All right, so you know how to read tabs (if not, learn to read tabs now), and you're ready to make some music. Fortunately there are thousands of easy guitar tabs for beginner guitarists, ready for your plucking.

The one's you'll end up loving to play will depend on what genre of music you're most in to. Please keep in mind that at a beginner stage, you can't really go wrong with any song tablature you end up learning, since everything you do is still aimed at getting better at the guitar.

With enough practice (and I mean like 30 minutes per day, so not much), you'll be able to play pretty much anything.

But for now, have a look at 10 of the easiest and popular beginner tablature my students love.


Wipeout - The Surfaris

A great beginner piece for practicing lead guitar.

No special guitar skills needed here, but the awesome surf vibe will have you heading for the waves 😉

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This week's beginner guitar lesson is on a really great, yet not very famous song by Kansas, Dust in the Wind. Why this song isn't on the top of the Rolling Stones top 100 lists eludes me, since I really think that Dust in the Wind is a true masterpiece both musically and lyrics wise.

Our Dust in the Wind guitar lesson will teach you everything you'll need to be able to play, and maybe even sing along to the song. Now this is primarily an acoustic fingerpicking song, but if you have an electric guitar, you'll be able to play it as well, just make sure you turn off your distortion.

Dust in the Wind Guitar Lesson - Kansas

Dust in the Wind Guitar Lesson - Kansas

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I am just looking through the site statistics for the last 3 days, and I thought some of you might be interested in what others are learning as well. Here is the top 10 list of our most played lessons on easy guitar songs:


Top 10 + 1 Guitar Lessons

  1. Nothing Else Matters guitar lesson (no contest, won by a milestone)
  2. Sweet Child O' Mine guitar lesson (probably because of the intro riff)
  3. No Woman No Cry guitar lesson (one of my favorite)
  4. More Than Words guitar lesson (actually, this had exactly the same number of downloads as No Woman No Cry in the last 3 days)
  5. Classico guitar lesson (surprised me, I didn't think many people were familiar with Tenacious D)
  6. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) guitar lesson (a good beginner song)
  7. Hotel California guitar lesson (very popular amongst our older demographic)
  8. Stand by Me guitar lesson (I'm thrilled that you're learning bar chords with this lesson!!!)
  9. Godfather Theme guitar lesson (cool and easy)
  10. Back in Black guitar lesson (our intro-theme song!)

And coming in at No. 11 is the guitar lesson on Hey There Delilah, which I added since this is one of my favorite acoustic sing-along songs. Remember, the only statistics you should trust and believe are the ones that you forged yourself 😉

So seriously, these are great songs, probably the most famous ones if I think about it, so I guess its natural that these would be the most popular. HOWEVER, don't forget that the other lessons contain many important techniques that you need to practice, so start learning the other songs as well! The more songs you can play, the wider your sphere of guitar knowledge.

If you are into acoustic fingerstyle, you're in for a real treat this week, since you'll get a chance to learn to play Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley.

Now this is probably one of the most famous songs in the world. It was originally released in 1961, and is actually based on a song written in 1780. That's just some info for you to know, but you can read more about it on Wikipedia.

As I mentioned, this is an acoustic fingerpicking song, meaning you will not need a plectrum for this one. If you have an electric guitar, make sure you turn off your distortion as well 😉

Can't Help Falling in Love Guitar Lesson - Elvis Presley

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Learning to play It's My Life on guitar is easy, more than suitable for beginner guitarists. So what's the point (other than learning a great song)?

The point of learning easy guitar songs such as this Bon Jovi classic isn't mainly to develop any given technique, but to develop your rhythm and sense of timing. There are several parts to the song, all of the include longer rests and other elements that make correct timing crucial in getting everything sounding right.

And this is a very important attribute of good guitarists, that's why you have to practice it whenever you get a chance to.


It's My Life Guitar Lesson - Bon Jovi

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If you like playing Nirvana songs, you're in for a treat 🙂 Our new beginner guitar lesson for this week is a Nirvana acoustic song, Polly from the Nervermind album.

The song is fairly simple, but it will give your hands a huge workout, as you'll be strumming power chords all throughout the song. It is more of a rhythm guitar lesson actually, which means you'll not only be learning technical elements, but improving your sense of rhythm as well.

Polly Guitar Lesson - Nirvana

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Learning easy to play beginner guitar songs as soon as possible is one of the best things you can do to help you learn the guitar and advance your guitar skills. Why? Because when you start learning the guitar, you'll need to get your hands used to the specialties of playing. Your fingers need to get used to the strings, forming chords, and so on.

Start playing songs!

Start playing songs!

To get your hands used to the guitar, you'll need to practice a lot, but if you just do practice drills all the time, you'll quickly get bored of the guitar. I've seen this with lot of people, but it's logical actually. Most people pick up the guitar because they want to make real music, not just do drills up and down a scale for example.

This is where songs come in, and the earlier, the better.

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This week's new guitar lesson is on one of the most requested songs you've been asking for, Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles. I'm sure you know it, and rest assured that all your friends and family is familiar with this classic Beatles hit as well, which makes it a great song to learn and play to them!

Here Comes the Sun is an acoustic fingerpicking song, so you won't be need a guitar pick during this lesson, just your bare fingers 😉

Here Comes the Sun Guitar Lesson - The Beatles

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One of the best things about learning the guitar is the fact that there are loads of 3 chord guitar songs beginners can start playing almost immediately. By almost, I'm referring to the fact that you will have to be able to form basic chord shapes, and change in between them, but once you can, you'll be rocking with AC/DC, and twisting and shouting with the Beatles!

3 Chords Are A'Plenty

3 Chords Are A'Plenty

But first things first, learn those beginner guitar chords. They'll take you a long way, and are really the foundation to thousands, if not tens of thousands of really popular guitar songs. Also, being able to change in between these chords is very important, as once you start playing songs, you'll need to be able to move from one chord to the next, without much hesitation.

So without further ado, here is a list of really cool, yet really simple 3 chords songs to play on guitar:

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This week's new guitar lesson is on a superb Foo Fighters song called Times Like These (acoustic version).

Make sure you check out our video guitar lesson on Times Like These, since it is one of those rare songs that you can play along with the original track very, very quickly. Because of this, learning this song is an absolute must for beginners, but more advanced guitarists will have loads of fun with it as well, since it is just a perfect song, Dave Grohl is a really great musician and song writer.

Times Like These Guitar Lesson

Times Like These Guitar Lesson

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