When I was fifteen years old I borrowed my older brother’s guitar and decided that I wanted to be a guitarist.
One of the most fun things at that age was going into the forest with a bunch of friends and a bag of beer and hot dogs.
We had our favourite spot at a lake, where we used to start a fire. There we drank our beer, wine and whatever we had in our bags, and burned our hotdogs beyond recognition.
And someone always brought a guitar.
We could sit there until dawn – singing our favourite songs, eating our coal chunks and talk.
Soon enough I bought ny own guitar, and started to bring it to these nights. But being a newbie at guitar playing I had to pick the very easiest songs to play. More often than not I had to reply “No, sorry. I don’t know how to play that one”.
Back then, in the 70-ies, there was no internet. So in order to find those simple, easy-to-play songs I had to use the local library. I borrowed book after book with songs from famous and not-so-famous artists.
I wrote the lyrics down, added the chords above the text lines, and stored the pages in a binder. Soon enough I had like fifty to sixty different songs to choose from, sitting out there in The Wild.
To get you started, I’m happy to share with you, the top 5 songs of all time.
1) One of the easiest song to play on guitar is actually one of the very best throughout the years; Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heavens Door”.
It’s very easy to play. There are basically four different chords, G, D, Am and C. All chords easy to learn, and good lyrics. A perfect choice for the camp fire!
2) Another hit to play is kind of a hard song to play – if you want to. But you can also keep these song very easy to play on your guitar, if you just want to “sing the song”. I’m talking about the monster hit “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The chords are D, C and G. (And *one* F – once. It’s where the say “Boo hoo”:o) )
3) “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”. We can’t keep Green Day out of this list, now can we? With Em, G, D, A and C this song is pretty easy to play.
4) Also very easy to play on you guitar is Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. It is also a very popular one.Try it!
5) I almost wrote “Hotel California” here. Although it’s not so hard to play, Everyone knows this song anyway. So my fifth easy song to play on guitar must be “Father And Son”, a fantastic song written by Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.
All these songs are available to print out from the internet. Do that and you’re ready to rock.
If you learn only a few basic guitar chords, like C, Am, D, A, G, E, Em and F you will have zillions of songs to choose from.
But why stop there? If you really want to be a praised guitarist and keep your audience spellbound, there’s an easy way to get there.