Grab your electric or acoustic guitar and get learning. These songs are all level 1-5 on the Yousician app and are super easy to understand and follow for beginner guitar players. You can play these songs in the Yousician app’s practice mode and even slow down the tempo and practice the songs at your own rate.
These 20 simple guitar songs will help any beginner become a master of the guitar. Switching between chords and stretching your fingers to faraway notes will soon come naturally as you learn to play these songs. You might soon notice that your fingers are really starting to hurt! This is good. It means you’re building up calluses on the tips of your fingers, which used to be soft. So don’t worry and just keep on playing.
By practicing the guitar at least 10 minutes a day (I’m not joking, it’s that easy!) you’ll start to notice at the end of the week that your fingers don’t hurt anymore. (Tip: Try not to pick off your calluses, it’ll just make it worse. They’re your battle scars, wear them proudly.) I find the easiest way to practice 10 minutes per day is using the Guided Lessons or find the path you want to master in the Guitar Syllabus on Yousician. However, what works for you is always the best way to practice playing the guitar—or any instrument, for that matter.
Playing guitar chords and acoustic guitar with a capo
Sometimes you need a capo for a song. Capos are a cheap but essential accessory for any beginner guitar player. They raise the pitch and change the key of a song while still using the same chords you have learned and are familiar with. Just count from the start of the capo instead of the beginning of the guitar’s fretboard to play your chord or melody. Capos are great if you like to sing along with your guitar playing because you can adjust the song to any pitch or key you want.
If you love any of the songs below, chances are we offer a lesson in bass, ukulele, piano or singing for it. You and your friends can finally get together and create that band you have always dreamed of.
We add new songs to the Yousician App every week so keep coming back to check out the new tunes. The best place to find new songs is the Yousician Songs Library.
20 fun and easy guitar songs for beginners
Below are some short example videos for 20 easy, beginner-friendly guitar songs to learn. The songs use some of the most important and common guitar chords that every beginner should learn. Each of these 20 guitar songs also have simple and fun melodies that are easy to learn and play along to. Learn how to play these great beginner-friendly songs on the guitar with the best music learning app – Yousician!
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Cowboy Chords (D, C, G). Learning this Southern rock classic is a good way to get started with the basic guitar chords and simple chord progressions. Play this for your friends and they can’t help but sing along. The basic D, C and G are easy chords to get you started on your journey to becoming a talented guitar player.
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Cowboy Chords with a Capo (Am, F, C, G). Some more easy chords in this one. This touching and beautiful ballad is a great way to practice strumming along to more of the basic guitar chords.
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Cowboy Chords (Am, Em, G, Dm). Learn to play some of the minor chords with this classic pop song from the 70s. Adding these guitar chords to your skillset is a great way to improve and learn more.
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Basic Melody. The wild funk rock band slows down in this hit song that everyone will surely have heard before.
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Main Riff. Simple but catchy. If the main riff of this song was not playing in your head already, it surely will after learning to play it on guitar.
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Basic Power Chords (A5, E5). Another Southern rock classic that introduces you to some useful power chords. You will come across many different power chords in guitar tabs, so it is a great idea to start learning them as a beginner.
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Basic Melody. The melody of this upbeat pop song is a great one to learn whether you are a beginner or a more advanced guitarist.
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Melody. Learn to play this calm and moody pop song with your acoustic guitar.
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Basic Riff. Once you know how to play this alternative rock hit’s main riff, try learning the chords as well.
Very simple, slow rate, easy to follow melody. Beautiful lyrics by one of our own Yousician singers.
Similar style to Bohemian Rhapsody. Very simple melody with faster background music.
Upbeat, funky sound. This one is great because it has your fingers moving around a bit more. It repeats so you can get the riff down and then just repeat it. It also has chords, so you get to practice holding chords and switching back to the melody. Try playing in practice mode a few times before hitting play.
Great for learning power chords for beginners. Robotic, modern sounds.
Power chords, a bit faster and more changes than in the previous song.
Very easy song using the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd frets. The silly lyrics and repeating verses make this a fun and easy guitar song to learn.
Combination of melody and power chords. A more punk/rock sounding song.
Slow, easily repeatable verses. Complexity increases as the song continues.
Practice your hammer-ons with this song. Playing a bit further down the fretboard and a bit faster than the rest.
Metal song for beginners. Uses the 1st, 2nd and 3rd frets, and is slow enough for beginners to learn.