Beginner Guitar Songs:
Simple 2 and 3-chord Tunes

To help you memorize chords better, and practice chord switching, we’ve compiled this list of 2 and 3 chord beginner guitar songs. It’s organized by which chords are used, so you can learn just 2 or 3 chords and get started with your favourite tunes right away.

I’ll be updating this list constantly as I come across (and remember) more and more easy songs. If you know any easy songs to play on guitar that aren’t here, I would really appreciate it if you could send a quick email to community@goodguitarist.com (Please and thank you!)

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Hey everyone! In today’s lesson, I’m going to be showing you all how to play “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer. This one is a little beyond “beginner” as it uses many chord shapes and the strumming pattern changes throughout the tune.

If you find that you need some help with it, you’ll want to check out my Beginner Guitar Course! More information here: https://goodguitarist.com/beginner-guitar-course/

And there’s my FREE eBOOK (which is free for all subscribers!) – You can use it to help you build a solid foundation: chords, switching, progressions, riffs, techniques… everything it takes to be a “good guitarist.” You can find it here: http://goodguitarist.com/learn-rhythm-guitar/ (You’ll also find my Lead eBook there, too!)

If you need help with the B minor barre chord, check out my course “Barre Chords Made Easy” – free trial here: https://goodguitarist.com/barre-chords

The lesson begins with the chord shapes for the verse. There are several “D” chords (D, D major 7, D7) and G. We go over the best fingerings and fastest ways to switch, then practice them all, using downstrokes only.

Next, we learn a strumming pattern for this part and practice it by itself, then with the chord shapes. The strumming pattern is double-length so it might be a bit more difficult if you’re struggling with rhythm, so we take the time to break it down and simplify it.

The next part of the song requires some new chord shapes (Em, A, Bm barre chord, A/C#) and the strumming changes throughout. THIS is where the song starts to get tricky. We go through it bit-by-bit and everything is clearly laid out on screen (diagrams, etc). I want to make this as easy as possible for you!

Once we’ve gotten all the components together, we play the song once through, WITHOUT a capo. This is important, because if you want to play along with the original recording, you’ll need to place a capo at the 1st fret. This way, even if you don’t have one, you’ll be able to get the experience of playing along with someone.

All-in-all, this one is a bit trickier than your usual strummer, but certainly worth the extra effort 🙂


The Easiest Chord Progressions On Guitar
(From Chapter 2 of our Beginner’s Guitar Course)

Please note that you may not be able to play with every single part of every song. To make it easier for you and prevent discouragement, I’ve indicated where this will occur. For instance, “I’ve Got A Feeling” has a riff at the end of each verse that goes very quickly and requires a few techniques that you may not have covered.

I have 2 things to say about this:

  1. Play along to the easy parts. I’ve chosen these songs because the majority of each tune is very easy to play along with.
  2. Practicing with a song is invaluable, and far more enjoyable than doing exercises all the time, so have fun and don’t worry about the parts you’re NOT getting… focus on the parts that you CAN play!

Progression #1 – E and Asus2

e chord guitar asus2 chord - a very easy chord for beginners

  • Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen – CAPO 7
  • I’ve Got A Feeling – The Beatles – CAPO 5 (Note: Contains a riff at the end of each verse)
  • I Have A Dream – ABBA – CAPO 1 (Note: The chorus contains a D chord)
  • Born Free – Kid Rock (Note: later in the song we come across F#m and D)
  • Achey Breakey Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Boys Around Here – Blake Shelton (CAPO 5)

Progression #2 – C and Fmaj7

c chord guitar f major 7 easy f chord fmaj7

  • Imagine – John Lennon (Note: C and Fmaj7 during the verse only. Also, the recording is slightly out of tune)
  • Feeling Alright – Traffic
  • Walk On The Wild Side – Lou Reed (Note: One part which has Dm, which we’ll learn later)
  • I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers

Progression #3 – G and Cadd9

g chord guitar cadd9 chord, used in many pop songs like closer, this town, time of your life, good riddance, wonderwall

  • Love Me Do – The Beatles (Note: There’s a D chord in the “bridge”)
  • Anyone Else But You – The Mouldy Peaches
  • Paperback Writer – The Beatles
  • Everyday People – Sly And The Family Stone
  • Give Peace A Chance – John Lennon
  • Jambalaya – Hank Williams

Progression #4 – G and Dsus4

g chord guitar dsus4 is a simple chord that goes well with g, cadd9, em7 and others that use 2 fingers on the top 2 strings

Progression #5 – G, Cadd9 and Dsus4

g chord guitar cadd9 chord, used in many pop songs like closer, this town, time of your life, good riddance, wonderwalldsus4 is a simple chord that goes well with g, cadd9, em7 and others that use 2 fingers on the top 2 strings

Progression #6 – G, Cadd9, Dsus4 and Em7

g chord guitar cadd9 chord, used in many pop songs like closer, this town, time of your life, good riddance, wonderwalldsus4 is a simple chord that goes well with g, cadd9, em7 and others that use 2 fingers on the top 2 strings this 90s style version of em is found in oasis and green day songs among others

The Most Common 3-Chord Progressions On Guitar
(From Chapter 4 of our Beginner’s Guitar Course)

In the beginner’s guitar course, I refer to these 3-chord progressions as “chord families.” I use this terminology simply to indicate that these are chords which work well together and are related through very strong musical forces that we’ll be learning about in the future.

Family #1 – A, D and E

a chord guitar d chord guitare chord guitar

  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond – CAPO 2
  • Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson (Note: it’s just D to E the WHOLE time)
  • Second Hand News – Fleetwood Mac
  • Three Little Birds – Bob Marley – Watch the tutorial here
  • Lazy Song – Bruno Mars (Note: Has a couple extra chords here and there)
  • Doesn’t Remind Me – Audioslave (Note: The bridge contains more chords)
  • Lightning Crashes – Live – CAPO 2 (Note: The bridge contains more chords)
  • I Have A Dream – ABBA – CAPO 1
  • Boys Around Here – Blake Shelton (Note: Only uses A and D)
  • Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
  • Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley
  • Praise You – Fatboy Slim – CAPO 3 – Watch the tutorial here (Note: the bridge contains a B7 chord)
  • Rescue Me – Fontella Bass (Note: there’s a riff in there, just play D over it)
  • Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran (Note: it goes pretty fast from E to A, then from D to E)
  • Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones (Note: there’s a B7 in the chorus)

Family #2 – G, C and D

g chord guitarc chord guitar d chord guitar

Family #3 – Em, Am and B7

e minor chord guitar em a minor chord guitar am b7 chord guitar

  • Shakin’ All Over – Johnny Kidd & The Pirates (Note: It’s just Em and Am)
  • I Put A Spell On You – Jay Hawkins – CAPO 1
  • Riders On The Storm – The Doors (Note: contains C and D)

Family #3 (converted to MAJOR) – E, A and B7

e chord guitara chord guitar  b7 chord guitar

Family #4 – C, F and G

c chord guitarg chord guitar   or   

Family #5 – Am, Dm and E

a minor chord guitar am d minor chord guitar dm e chord guitar

  • Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac – CAPO 5
  • Moondance – Van Morrison
  • Natural Mystic – Bob Marley (Note: there’s a G in there every once in a while)
  • God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash

The Absolute Most Common Chord Progression On Guitar
(From Chapter 5 of our Beginner’s Guitar Course)

This is THE most common chord progression on guitar. With it, you can play hundreds of songs. If you play it with a capo (which allows you to easily change keys) you can play thousands of songs.

The chords:

g chord guitarc chord guitard chord guitare minor chord guitar em

Other Common Chord Combinations
(From Chapters 4 and 5 of our Beginner’s Guitar Course)

Progression #1 – D, G and A

d chord guitarg chord guitara chord guitar

Progression #2 – G, C, D and Am

g chord guitarc chord guitard chord guitara minor chord guitar am

Progression #3 – C, F, G and Am

c chord guitarg chord guitara minor chord guitar am

2018-04-28T14:56:27-08:00 July 15th, 2016|Categories: Article, Resource, Strum Along|