If you want to learn to play the guitar, learning easy guitar songs is one of the best methods of advancing your guitar skills. The logic behind this fact is pretty simple and straight forward, yet many guitar teachers neglect it for some reasong. The dream of all beginner guitarists is to play songs. This is evident, it's why they start learning the instrument in the first place.

Rock on!

Rock on!

However, playing the songs you want will require that you be familiar with given guitar techniques, and have mastered them already. This is the harder part of the equation, but it's a fact. You can't rock out until you know how to. Of course, learning the techniques required to play the songs you like will mean you have to practice them beforehand. Unfortunately, you can't just pick up a guitar and be able to play it without months of practice.

This is the point where many beginners actually quit playing altogether. They get bored of all of the technique exercises, the chord shapes, etc. And this is the point where learning by playing easy guitar songs come into focus.

All beginner guitar lessons should concentrate on 2 things:

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I decided to include several Green Day guitar lessons on our site because of 2 reasons. Firstly, their music is easy to learn by beginners who like the genre, and secondly, they were one of my favorite punk bands from my younger years. I actually met them at a festival in Europe, and got to hang out with them (and their BIG Philippine bodyguard, Tiny).

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Green Day was formed in 1987, and interestingly enough, only released 8 studio albums. The most popular of their albums (based on chart rankings) is 21st Century Breakdown, which is available on vinyl as well, for all hard core punk fans. They've won tons of awards, with most of their albums having gone multiple platinum, so I think it's safe to say that while you learn to play Green Day guitar songs, you're not only advancing your technique, but making great music at the same time.

If you want to learn songs from the band, check out some of our Green Day guitar lesson videos:

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The reason why 95% of people start learning the guitar, is because they want to be able to play songs. This is totally natural, since the point of playing an instrument is to make music. Only few people have set goals with the guitar, such as professional musicians or composers, but for most beginner guitarists, being able to play famous guitar songs will suffice.

Practice more songs!

Practice more songs!

Hence the big question, how long will it take before beginners can actually play the songs they like? The answer depends on several things, but mostly, how much practice time you can put into learning the guitar. The more you practice, the better you'll get, and the more you'll actually want to practice, since you'll have loads of fun playing new songs.

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If you like listening to hard rock and especially Metallica, you'll love our Metallica guitar lessons. Metallica has been in the spotlight of the music industry since its formation in 1981 (when Lars Ulrich placed an ad in a newspaper looking for other metal musicians to jam with), and has released loads of albums, music videos and singles, many of which reached the top of the charts.

Be like Kirk!

Be like Kirk!

Kirk Hammett is the lead guitarist of Metallica, and is included in the Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Guitarists list. I know many guitarists who started out by learning Metallica riffs and solos, which is the reason I decided to include a couple of Metallica guitar lessons in our list of easy guitar songs. I'm not saying you'll be playing at the level of Kirk Hammett after the lessons just yet, but you will be able to play a couple of the best songs released by the band. So, lets have a look at the Metallica song you'll be learning with our step-by-step video lessons.

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Eric Clapton is one of the best guitar players (#2 on Rolling Stones Magazine's list of the best guitarists), and an icon to many. He has had a very eventful life, you can read all about it in his bio.

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Clapton has been an active musician since 1962, so he's got several decades of song writing behind him, shaping contemporary music as we know it. During this time, he's stacked up hundreds of songs, dozens of which have become classic hits. All guitarists should have a few Eric Clapton songs in their repertoire, it is an absolute must.

List of Eric Clapton tutorials at TheGuitarLesson.com

TheGuitarLesson.com has several guitar lessons teaching covers of Eric Clapton songs. Here they are in no particular order.

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The other day I had a question from one of my online beginner students. The question was the following:

.....I love learning songs, but I noticed that a lot of other sites have you practicing just techniques, and play songs much later. How come your lessons are mainly songs and not just techniques?

Good question, so I think the answer deserves to be read by all.

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Learning chord progressions will be one of the first things beginner guitarists will want to do, since once you learn some chords and strumming, you'll be able to make real music, good sounding music by playing chord progressions. Once you learn the underlying theory behind chords and scales, you'll be able to make up literally thousands of chord progressions on your own, so it really is a worthwhile investment of your time.

The Chord Wheel

The Chord Wheel

Strictly speaking, chord progressions are a series of musical chords that aim to establish a tonality founded on a key (chord progressions can be played in any key). All scales contain 7 musical notes, and finding the right chord progression in a given key is just a matter of calculating the chords on a given scale. You can also add additional notes to the chords while playing chord progressions, allowing for a virtually unlimited number of possible progressions.

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