock-rock-troll-the-public bandwagon to purposely include bad themes.. just to be anti-whatever or just to gain headlines..

        I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
        And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #29069
      pipelineaudio
      Participant

      Even tabs in professional publications often have errors. That’s how I became a professional transcriber many years ago- learning how to correct them!

      When I’m trying to explain the scientific peer review process to our recording kids, I give them the example of the Ultimate Guitar website. I remember, as a specific example, how incomplete and inaccurate the Hal Leonard Master of Puppets tab book was back in the 80’s.

      Looking at examples from UG for the same songs, you will see a very angry comment section for each revision, along with suggestions, corrections, and even insight about the engineering. You’ll see the revisions get progressively better, and even if not the way they played it, it sounds correct, which his the essence of Theory in the first place: to make a working models that explains all of the available observations.

      I’ll take our crowdsourced transcription system, warts and all, any day over what little scraps and pittances we got back in the brick and mortar days

    • #29071
      Sarah Spisak
      Keymaster

      I came unglued one time in the 2000’s on a road trip with a hot blonde…

      I know I’ve mentioned this before but if you “hook up” with somebody based on looks and then discover later that you are not thrilled with the personality or intellect, there might be some kind of lesson there. LOL

      • #29072
        superblonde
        Keymaster

        She was a software consultant for IBM making $90k/year in 2002. Very smart girl and successful. Which is why the disconnect between what she was singing lyrically, and what her personal values were (or I assume what her values would be, especially as a hot blonde and likely subject to certain undesirable male behavior, which is why I mentioned she was a hot blonde) was totally bizarre. Hot blondes literally get behavior similar to that more often obviously, why’s she want to sing about it in the way that song’s lyrics do?.. And the artist couldn’t find better words to put in place for that melody? Well it’s like this thread is saying.. lots of people don’t pay attention to lyrics and the melody is what drives the song, even if they’re singing the words. To me, lyrics are important. The local lesson franchise that gets kids into bands, having a sign on the door specifically warning people not to enter because of bad lyrics, because they purposely instruct beginner kids to sing punk songs full of 4 letter words, there’s no need for that, it’s simply a sign that they are simply ignorant, which turned out to be true in the end in other ways.. There’s so many good songs, it just shows they’re not really thinking about the quality of their instruction in a lot of ways. So pipeline should be proud of himself for putting the extra effort in. How many musicians cover Come Together and assume the background vocal is going “shoop, shoop”.. when it’s not (but, the real lyrics can easily be improved).

        I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
        And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

      • #29073
        Sarah Spisak
        Keymaster
      • #29079
        superblonde
        Keymaster

        “hook up” with somebody based on looks and then discover later that you are not thrilled with the personality or intellect, there might be some kind of lesson there.

        btw that lesson would surely be 🤘 “wow this guitar playing stuff really works, I’ve gotta do this again!”
        lol rock n roll! 😎

        now that’s a beginner lesson! 💰💰

        I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
        And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #29074
      pipelineaudio
      Participant

      Its really not that simple. There is NO combination of words that someone can’t take offense over. Technically we have freedom of speech, but in practice it just isn’t enough. At the very least, by playing blues based music, or drums we can get nailed for cultural appropriation. Reason has left the building. It has gotten truly orwellian.

      Every time we think “surely, they can’t go THAT far” it becomes the new normal. We really need our Jospeh Welsh “at long last sir have you no decency” moment, but I worry just how far into the future that this may be, and it keeps getting worse, not better, especially when it comes to education.

      I defy you to come up with any lyric that someone, with an appreciable amount of power to ruin your life, can’t take offense in.

      I hate to sound so nuts, but I have to live this every time I dare to let our kids play a show

      • #29077
        superblonde
        Keymaster

        I can beat that challenge 😀 just quote ROTM 😀

        na na nana na na nananana na.

        I guess it’s tough, because rock n roll is purposely not trying to be safe.

        there’s another aspect to this tho… It’s a bit off topic of simply bad word choices in lyrics.

        Technically we have freedom of speech,

        Somehow music does not have ‘the same level’ of freedom of speech, or is it that the performance doesn’t have the freedom in performance. For example, all those bands that get “raided by police” for indecent exposure on stage (most famously in rock, Jim Morrison). Whereas in the same theatre the week before that band played, there’s some artsy theatre play/production, which has the same aspects of performance or worse.. or some movie with nudity played in the movie theater across the street. I dont know the details but live music really doesn’t have the same constitutional rights. Like actually, legally. Which is a reflection of society’s values. Lots of artists push this envelope but get busted in one way or another. Some U.S. cities still have indecency laws against dancing to live music (but dancing to other types of performance is totally ok). So live music is kind of strange. All leftovers from the past? Or maybe the actors and theatre unions were simply stronger and smarter than musicians, the actors pushed the laws to get freedom, whereas musicians rarely seem to get together to lobby anything to benefit themselves or the art. There’s some stuff I read on this topic as a vague legal perspective in some music bio’s but I forget the details. Those overprotective parents in certain belief systems, it often seems like the worst cliche, “the ones who crack down so hard about it are the ones who are doing that same thing in secret”. yikes. I knew a few coworkers who said they “kept their kids away from Harry Potter, because of those elements in it, witches and magic and all”..umm okay (I think they totally missed the worse point because Harry Potter is actually an unpleasant story about a ‘master race’ vs ‘lesser people’, wrapped up in a story about kids having powers).

        Plus so many songs have the complete opposite meaning to what people really think they’re about. How many GnR fans think Night Train is about heroin. When really it’s about a cheap liquor literally called Nighttrain. I was just today reading the story about Steve Adler today, explaining Kick Start My Heart was literally about Nikki Sixx OD’ing on heroin and Adler throwing him under cold water in a shower to wake him up until the paramedics arrived to give him CPR, aka kick starting his heart. I wonder how many fans think it’s a song about driving fast cars and sex. CCR Gimme Back My Bullets has nothing to do with guns, it has to do with getting dots on the billboard song ratings.

        One of the anti-authority songs I wrote has a chorus 😠 “find your strength, pick up your weapon and overthrow them” or something and I explained to a friend it was a metaphor for voting in public elections, the weapon was the pencil to make the marks in the ballot bubbles, they were like: “huh? uhhh, okayyyy”. lol. I even offended myself because my song was so yucky 😆 oh well.

        I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
        And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

      • #29112
        bdickens
        Participant
    • #29078
      2handband
      Participant

      The local lesson franchise that gets kids into bands, having a sign on the door specifically warning people not to enter because of bad lyrics, because they purposely instruct beginner kids to sing punk songs full of 4 letter words, there’s no need for that, it’s simply a sign that they are simply ignorant, which turned out to be true in the end in other ways..

      That’s not really how it works. Generally you try to let the kids pick the ensemble songs. You just try to keep the difficulty level within reason.

      I came unglued one time in the 2000’s on a road trip with a hot blonde and she was cranking that dance song “smack that b**** up” and singing along (the music is fine..the lyrics, just, no.).. I’m like are you totally serious right now? Change that or pull over and let me out so I can walk back

      Dude… I have never kicked a pretty girl out of vehicle for singing bad lyrics! Which I suppose is why I have three kids by two moms neither of whom live with us…

      That said… come on guys, it’s just words. It’s the smallest part if the musical experience. If they’re sung to a great melody I can ignore basically anything.

      Most people aren’t as bothered by this stuff as you think, honestly. They even like it. I was in a band a few years back that did a double-shot of Buckcherry; Lit Up followed by Crazy Bitch. It was one of the highlights of any given night in terms of packing out the dance floor. You’d think all the chicks would be offended but not at all; they’re all out there going yeah! I’m a crazy bitch! Funny old world.

      • #29080
        superblonde
        Keymaster

        That’s not really how it works. Generally you try to let the kids pick the ensemble songs. You just try to keep the difficulty level within reason.

        that is how it works.. the kids (youngest bracket and/or beginners.. 6-12 yr olds) start in the punk bands and those songs have offensive lyrics. all the bands’ setlists are created by the lesson franchise, by the instructors, not chosen by the kids. At the show the person taking the tickets specifically asked (twice actually cause I went outside then came back in) “you’re ok with profanity right? there’s profanity in this show are you ok with that?” I forget the song list. The first song was a well known punk song that starts off “hey you m* f* blah blah more profanity..” 9 year old kid on vocals, wearing sunglasses..

        come on guys, it’s just words.

        two of the biggest musical heroes and musical influences on everyone got shot because of certain words. don’t let it pass so easily. sure, it was done by crazy people, but words set them into motion. Lennon, Dimebag. There’s other musicians it’s not just those guys as well, we all know the stories. Especially with how crazy online media is to blow memes out of proportion these days and make borderline nutty people even crazier? Lets just say I have no plans to cover anything by Body Count even tho the music is awesome (or without modifying the lyrics).

        I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
        And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #29081
      2handband
      Participant

      that is how it works.. the kids (youngest bracket and/or beginners.. 6-12 yr olds) start in the punk bands and those songs have offensive lyrics. all the bands’ setlists are created by the lesson franchise, by the instructors, not chosen by the kids. At the show the person taking the tickets specifically asked (twice actually cause I went outside then came back in) “you’re ok with profanity right? there’s profanity in this show are you ok with that?” I forget the song list. The first song was a well known punk song that starts off “hey you m* f* blah blah more profanity..” 9 year old kid on vocals, wearing sunglasses..

      That would never happen up here in the Bible belt! You’d have an empty studio the next day. Anyway, every teaching situation I’ve ever been in that did ensembles let the students pick insofar as was possible. It was always a PITA anyway. Nine times out of ten you’d have the instructor playing bass because the studio would have 50 guitar students and two bass students, you know? There were always way more singers than there were ensembles for them, at least ever since american idol happened. Voice lesson sign-ups have absolutely skyrocketed in the last decade. Pity i’m the worst vocalist on the planet, y’know?

    • #29082
      superblonde
      Keymaster

      I nominate for the beginner song list,

      Downtown Neil Young

      5th string and 6th string barre chords at 122 BPM, with a tricky strum pattern. basic tab can be found online.

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #29083
      2handband
      Participant

      I know I’ve mentioned this before but if you “hook up” with somebody based on looks and then discover later that you are not thrilled with the personality or intellect, there might be some kind of lesson there. LOL

      Sarah, that is a lesson that at 44 years of age I still have not managed to learn.

      • #29094
        rightonthemark
        Participant

        with 26 years of marriage under my belt i guess i got lucky.
        because i married up.

        rock and roll ain't pretty; that's why they picked us to play it.

      • #29100
        Sarah Spisak
        Keymaster

        LOL! Not to worry… You are free to suffer for as long as you choose!

      • #29105
        rightonthemark
        Participant

        ‘til death do us part 💒💍

        rock and roll ain't pretty; that's why they picked us to play it.

      • #29106
        Sarah Spisak
        Keymaster

        Oop- my comment was a reply to 2handband!!!

      • #29113
        rightonthemark
        Participant

        lol.
        after my comment i was thinking what’s more metal than til death do us part? 🤘🏽🎸🤘🏽

        rock and roll ain't pretty; that's why they picked us to play it.

    • #29084
      superblonde
      Keymaster

      Pity i’m the worst vocalist on the planet, y’know?

      this is one of the big problems I had (still have but less now) with finding beginner songs. the vocals have to be in an easy range and as a beginner it is not possible to know how to modify the song to suit. this limitation rules out a lot of tunes, CCR forget it, a lot of 70s rock actually because many of those vocalists were really great, nirvana sounds horrible from pretty much anyone else not really talented (I still tried anyways). Tom Petty might be good – for most songs. Neil young has been a good choice. Those guys, songs from guitarists who are specifically known for not having great vocals. Metal covers, pretty much no way, metal has the best vocalists who learned how to scream thru years of hard work. LZ covers, certainly no way. Punk to some extent okay if they arent screaming but punk songs are high BPM which is tough as beginner. Green Day is playable but the vocals will not sound close without a lot of work. etc.

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #29088
      2handband
      Participant

      this is one of the big problems I had (still have but less now) with finding beginner songs. the vocals have to be in an easy range and as a beginner it is not possible to know how to modify the song to suit. this limitation rules out a lot of tunes, CCR forget it, a lot of 70s rock actually because many of those vocalists were really great, nirvana sounds horrible from pretty much anyone else not really talented (I still tried anyways). Tom Petty might be good – for most songs. Neil young has been a good choice. Those guys, songs from guitarists who are specifically known for not having great vocals. Metal covers, pretty much no way, metal has the best vocalists who learned how to scream thru years of hard work. LZ covers, certainly no way. Punk to some extent okay if they arent screaming but punk songs are high BPM which is tough as beginner. Green Day is playable but the vocals will not sound close without a lot of work. etc.

      My solution is to simply let someone who is better at it than I am do lead vocals. I’ll sing harmonies if I have to (and sadly it happens a lot), but I hate that too. I like to run around a lot and I have enough trouble remembering to be back at my pedalboard for patch changes; never mind getting to my mic stand in time.

    • #29101
      superblonde
      Keymaster

      everything i learned about dating I learned from rock n roll 😘 great beginner lessons on love from Doug!


      Hawk – Can’t fall in love

      ☠️☠️☠️

      (a bit tough for a beginner song tho .. and omg impossible vocals..)

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #29107
      2handband
      Participant

      with 26 years of marriage under my belt i guess i got lucky.
      because i married up.

      Respect and envy on my end, man. My marriage was really good until the kids happened. I’ll spare you the details, but the fact that I’m a man in MN and I got custody probably tells you everything you need to know. I have a GF now who lives with us and things are going well with so I suppose there is hope.

    • #29108
      2handband
      Participant

      Oop- my comment was a reply to 2handband!!!

      Bwahhahaha now that is funny. A prison sentence… 26 years hard marriage. But seriously, kudos to Mark for keeping it real for so long. Funny related side note: I’m on set break, and my ex wife is in the audience. She still comes to my gigs when she can and she particularly likes these little acoustic shows.

      • #29116
        superblonde
        Keymaster

        hope she tips. i’d probably say that straight into the mic. 🤗 😈

        I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
        And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #29118
      2handband
      Participant

      about Nikki Sixx OD’ing on heroin and Adler throwing him under cold water in a shower to wake him up until the paramedics arrived to give him CPR,

      I’m skeptical of Motley Crue stories; the band has been proven on several occasions to have faked arrests and stuff to make themselves look more like badass party animals than was in fact the case. Basically deliberately shooting to up the ante on notoriety. Why not? Notoriety sells. I would deeply question this story because if Sixx actually needed CPR dumping him in a cold shower would have at best been useless and quite possibly would have reduced his chances. Source: I am an EMT.

      One of the anti-authority songs I wrote has A chorus “find your strength, pick up your weapon and overthrow them” or something and I explained to a friend it was a metaphor for voting in public elections, the weapon was the pencil to make the marks in the ballot bubbles

      Lemme say first that I mean this in the most tongue in cheek fashion, but I just have to give some grief about the concept of “anti-authoritarian voting”. I don’t think it’s really a thing… 😉

    • #29119
      superblonde
      Keymaster

      I’ll also add: Ring Of Fire. Volbeat got famous for covering that song and ripping it off for their originals.

      Folsom Prison Blues too. So those 2 would be the 2 Johnny Cash songs for the list. Bands have both of these in their set lists locally. The vocal range is more straightforward for a guy beginner (not the vocal strength but at least the range is ok). The strum pattern ends up being similar right hand motion to ACDC Thing as well maybe? Just guessing.

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #29440
      Curt Kingston
      Participant

      “Keep on rocking in the free world” by Neil Young is pretty easy. The solo is E minor pentatonic first pattern 12th fret. It’s a good opportunity for improvisation.

      You can play the open chords or you can harden it up with power chords.

      Mario Bros. Plumbing ★☆☆☆☆ (69 Reviews) Hired them to clear my drain, stole my coin collection, stomped my turtle to death and ran off with my girlfri.... (Read More)

    • #29444
      superblonde
      Keymaster

      I would like to know if MAB has an easy song and/or which of MAB’s songs is “the easiest”. Since Doug put a hawk song directly into the basic course in week 36 I guess that is his easiest song and assumes week-36-level-skill. Does Dan Mumm have an easy song? Or Dee J? Or maybe someone should give Dan Mumm the challenge to specifically write a couple easy songs since he seems to be pumping out epic songwriting like nobody’s business recently?

      Way back when I was really looking for easy yet heavy beginner songs I started looking into some underground metal bands which had amazing songs in standard tuning and crazy sludgy.. I ran across one bigger underground band and their tabs but have now misplaced them (the tabs were gp6 and seemed accurate too).. it would be worth digging into the metal archives. To give a feel for the music.. the tempo was like 120 BPM but the guitar parts were often whole note chords tied across multiple measures. Cant explain how the songs were so heavy but they sure were heavy.. Absolutely perfect for an angry metal beginner..

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #31790
      redfartleader1803
      Participant

      Breaking The Law by Judas Priest was the first song I ever learned to play a few years ago. That would be a great one to start with although it is a little up tempo but you’ll get it with practice.
      Others I found were Heaven’s On Fire by Kiss, Enter Sandman and Until It Sleeps by Metallica and You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC.
      Number of the Beast and Run To The Hills by Iron Maiden are relatively simple songs but they are a bit up tempo and you have to practice your articulations (hammer-ons/pull-offs, bends etc) to tempo which can be a bit frustrating to beginners. Can only advise to keep at it if you’re there..
      I hope this helps, just sharing a bit of my learning experiences.

    • #33058
      rightonthemark
      Participant

      wow this thread really seemed to go sideways.
      but getting back to easy songs.
      i was working on my setlist for the upcoming local all star jam and Stacy’s Mom by fountains of wayne is on my list.
      pretty easy all the way thru – even the solo.
      if you can play eighth notes at 118 bpm then this tune should pose no real problem.
      and it’s a fun song.

      🤘🏽🎸🤘🏽

      rock and roll ain't pretty; that's why they picked us to play it.

    • #33448
      bjaramil
      Participant

      Judas Priest Livin After Midnight
      Tesla Rock Me To The Top

    • #33453
      vandiar
      Participant

      Two easy songs to develop strummimg technique with open chords.

      Candlebox – Cover Me – Cover Me Tab

      Big empty- STP Big Empty Tab
      The C – C7 transition is a good practice point, it may not be entirely accurate. The chord sounds like a C9 chord and subsequently that is the way I practice it. Remember on the strumming to keep your hand moving to the tempo of the song!

      I will continue posting songs here.

    • #33495
      vandiar
      Participant

      Save Me by Shinedown.
      This is a perfect song to work on barre chords.
      Save Me Tab

    • #33498
      Kaliman33
      Participant

      In my dreams by Dokken,
      My my hey hey but billy talent metal version
      Into the fire
      I like punk, so bro hymm is super fun to play

    • #33622
      rutbuster1
      Participant

      To myself, these were easy, good rhythm guitar songs……I could do all the rhythm but not the leads. I’m having to start all over cause of an motorcycle accident which broke my left wrist and back in 2016. My wrist was repaired and healed completely but it’s offset and three fingers always have a tingling sensation. I’m having to re-learn positioning of my fret hand from scratch, also getting a comfortable position for my back. Plus, this time, I’m going to go step by step with the lessons and learn the notes I’m playing. I never learned that, just got the tablature and practiced along with the music till I got it right. I’m wanting to get back to the level I was which was intermediate. I was playing the rhythm of Iron Maiden. I have a LOOONNNGGG way to go but I’ll eventually get there.

      Fastway: Trick or Treat (rhythm)

      Kiss: Lick It Up (rhythm)

      Cinderella: Gypsy Road (rhythm)

      Poison: Talk Dirty To Me (rhythm)

      Britny Fox: Girlschool (rhythm)

      • #33658
        Sarah Spisak
        Keymaster

        Thanks for your post- these are good suggestions! I wanted a motorcycle ever since I can remember, but never actually owned one. 😉
        There is a lot to learn about guitar and music that does not involve physical dexterity. It’s great to see your determination to stick with it!

    • #33983
      LiaF
      Participant

      I recommend this blog post, it has 5 easy beginner guitar songs with tutorials. Perfect for those learning how to play the guitar! 😉

      .. play-guitars.com/easy-beginner-guitar-songs

      [superblonde edit: this post is obvious spam but i’m leaving it anyway & just removing the link from embedding. The suggested songs are: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan, Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People, Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple, Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day. ]

      • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by superblonde.
    • #34839
      Copperhead
      Participant

      Ultimate easy 3 chord beginner song: Don’t Worry Be Happy Done w/o instruments (Bobby McFarrin made all the sounds himself) but easy to play with G-Am-C for all the chords.

      On there’s PC and then there is stupidity. Some wrote the local newspaper and complained that her grade school kid’s teacher played Clapton’s Cocaine on guitar for his class. Definitely a “duh” moment.

    • #34928
      superblonde
      Keymaster

      Audioslave, Like A Stone.

      A dive bar cover band played it the other night so I started learning it, yeah really perfect beginner song, especially the chorus, simple long barre chords shown below (I dont know if these chords from the online tab are in the right position, but they match the track at least). Also the lead guitar part is easy and just repeats the entire verse.. the solo seems about intermediate and could be gotten down too, morello uses crazy heavy wah but it could be played normally too.

      audioslave-like-a-stone-chords

      The bonus is that it’s chris cornell,doesnt get much cooler than that, and the song is not a love song either 😛

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

      Attachments:
      1. audioslave-like-a-stone-chords.jpg

    • #35060

      American Girl by Tom Petty

    • #35065
      superblonde
      Keymaster

      On there’s PC and then there is stupidity. Some wrote the local newspaper and complained that her grade school kid’s teacher played Clapton’s Cocaine on guitar for his class. Definitely a “duh” moment.

      when i was in my amateur gigging band a few years ago we played as a charity event at a special needs school, we had Cocaine on our setlist and didn’t think anything about it but when it came time to play it we all looked at each other like “uh ohh, this isn’t right” and our lead singer turned around and said “Ummm… Propane… propane, these kids like explosions right?” He sang the song using the word Propane. One of his shining moments in my opinion. Cover bands especially vocalists just dont realize how easy it is to improve words without any song impact.. especially since the original songwriter had no real purpose in choosing those words to begin with, it’s not like these classic rock lyrics are some deep meaning poem that falls apart if a word is changed, in fact a lot of the word choices are insulting now or even originally chosen for shock-rock purposes (Lou Reed for example). Personally when it comes to drug references in songs it really bugs me because it just adds to the mystique of trying something when young that could really be life destroying if someone has the wrong genetics (addiction genes). There’s a handful of poor words in rock and then everything ever said in gangsta rap of course..

      Weird Al Yankovic really did everyone huge favors in the 80s! Preserved the songs & solos, swapped out bad lyrics for something innocently amusing.

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

      • #35067
        rightonthemark
        Participant

        how about toy train?

        propane has been done.

        rock and roll ain't pretty; that's why they picked us to play it.

    • #36604
      stenio123
      Participant

      Hello!

      I like heavier songs, these have been the easiest I found so far:

      Gorgoroth – Sorg
      Dimmu Borgir – Broderskapets Ring

      Just google for the Guitar Pro tabs. Enjoy! 🙂

Viewing 53 reply threads
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.