Anyone into guitars probably wants to do some easy song for beginners. And the guitar can be pretty complicated at times. The first chord you generally start with is the “G” chord. We all like to play some easy songs for beginners. Then there is the dreaded “C” chord. And finally, the “D” chord.
These three chords are usually the first three chords that you learn. But with just these chords, you can play many different guitar songs for beginners.
- 1 Strumming Guitar Songs Beginners D C G
- 1.1 I’m a Believer – The Monkees
- 1.2 Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
- 1.3 Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
- 1.4 Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
- 1.5 Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
- 1.6 Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi
- 1.7 Release – Pearl Jam
- 1.8 Paperback Writer – The Beatles
- 1.9 Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns and Roses
- 1.10 Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- 2 Final Notes
Strumming Guitar Songs Beginners D C G
I’m a Believer – The Monkees
This song is one of the first songs you learn to play on the guitar. It is one of my favorites because it has a three-chord progression. DC G is also a prevalent guitar chord progression; so many songs use this progression. It is a prevalent chord progression in rock, pop, country, and folk songs and is often used in folk music.
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan’s song Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door is an excellent example of a song that uses only three chords. The main chord progression is DC G, but at the end of the chorus, the guitar part (on the chorus) jumps from the sixth to the third string, so it has a whole different sound. The chord progression changes to fit the rhythm of the song.
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire is a great song because of the chord changes in the chorus. One of my favorite parts about this song is when the chords go G DC and back to G again. G DC has been changed to G D C G and sometimes D C G A in the chorus.
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd’s song Wish You Were Here is an excellent example of a song that uses only three chords. The main chord progression is C G, but the chords change to GD at the end of the chorus and then back to C. The chord progression of GD and C is repeated and different throughout the song.
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog is a great song because of the chord progression. At the beginning of the song, the chords are C G, which is repeated through the song’s first half. It changes halfway through when D C G A is played in the chorus. Hound Dog is one of those songs that I want to hear over and over and over again.
Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead Or Alive is an excellent example of a song with a simple chord progression. It has only four chords, C G C G, making it very easy to play along with. It is used as the intro of almost every song by the band, and everyone can recognize it.
Release – Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam’s Release is another song with a simple chord progression. It starts with a D chord and continues with a G chord throughout. It’s a simple song, but the strumming pattern can be a little tricky. If you’re a beginner, I suggest limiting yourself to just strumming the chords, making sure you hit the D and the G. You can also try playing the song with just a high hat.
Paperback Writer – The Beatles
The Beatles made just three songs using the G chord, but they’re all relatively easy to play. Paperback Writer, All My Loving, and Something – all three are four-chord songs with easy-to-follow strumming patterns. This song is very repetitive but with a good rhythm. The melody line is relatively easy to sing, so it’s also an excellent song for beginners.
Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns and Roses
This is one of the most recognizable songs ever written, and for a good reason: The chord progression is easy to play. There’s one part that’s a little tricky, though: the riff. If you’ve never played guitar before, then make sure you practice this part from lots of different angles, so your finger muscles don’t forget.
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
This is yet another easy four-chord song to learn. The intro is a bit tricky, but once you’re past that point, you can play the rhythm with just the barre chords. It’s fun to sing the chorus, too. Consider learning this song by ear before trying to play it.
If you decide to start learning some of your favorite songs by ear, then make sure that you learn from a more experienced guitarist. This way, you can make sure you’re playing everything correctly so you can focus on having fun. The G, C, and D chords are easy to learn too.
Be sure to take a look at these beginner AC/DC guitar songs as well.