4 Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners

by Joe Walker

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

You have to be able to play only four simple, open chords to perform this song.

Most of the song repeats the progression:  G - C - G - D.

The chorus is a little different:  C - D - G - Em | C - D - G - D

 

G
G major guitar chord
      C
C major guitar chord
      D
D major guitar chord
      Em
E minor guitar chord - Em
 

Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

This is a classic I IV V IV vehicle. The original chords are: Bb, Eb, F, Eb, but you can move it down to A or use a capo at the first fret to eliminate barre chords.

This makes the progression A - D - E - D.

The chorus uses chords: F and Eb  in the original key.
Use E - D chords in the easier key of A.

The new chords used in this song are:

A
A major guitar chord
  and   E
E major guitar chord
 

Undone (The Sweater Song) - Weezer

Originally recorded in the key of F#, tuned down a half step. You can move it up to G or tune down to match.

The whole song (until the solo) cycles through four chords: G - C - D - C, usually power chords.

The intro, which reappears several times in the song, uses some strange voicings, which require the open B string.

e|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-------0-------0-|-------0-------0-|
G|-----3-------3---|-----5-------3---|
D|---2-------2-----|---4-------2-----|
A|---------3-------|-5-------3-------|
E|-3---------------|-----------------|

The diagrams for these power chords:

G5
G power chord - G5
      C5
C power chord - C5
      D5
D power chord - D5
 

TiK ToK - Ke$ha

The entire song repeats this progression:

Bb - / - C  - Dm | x3
Bb - / - Dm - C  |

Usually, the B flat major chord (Bb) is a barre chord. Here I have included both simplified version of this chord that do not require a barre, along with an original diagram.

Bb (simplified)
B flat major guitar chord without barre
  or   Bb
B flat major guitar chord - Bb
          Dm
D minor guitar chord - Dm
 

About the author:

Joe Walker teaches guitar lessons in Seattle to students of all ages and abilities. He specializes in rock, pop, folk, blues, and jazz.

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