Learning to play easy songs with guitar chords is great for beginners who want to level up their guitar skills. It gives you a way to practice chords, chord changes and strumming in a fun way: through making real music by the songs you love.
As you advance to an intermediate level, you can learn songs with more chords (even barre chords) and more complex strumming patterns.
This post will give you a large list of beginner-intermediate songs with chords you can learn. You will need 3 things to go through them:
- Know how to read chord charts - You will be seeing a lot of guitar chord charts on this page, and of course, you need to know how to decipher them.
Here is a great video on how to read guitar chord charts if you need to learn to do so.
- Know how to strum - Strumming is key when it comes to playing songs with chords. Luckily, beginners can use very simple strumming patterns, and as you advance, you can get more creative.
My Beginners Guide to Learning Guitar has a chapter dedicated to strumming, have a look.
- Have a capo - Someone once said: "Life is too short to live without a capo". Using a capo makes playing a lot of songs much easier since you don't need to use as many barre chords. I'm not saying you should avoid barre chords, just know that even performing artists use capos on stage... so why shouldn't you?
If you don't have a capo yet, I recommend the Kyser Quick Change capo. It is cheap, works on both acoustic & electric guitars, and will last forever.
Enough talk though. Grab your guitar and have a look at my list of the best easy songs with guitar chords for beginners and intermediate players.