Authored by Phil Dotree in Music
Published on 11-12-2009
Playing the electric guitar is a blast. Sometimes, however, it can be tough to find songs to practice that are right for your skill level. This can be an especially big problem for beginning guitarists. When you’re just starting out, you’ll want to find songs that are challenging, yet possible to play. It’s also important that they’re fairly recognizable.
Here’s a look at a few great electric guitar songs for beginning guitarists.
1. Seven Nation Army – White Stripes – This modern song is very simple. It’s seven notes, then seven chords. It’s fun to play, and family members will recognize it. It also builds your sense of rhythm, though, and beginning guitarists usually struggle in this area. This is one song that you should be able to practice along with the recording. You won’t get a whole lot of complaints, and you should be able to master it very easily. Be sure to practice with a metronome if you don’t use the recording. Remember, rhythm is very key to making this song sound good.
2. Mother – Pink Floyd – Floyd actually has a lot of songs that are very good for beginners to take a look at. Mother teaches some open chords, and it’s a good introduction to I-IV-V patterns. You can probably learn to play Mother in an afternoon. If you want to sing while playing the guitar, it’s a very good song to practice with. Try to follow the rhythm of the original Pink Floyd version. This will build your ability to switch between open chords effortlessly.
3. AC/DC – Back in Black – The solo of this song is tough, and shouldn’t be attempted by beginners. However, the main riff of the song is a blast to play, and it’s great for beginning guitarists. Plug in a suitable distortion effect for the best simulation of AC/DC’s tone. Back in Black is a great way to learn the basics of pull-off and hammer-on notes. It has one of the most recognizable rock riffs of all time. Work on making each section sound seamless and smooth.
4. Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water – The easiest version of this song is simply the main chords. You don’t have to worry about the solos until you’ve got some more experience as a guitarist. However, by practicing the main chords of the song, you’ll get a good foundation of barre chords and build up the strength in your left hand. There’s a reason that this is one of the most recognizable songs of all time. It rocks, and it’s a great way to learn the basics. Be sure to take plenty of breaks when learning Smoke on the Water. Your hands will thank you for it. If you haven’t built up calluses, be prepared. It’ll get a little painful for a while, but then your hand will feel much better when playing the guitar.
Whether you’re learning electric guitar or if you’re a pro, help contribute to this list. Everyone who’s picked up an axe knows a few great beginner tunes. Post any other great electronic guitar songs for beginners in the comments section below.