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Beginner Guitar Songs:
Simple 2 and 3-chord Tunes

To help you memorize chords better, and practice chord switching, we’ve compiled this list of 2 and 3 chord beginner guitar songs. It’s organized by which chords are used, so you can learn just 2 or 3 chords and get started with your favourite tunes right away.

More at  https://goodguitarist.com/beginner-guitar-songs-chords/#easychords 

Progression #1 – E and Asus2

Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen – CAPO 7
I’ve Got A Feeling – The Beatles – CAPO 5 (Note: Contains a riff at the end of each verse)
I Have A Dream – ABBA – CAPO 1 (Note: The chorus contains a D chord)
Born Free – Kid Rock (Note: later in the song we come across F#m and D)
Achey Breakey Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
Boys Around Here – Blake Shelton (CAPO 5)

Progression #2 – C and Fmaj7

Imagine – John Lennon (Note: C and Fmaj7 during the verse only. Also, the recording is slightly out of tune)
Feeling Alright – Traffic
Walk On The Wild Side – Lou Reed (Note: One part which has Dm, which we’ll learn later)
I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers

Progression #3 – G and Cadd9

Love Me Do – The Beatles (Note: There’s a D chord in the “bridge”)
Anyone Else But You – The Mouldy Peaches
Paperback Writer – The Beatles
Everyday People – Sly And The Family Stone
Give Peace A Chance – John Lennon
Jambalaya – Hank Williams

Progression #4 – G and Dsus4

Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel (Note: D and G mostly. A and C during the bridge)
 What I Got – Sublime – Watch the tutorial here
Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
Lively Up Yourself – Bob Marley
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

Progression #5 – G, Cadd9 and Dsus4

 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan – Watch the tutorial here (Note: contains Am, but we can play C instead and it sounds fine)
Leaving On A Jet Plane – John Denver
 Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison – Watch the tutorial here
The Joker – Steve Miller Band
If I Needed You – Townes Van Zandt – CAPO 4
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Shine – Collective Soul
Wonderful – Everclear
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
 We’re Going To Be Friends – White Stripes – Watch the tutorial here  (Note: the bridge contains an A chord)
Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison

Progression #6 – G, Cadd9, Dsus4 and Em7

The One I Love – R.E.M
Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles (Note: only uses Em and C. Also, try experimenting with the E minor chord melody over this tune)
 Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton – Watch the tutorial here
Redemption Song – Bob Marley
Zombie – The Cranberries
Time Of The Season – The Zombies
Songbird – Oasis (Note: only uses G and Em)
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Pompeii – Bastille – CAPO 2
Last Kiss – Pearl Jam version
Hello – Adele – CAPO 1
Country Roads – John Denver – CAPO 2 (Note: bridge contains F)
Teardrops On My Guitar – Taylor Swift – CAPO 3
 I’m Yours – Jason Mraz – CAPO 4 – Watch the tutorial here  (Note: bridge contains A7)
 Let It Be – The Beatles – CAPO 5 – Watch the tutorial here
Love Story – Taylor Swift – CAPO 7
 Hey Soul Sister – Train – CAPO 9 – Watch the tutorial here
 Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National – CAPO 2 – Watch the tutorial here 

The Most Common 3-Chord Progressions On Guitar
(From Chapter 4 of our Beginner’s Guitar Course)

In the beginner’s guitar course, I refer to these 3-chord progressions as “chord families.” I use this terminology simply to indicate that these are chords which work well together and are related through very strong musical forces that we’ll be learning about in the future.

Family #1 – A, D and E

Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond – CAPO 2
Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson (Note: it’s just D to E the WHOLE time)
Second Hand News – Fleetwood Mac
 Three Little Birds – Bob Marley – Watch the tutorial here
Lazy Song – Bruno Mars (Note: Has a couple extra chords here and there)
Doesn’t Remind Me – Audioslave (Note: The bridge contains more chords)
Lightning Crashes – Live – CAPO 2 (Note: The bridge contains more chords)
I Have A Dream – ABBA – CAPO 1
Boys Around Here – Blake Shelton (Note: Only uses A and D)
Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley
 Praise You – Fatboy Slim – CAPO 3 – Watch the tutorial here  (Note: the bridge contains a B7 chord)
Rescue Me – Fontella Bass (Note: there’s a riff in there, just play D over it)
Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran (Note: it goes pretty fast from E to A, then from D to E)
Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones (Note: there’s a B7 in the chorus)

Family #2 – G, C and D

 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan – Watch the tutorial here (Note: contains Am, but we can play C instead and it sounds fine)
Leaving On A Jet Plane – John Denver
 Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison – Watch the tutorial here
The Joker – Steve Miller Band
Love Me Do – The Beatles
If I Needed You – Townes Van Zandt – CAPO 4
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Shine – Collective Soul
Wonderful – Everclear
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
 We’re Going To Be Friends – White Stripes – Watch the tutorial here  (Note: the bridge contains an A chord)
Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison

Family #3 – Em, Am and B7

Shakin’ All Over – Johnny Kidd & The Pirates (Note: It’s just Em and Am)
I Put A Spell On You – Jay Hawkins – CAPO 1
Riders On The Storm – The Doors (Note: contains C and D)

Family #3 (converted to MAJOR) – E, A and B7

Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash – CAPO 2
Walk of Life – Dire Straits
Yellow Ledbetter – Pearl Jam
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – Willie Nelson
 Man of Constant Sorrow – Soggy Bottom Boys – CAPO 1 – Watch the tutorial here

Family #4 – C, F and G

   or   

Twist And Shout – The Beatles – CAPO 2
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
Hand In My Pocket – Alanis Morisette
 Dreams – Fleetwood Mac – Watch the tutorial here  (Note: only uses F and G)
Down On The Corner – CCR

Family #5 – Am, Dm and E

Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac – CAPO 5
Moondance – Van Morrison
Natural Mystic – Bob Marley (Note: there’s a G in there every once in a while)
God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash

The Absolute Most Common Chord Progression On Guitar
(From Chapter 5 of our Beginner’s Guitar Course)

This is THE most common chord progression on guitar. With it, you can play hundreds of songs. If you play it with a capo (which allows you to easily change keys) you can play thousands of songs.

The chords:

The One I Love – R.E.M
Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles (Note: only uses Em and C. Also, try experimenting with the E minor chord melody over this tune)
 Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton – Watch the tutorial here
Redemption Song – Bob Marley
Zombie – The Cranberries
Time Of The Season – The Zombies
Songbird – Oasis (Note: only uses G and Em)
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Pompeii – Bastille – CAPO 2
Last Kiss – Pearl Jam version
Hello – Adele – CAPO 1
Country Roads – John Denver – CAPO 2 (Note: bridge contains F)
Teardrops On My Guitar – Taylor Swift – CAPO 3
 I’m Yours – Jason Mraz – CAPO 4 – Watch the tutorial here  (Note: bridge contains A7)
 Let It Be – The Beatles – CAPO 5 – Watch the tutorial here
Love Story – Taylor Swift – CAPO 7
 Hey Soul Sister – Train – CAPO 9 – Watch the tutorial here
 Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National – CAPO 2 – Watch the tutorial here 

Other Common Chord Combinations
(From Chapters 4 and 5 of our Beginner’s Guitar Course)

Progression #1 – D, G and A

Twist And Shout – The Beatles
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
Dead Flowers – Rolling Stones
Get Back – The Beatles
 Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) – Watch the tutorial here
 Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty – CAPO 3 – Watch the tutorial here
 The Gambler – Kenny Rogers – CAPO 1 – Watch the tutorial here  (Note: song changes key around halfway thru and starts using D#, G# and A# instead of D, G and A)
 Mr. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan – CAPO 3 – Watch the tutorial here  (Note: “The Byrds” version = NO CAPO)

Progression #2 – G, C, D and Am

What’s Up – 4 Non-Blondes – CAPO 2
Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Last Dance With Mary Jane – Tom Petty
Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
 Radioactive – Imagine Dragons – CAPO 2 – Watch the tutorial here
 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan – Watch the tutorial here
 Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Watch the tutorial here
Motorcycle Song – Arlo Guthrie
 Working Class Hero – John Lennon – Watch the tutorial here
State of Grace – Taylor Swift – CAPO 2
Electric Feel – MGMT – CAPO 3

Progression #3 – C, F, G and Am

Blowing In The Wind – Bob Dylan – CAPO 2
 Stay With Me – Sam Smith – Watch the tutorial here
 Have You Ever Seen The Rain – CCR – Watch the tutorial here  (Note: the intro contains more chords)
With Or Without You – U2 – CAPO 2
Otherside – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry (Note: the chords change pretty fast)
Maneater – Hall & Oates – CAPO 2 (Note: chorus is just Am, G, F, G)

More at  https://goodguitarist.com/beginner-guitar-songs-chords/#easychords 

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