Easy Electric Guitar Songs For Beginner Guitarists

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Playing popular songs on your electric guitar is a great feeling, and very possible, even if you are a beginner guitarist. Your guitar skills are in direct relation to the amount of time you practice, and learning songs is a very effective and motivating way of getting better and advancing as a guitar player. Here are a couple of easy electric guitar songs for beginner to practice:

Wipeout - The Surfaris

A really fun and fast paced song from the '60s, this one is a must learn for all beginners. By practicing this song, you'll not only be making great music, but also improving your single string plucking technique, which is a vital element of playing the guitar. To make it really authentic, get together with a friend who plays the drums, or just download the songs drums backing track.

Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynnyrd
 
A very popular song, covered by a barrage of artists ever since its 1974 debut. And the best part is that it's a pretty easy song to play on your electric guitar. By learning this song, you'll be practicing mainly lead guitar techniques, including:

  • hammer-on
  • pull-off
  • chords
  • string bending

Holiday - Green Day
 
Green Day songs are great for beginners, since they are pretty simple. As many songs by the band, Holiday uses lots of power chords, and has several great riffs that sound really good under distortion. You'll be refining the following techniques by learning to play Holiday:

  • power chords
  • single string plucking
  • plectrum switch technique

 
Godfather Theme - Slash
 
The theme song to the Godfather (originally titled Speak Softly Love), as covered by Slash from the Guns N' Roses,is a great song if you want to practice your lead guitar skills even more. Slash uses a large variety of techniques that sound great on the electric guitar. To get an authentic sound, remember to add a bit of delay (echo) effect to your amplifier, as well as some distortion. By practicing this song, you'll be refining your lead guitar and solo techniques, namely:
  • hammer-on
  • pull-off
  • vibratos
  • string bending
  • slides

Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynnyrd
 
Free Bird is another easy electric guitar song. The great thing about it is that it not only uses lead guitar techniques, but chords, and arpeggios as well. As you know, an arpeggios is a broken chord, where you play the individual notes of the chord in a given pattern, instead of strumming all strings at once. Learning this song on your electric guitar will be loads of fun, and give you a chance to practice:

  • chords
  • chord arpeggios
  • single string plucking
  • vibratos
  • slides

Learning the electric guitar by learning popular songs is an effective way to advance your guitar skills. Why? Because practicing songs is fun and motivating, contrasting to learning by practicing individual guitar techniques in their purity. Through learning to play songs, you'll be practicing every guitar technique that got the pros famous, so what are you waiting for? Grab your guitar and find a song to practice.

GUITAR TIP: Leave your guitar out in the open on a stand, instead of storing it in a closet or under the bed. This will make you want to pick it up and practice more often.

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You can find video tutorials covering the above songs, and many other electric guitar song lessons at TheGuitarLesson.com, a website providing video guitar lessons to beginner guitarists.

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This article was published on 2010/04/02