10 Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners

A lot of beginner guitar players get over whelmed with what they have to learn. They just want a couple of guitar songs for beginners.

I found that most people won’t give up on playing if they just can play some songs. While they are also learning the techniques and skills to play guitar.

That’s why I have put together 10 easy guitar songs for beginners. This is going to help all beginner guitarist. To get you up and running quickly with beginner chords, chord diagrams and more. So if your ready grab your guitar and lets have some fun.

Look at these 10 easy guitar songs for beginners:

  1. Elvis Presley All Shook Up
  2. Go Rest High On That Mountain (Vince Gill)
  3. Tulsa Time (Easy Just 2 Chords)
  4. Family Tradition By Hank Williams JR.
  5. Pontoon By Little Big Town
  6. Amanda By Whaling Jennings
  7. Tennessee Whisky (Easy Chords)
  8. Mama He’s Crazy By the Judds
  9. What’s Up By 4 non Blondes (Cool Rhythm)
  10. Bad Moon Rising By CCR

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Elvis Presley All Shook Up

A Lot of Elvis songs are great for beginners. They usually have 3 chords in the song. And a easy strumming pattern. Also a lot of Elvis songs are 12 bar Blues.

Let me start by showing you the chords in the song and then how to play it. There are three chords. Check out the diagrams to play the chords.

I would recommend becoming familiar with the chord shapes then try strumming and changing between them.

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A Chord Finger Position

  • Place Your first finger on the 4th string. The D string. At the second fret.
  • Your second finger is on the 3rd string. Which is the G string. Also at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the B string. At the second fret. This is the 2nd string.
  • Strum from the 5th string down, and don’t play the 6th strings.

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How to Play D on Guitar

Open D
  • Place your finger on the 3rd string. The G string. At the second fret.
  • Put your second finger on the 1st string. (E string). Also at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the 2nd string. (B string). At the third fret.
  • Strum from the 4th string down. Don’t play the 5th or 6th string.

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E Chord on Guitar

How to Play E Major on Guitar

  • Place your first finger on the 3rd string. (G string). At the first fret.
  • Your second finger is on the A string. (5th string). Also at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the D string. 4th string, second fret.
  • When strumming the E chord you can strum all the strings.

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All Shook Up Strumming Pattern

Down Down Up Up Down Up. Which is the same as 1 2 and and 3 and. The Down strums are the numbers and the and are up strums. To learn more about strumming check out my free guitar lesson here.

Go Rest High On That Mountain (Vince Gill)

This song is a nice slow easy song. Which makes it a little easier to learn for a beginner because it is at a slower tempo. Here are the chords in the song.


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Tulsa Time (Easy Just 2 Chords)

Living on Tulsa Time is one of the easy guitar songs for Beginners. So easy it just has two chords. Learn them and you got it. Oh and there is an easy intro lick that I will show you. This is so much fun to play. But first lets look at the two chords.

E Major Chord

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First Let’s Look at the Finger Position of the E Chord!

  • Place your first finger on the 3rd string. (G string). At the first fret.
  • Your second finger is on the A string. (5th string). Also at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the D string. 4th string, second fret.
  • When strumming the E chord you can strum all the strings.

Don’t worry about that B chord. It’s not as hard as it looks. You can do It!

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B Chord Finger Position

  • Place your first finger at the 2nd fret of the 5th string. (A string).
  • Your third finger is on strings 4, 3, and 2, at the 5th fret.
  • Don’t play the E string. (6th string).

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How to strum Living on Tulsa Time

I tell you this is one of the most popular strumming patterns around. Down Down Up Up Down up. To get more tips on how to play Tulsa time and the Video guitar lesson click on What is the Easiest Country song to learn on guitar.

Family Tradition By Hank Williams JR.

I love Hank Williams Junior. He is known for his singing, but he is pretty great at guitar too. This song has three chords in it.

Don’t get hung up on that B chord. I’ll show you how. Check out the finger positions of the chords below.

How to Play the E Chord

  • Place your first finger on the 3rd string. (G string). At the first fret.
  • Your second finger is on the A string. (5th string). Also at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the D string. 4th string, second fret.
  • When strumming the E chord you can strum all the strings.

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Finger Position of the A Chord on Guitar

  • Place Your first finger on the 4th string. The D string. At the second fret.
  • Your second finger is on the 3rd string. Which is the G string. Also at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the B string. At the second fret. This is the 2nd string.
  • Strum from the 5th string down, and don’t play the 6th strings.

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How to Play the B Major Chord on Guitar

Place your first finger at the 2nd fret of the 5th string. (A string).
Your third finger is on strings 4, 3, and 2, at the 5th fret.
Don’t play the E string. (6th string).

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Pontoon By Little Big Town

3 Easy Beginner Chords. And a Great rhythm pattern that is easy. This is why pontoon is such a great song for a beginner guitar player. You can find the complete beginner guitar lesson here: Guitar Songs with Chords for Beginners.

Amanda By Whaling Jennings

This is such a great song. And another easy song for beginners. This song has an easy strumming pattern and 3 easy chords. Take a look at the complete guitar lesson here: 11 Easy Country Love Songs to Play on Guitar

Tennessee Whisky (Easy Chords)

Chris Stapleton brings modern to Country music. But still has that great Country Classic Sound. To me I can hear a lot of Willy Nelson in him and some of the Great Country singers.

This guitar lesson has primarily two chords. But every now and then the A goes to an A Sus. Which simply means you place your pinky down on the B string.

The song is arpeggiated. Which means you pick individual strings instead of the complete chord. But for a beginner guitar player simply strum the chord. That’s it! Take a look at how to play Tennessee Whiskey.

Mama He’s Crazy By the Judds

What’s Up By 4 non Blondes (Cool Rhythm)

How to play What’s Up. First you need 3 chords. Look at the chord diagrams below. Get familiar with them. Then you need a capo on the second fret. You can play it without, but you will need to play barre chords. Check out the chords.

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The Strumming Pattern to What’s Up

Down up Down Up Down Up Down Up Down Up. To get the Complete Video Tutorial Click What’s Up By 4 Non Blondes. And don’t forget to Subscribe!

Bad Moon Rising By CCR

Bad moon rising made the list of easy songs on guitar. Check out the list of the top easy songs on guitar. For not just beginners but for all guitarists. There you will find a complete tutorial of Bad moon rising.

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