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  • Easy Songs to Start (Guitar Teachers)

    Posted by Dave Rutherford on September 8, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I get asked this quite a lot, so thought it may be worth popping a thread in here about it.

    Great songs to get MOST students going, depending on their age and what the recognise. I firmly believe that they need to have some idea of the song and that way they’ll practice it – as its ‘made real in their universe’.

    Seven Nation Army – one string riff and introduces G and A major chords.
    Sunshine Of Your Love – cool riff, uses different fingers, and introduces 3 chords that can be played open.
    Beat It – again good riff, people know it, chords can be played open. I do this in standard tuning as they wont be playing along to the track at this stage anyway.
    Hold Back The River- using just the high E string, made simple. Great fo young kids.
    Songbird – Oasis G and Emi7


    Guest Teacher replied 7 years, 10 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Guest Teacher

    September 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Dave,

    Your choices definitely are great options as good easy songs. A few more ideas:

    Superstition main riff-Is a really good one to learn how to mute strings with the left hand to get that extra percussive element.
    Highway to Hell- Very well known,open chords and great for reinforce pulse.
    Sabbra Cadabra – Every beginner metal head is very keen to learn this one and is a good riff for introducing hammer-ons and pull-offs.


  • Guest Teacher

    September 8, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Some nice suggestions!

    I particularly like to use:

    Singing in the Rain – A and E7 (or G and D7 and riff on open strings)
    Johnny B Goode – A, D and E7 + whatever basic blues riffs you want to throw in. Leads nicely into learning the pentatonic and blues scale, too.

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