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Beginner Guitar SongsNice and Easy

Here are a couple beginner guitar songs. It doesn’t get much easier than this. This first songs chords can be played with two fingers.

Playing Chords

One thing I want to point out when playing chords, your thumb should be in the center of the back of the guitar neck on most chords.

You might have to keep reminding yourself to be aware of this, I always had to and still do when a chord doesn’t sound good.

If you let your thumb come up to the top of the neck your fingers will lay down and mute strings you want ringing out.

There are some chords where this doesn’t apply, some chords call for you playing a bass note with your thumb. This is mostly in a fingerpicking style.

For right now though depending on the chord shape try to keep your thumb in the middle of the neck.

Song Chords

Here are the chords for the first two songs

With the Em6 chord you might want to mute the 6th string on this song.

Eleanor Rigby

This is a Beatles song the words and music written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Here is a link for the Revolver CD in case you want to add it to your collection. This is where the song is. You can’t download individual Beatle songs for some reason.

The Beatles Revolver CD
The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby Tab

These songs have uncomplicated chords other song chord names may sound complicated if you’re new to guitar but, they can be easy to play. They just have complicated names that may confuse you. Check out our reading chords.

When playing guitar songs in the beginning don’t worry about playing in time until you can switch chords without any mistakes. This should apply even after you can play some.

When playing a song you have to think ahead a little bit so you are ready to change, the music won’t wait for you.

Intro
C Em
Ah look at all the lone-ly peo-ple C Em
Ah look at all the lone-ly peo-ple Verse 1
Em E-lea-nor Rig-by picks up the rice in the church C where the wed-ding has been lives in a dream Em
Waits in the win-dow wear-ing the face that she keeps C Em
in a jar by the door Who is it for? Chorus 1
Em7 Em6 C Em
All the lone-ly peo-ple where do they all come from? Em7 Em6 C Em
All the lone-ly peo-ple where do they all come from? Verse 2
Same chords as verse 1 Chorus 2
Same as Chorus 1 Verse 3
Same chords as Verse 1 Chorus and End
Same as chorus 1
End like you want to. Be creative.

Just the Basic Chords

This is one of the easier beginner guitar songs because you aren’t trying to make it sound like the recording.

This is the basics of the song. All songs can be reduced to the bare elements for learning.

As you get better at chord changing and other aspects of playing you can make songs a little fancier by adding in between chords or notes like a 7th that lead into a chord change.

It’s the orchestra that gives this song its complex sound

You will play this differently than the recording. The string section in the song is choppy, you want to play it smoothly and slower than the recording, like a laid back love song.

Jambalaya(On the Bayou)

Here’s a song written by Hank Williams. He wrote a lot of good country songs in his day.

This song is also know as On the Bayou. Jambalaya is a Louisiana Stew made with meat, vegetables and seafood. It also has the Cajun spices of course.

This is a classic country song that all guitar players should know. A good song for everyone to improvise on.

This song sounds to me like it was written to have a fiddle and a banjo in it.

Here’s a link for an mp3 download of this song in case you want to add it to your collection or listen to it.

This tab version isn’t Hank Williams version but the music is the same for learning the song.

Hank Williams Jambalaya mp3
Hank Williams – Jambalaya (On the Bayou) Tab

Many country songs are good beginner guitar songs because the chords are usually basic major and minor ones.

A pi-rouge in the song below is a small boat that was pushed about with a pole much like you would a raft.

More Beginner Guitar songs

NC = No Chord
Verse 1
NC C G7
Good bye Joe me got to go me oh my oh C
Me got to go pole the pi-rouge down the bay-ou G7
My Y-vonne the sweet-est one me oh my oh C
Son of a Gun we'll have big fun on the Bay-ou Chorus 1
C G7
Jam-ba-la-ya and a craw-fish pie and fil-let gum-bo C
Cause to-night I'm gon-na see my cher a mi o G7
Pick gui-tar fill fruit jar and be gay-o C
Son of a gun we'll have big fun on the Bay-ou Verse 2 G7
Thi-bo daux Fon tain eaux the place is buzz-in C
Kin folk come to-see Y vonne by the doz-en G7
Dress in style and go hog wild me oh my oh C
Son of a gun we'll have big fun on the Bay-ou Chorus 2
Same as Chorus 1 End when you want 

The French pronounce words with eaux in them as an oh like bow or although. This song is about Louisiana where a lot of French people settled when they moved to America.

Where I have the Chord symbols is close but they may not be exactly where you change chords. Listen to the song and go by your ear.

All the other verses and choruses use the same chords in case I missed one.

This is one of the better beginner guitar songs for improvising on fiddle, banjo, guitar and other Creole instruments like a concertina which is a small accordian.

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3 Chord Songs

There are tons of 3 chord songs to learn, many are pop tunes, country and blues songs too. Simple songs seem to be more popular than fully orchestrated tunes.

“You Can’t always Get What You Want” is a classic Sones song. This is a very easy song although you may have to work on the F barre chord if your new to guitar.

The 1st position is tough for barre chords because the string don’t have a lot of give this close to the nut

Another one of the Rolling Stones songs I always liked that has a country flavor to it is Dead Flowers. This song is on the “Sticky Fingers” album and also the “Stripped” album, this version is a live one.

3 Chord Songs have probably produced more hits than any other combo even the 4 chord Doo Wop era progressions.

This song was big in it’s day Sweet Home Alabama

You Can’t Always Get What You Want
3 Chord Songs

This is one of the Stones three chord songs that has stood the test of time.

Here are the Basic Chords

 Boys Choir Beginning C to F 4x French Horn Intro Verse 1 C F I saw her to-day at the re-cep-tion C F a glass of wine in her hand C F I knew she was gon-na meet her con-nec-tion, C F at her feet was a foot-loose man Chorus 1 C F You can't al-ways get what you want C F You can't al-ways get what you want C F You can't al-ways get what you want D F but if you try some-times you might find C F you get what you need C F Chords Only Verse 2 C F I went down to the de-mon-stra-tion C F to get my fair share of a-buse C F Singing we're gon-na vent our frus-tra-tion C F if we don't we're gon-na blow a 50 amp fuse" Chorus 2 C F You can't al-ways get what you want C F You can't al-ways get what you want C F You can't al-ways get what you want D F but if you try some-times you might find C F you get what you need C F Ah Baby Verse 3 C F I went down to the Chel-sea Drug Store C F to get your pre-scrip-tion fil-led C F I was stand-ing in line with Mr Jim-my C F and man did he look pret-ty ill C F We de-cid-ed we would have a so-da C F my fav-rit fla-vor cher-ry red C F I sung my song to Mr Jim-my C F and he said one word to me and that was dead F I said to him Chorus 3 C F You can't al-ways get what you want C F You can't al-ways get what you want C F You can't al-ways get what you want D F but if you try some-times you might find C F you get what you need Short Break with guitar and choir and Mick singing Ah Yeah Verse 4 C F I saw her to-day at the re-cep-tion C F in her glass was a bleed-ing man C F She was prac-ticed at the art of de-cep-tion C F I could tell by her blood-stain'd hands Repeat about 3 times Chorus 4-5-6

C                              F
You can't al-ways get what you want No
C                              F
You can't al-ways get what you want 
C                              F
You can't al-ways get what you want 
           D                        F 
but if you try some-times you might find 
                 C      F
you get what you need
C                 F

Repeat and end however you like

Here are links for the mp3 and sheet music

Dead Flowers
3 Chord Songs

This song is the version from the Sticky Fingers album

Dead Flowers Chords
More Three Chord Songs

There are 4 chords but the 1st one lasts 1 beat and it’s one note different than the D chord. It’s the chord in the very beginning.

 Dead Flowers Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Intro Play One Time Dsus2 D A G D / //// //// //// //// Verse 1 D A G D Well when you're sit-ting there in your silk up-hol-stered chair D A G D Talk-ing to some rich folk that you know D A G D Well I hope you won't see me in my rag-ged com-pa-ny D A G D Cause you know I could nev-er be a-lone Chorus 1 D A D Take me down lit-tle Sus-ie, take me down A D I know you think you're the queen of the un-der ground D G And you can G D Send me dead flow-ers ev-ry morn-ing G D Send me dead flow-ers by the mail G D Send me dead flow-ers to my wed-ding D        A G D And I won't for-get to put ros-es on your grave Verse 2 D A G D Well when you're sit-ting back in your rose pink ca-dil-lac D A G        D Mak-ing bets on Ken-tuc-ky Der-by Day D A G D Ah, I'll be in my base-ment room with a need-le and a spoon D A G D And an-oth-er girl to take my pain a-way Chorus 2 D A D Take me down lit-tle Sus-ie, take me down A D I know you think you're the queen of the un-der      ground D And you can G D Send me dead flow-ers ev-ry morn-ing G D Send me dead flow-ers by the mail G D Send me dead flow-ers to my wed-ding D  A G D And I won't for-get to put ros-es on your grave Guitar Lead - Play one verse section Final Chorus A D Take me down lit-tle Sus-ie, take me down A D I know you think you're the queen of the un-der      ground D And you can G D send me dead flow-ers ev-ry morn-ing G D Send me dead flow-ers by the U S mail G D Say it with dead flow-ers at my wed-ding D  A G D And I won't for-get to put ros-es on your grave Drag Out Last Line

D     A                    G              D
No, I won't for-get to put ros-es on your grave 

Sticky Fingers mp3

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Sweet Home Alabama
3 Chord Songs

Here are the Chords for this song

There is a 4th chord that gets played once. It’s the F chord, the same as “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd Intro D C G Play 4x Verse 1 D  C G Big wheels keep on turn-ing D C G Car-ry me home to see my kin. D   C G Sing-ing songs a-bout the south-land D C G I miss ole bam-y once a-gain and I think it's a sin D C G play 2x Verse 2 D C G Well I heard Mis-ter Young sing about her D C G Well I heard ole Neil put her down D C G Well I hope Neil Young will re-mem-ber D C G A south-ern man don't need him a-round an-y-how Chorus 1 D C G Sweet Home Al-bam-a D C G Where the skies are so blue D C G Sweet Home Alabama D C G Lord I'm com-ing home to you D C G play 2x Verse 3 D C G F C D In Birm-ing-ham they love the Gov-nor Boo hoo hoo D C G Now we all did what we could do D C G Now Wat-er-gate does not both-er me D C G Does your con-science bother you tell the truth Chorus 2 D C G Sweet Home Al-bam-a D C G Where the skies are so blue D C G Sweet Home Alabama D C G Lord I'm com-ing home to you Verse and chorus vocal break Verse 4 D C G Now Mus-cle Shoals has got the Swamp-ers D C G And they've been known to pick a tune or two D C G Lord they get me off so much D C G They pick me up when I'm feel-ing blue Now how about you Chorus 3Repeat 3 times

D     C    G
Sweet Home Al-bam-a
D         C            G
Where the skies are so blue
D     C    G
Sweet Home Alabama
D        C               G
Lord I'm com-ing home to you

End when you want

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Phrygian Dominant Mode for…Improvising – Dominant Chords

The Phrygian dominant mode comes from the 5th note of the harmonic minor scale. It contains a flatted 7th and 9th and a sharp 5. The flatted 7th make it good for dominant chords.

This mode can be used for 7th, 9th, 11th or 13th chords. It can also be used over dominant chords having a sharp 5 or flat 9 chords.

This mode is good for a progression where the dominant 7th chord gets augmented because it has a 5th and a raised 5th in it.

This move from a regular dominant chord to a raised 5th dominant in music is quite common and this scale can be used for both.

Dominant Chord Sources

Dominant chords are built from the 5th note of any major scale.

They can come from the 5th note of the Harmonic minor scale too.

Another source is the Melodic minor scale where they can be built from the 4th and 5th notes.

Here are some E7 chords.

Here are some E augmented Dominant 7th chords

Here is an E Phrygian Dominant mode played over an E7 chord.

The E Phrygian dominant played against an E 7th chord

I tried to emphasize the sharp 5(C) and flat 9(F) in this scale because this is what gives it this unique sound.

This mode is worth knowing especially if you are going to play any Blues or Jazz-Blues music.

I used an unaltered chord because this will be most common but it will work on any dominant chord with a raised 5th or flatted 9th.

The Phrygian Dominant Mode Formula

This mode can be made by raising the 3rd of the Phrygian mode.

Here is the formula from the major scale.

1-♭2-3-4-5-♭6-♭7

Another way to think of this mode is a Mixolydian mode with a flat 2(9) and a flat 6(13).

Still yet another way of thinking is the Harmonic minor scale is a 4th above the root of the chord.

In other words if you are playing over an E7 use the A harmonic scale but use the E note as its home note or root.

I’m giving you different ways of thinking about these because it might be easier to remember using one of the other ways of thinking about them or make up your own system for remembering.

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Minor Blues Chord Progression

“The Love You Take is Equal to the Love You Make”
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Beatles

The minor blues chord progression is like the 12 bar blues progression but usually deviate from the basic progression.

If you played it without any variations it would get boring very fast.

The minor blues is usually used in a slow layed back song.

Here is the basic chord progression to use as an outline. This will be in A minor

Here are the chord diagrams.


Minor Blues Progressions – 1

Here is a slight one chord change in the progression.

This one is closer to the dominant 12 bar progression. We have some more variations.

Minor Blues Progressions – 2

This one changes one chord in the last one we did.

Minor Blues Progressions
Dominant 7th Variation

This one brings in one more chord buts it’s a dominant 7th.

The Dominant 7th will replace the E minor chord and add some color to this basic minor progression.

Here are the chords again so you don’t have to go up and down


Minor Blues Progressions
Major 7th Variation

This is the progression for The Thrill is Gone.

Here are a couple links for this song.

The Thrill is Gone – mp3

The Thrill is Gone Sheet Music

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Use the 2nd E7 form from above on this after the F major 7th.

The next ones go into the use of dominant chords to replace the simple minor triads.

Replacing the IV Minor Chord

In this progression you replace the IV chord Dm with a dominant 7th of the same root D7.

You also use altered dominant chords for the V chords Em or E7

Here are some chord Diagrams


These are not the only altered chords you can use. There are a lot of altered dominant chords to pick from.

Check out my other page on altered chords.

Altered Chords

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The Harmonic Minor Scale…An Improvising Tool

The harmonic minor scale will add a new dimension to to your leads and riffs. This scale has a very unique sound to it making it easy to recognize.

There are several ways to use this scale. The first is that it can be used for all the chords in the scale itself. Down below.

All examples use only the scale notes, no passing tones or bends so you can hear the actual scale.

After you learn it you can do anything you want to it. Use slides, bends, pre-bends, distortion, echo or anything else.

Al Demeola uses this scale in a lot of his songs. The minor 3rd interval is what gives it a unique sound.

Harmonic Minor Chord Types


All of the above chords can be reduced to triads. The only fifference between this scale and the natural minor is a G♯ which gives us these not so common chords.

Most of the time these uncommon chords are used as passing chords lasting one or two beats of a measure.

Here is what it sounds like played against an Am Chord

The A minor harmonic played against an A minor chord

This scale is easy to recognize in songs

Another Improvising Method

The next way is to start on the 4th note of dominant chords with a sharp 5th or a flatted 9th

I am playing the A minor harmonic scale over an E7♯5 chord using only scale notes.

The A minor harmonic played over an E 7th sharp 5 chord

Playing the A note against the E gives a suspended sound which you can resolve to G♯ or go anywhere else you want as long as it sounds good to you.

A Minor Harmonic Scale

Harmonic Minor Scale List

The keys are the harmonic minor scale and not the relative major. To find the relative major go up a minor third or 3 frets.

The E♭ and D♯ are the same scale just spelled different. This is where I switched to the sharp minor keys

Harmonic Minor Scale Formula

This one is 1-2-♭3-4-5-♭6-♭7

Fairly easy to remember from the major scale. Three and six are flat.

Another way is to raise the 7th of the natural minor scale ½ tone or one fret.

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Diminished Scale – More Improvising Tools

The diminished scale is a good source for improvising over diminished chords and altered dominant chords. You don’t have to be into Jazz to use these scales. Diminshed and altered chords are in every style music.

There are two of these scales but they are actually the same scale you just start one note up or down from the original.

These scales tend to be confusing on the guitar neck. The concept of whole tone-half tone is easy to understand but hard to visualize on the guitar neck because you have to shift positions in the middle of it.

This tends to make you lose your place and think was I on a half or whole tone?

Just do them slowly until get the sound of the scale in your head. Then get it up to speed with your metronome a little at a time.

The Chromatic scale notes are spaced every 1/2 tone or every fret apart. A 12 note scale. This is one part of this symmetrical scale.

Whole Tone – The Whole Tones

The whole tone scale notes are spaced every whole tone or 2 frets apart. A 6 note scale

This is the second part of the diminished scale notes.

The Diminished Scales

The diminished scale combines these two variation by making two scales with spacings of one whole tone then one half tone.

The diminished whole starts with a whole note, the diminished half, yes you got it starts with a half tone

Other than starting on a different note these scales are identical although a little confusing until you get the sound of it implanted into your brain

This is an 8 note scale

Here’s the table from the whole tone page to make it easier to visualize these scales

Chromatic

C

C♯

D

D♯

E

F

F♯

G

G♯

A

A♯

B

C

Whole Tone

C

D

E

F♯

G♯

A♯

C

Whole Tone 2

C♯

D♯

E♯

G

A

B

C♯

Diminished Whole

C

D

E♭

F

F♯

G♯

A

B

C

Diminished Half

C

C♯

D♯

E

F♯

G

A

B♭

C

Please note E♯ is the same as F, D♯ and E♭ are the same pitch, and A♯ and B♭ are the same pitch. They are just written different.

When you are writing in these scales all note writing rules are not used like in the major and minor scales

Diminished Whole Scale – Chords

Diminished Whole

C

D

E♭

F

F♯

G♯

A

B

C

Scale degree

Root

2/9

♭3/+9

4/11

♭5

♯5

13

7

root

These scales can be used on dim7th chords starting at the root.

When using this chord on altered dominant chords you start 1/2 step up. For a B7♭5 you would use the C diminished scale

This is a way of using the whole diminished scale instead of the half diminished scale.

Both scales are the same except the whole dim. starts with a whole tone and the half dim. scale starts with a half tone, confusing isn’t it

You could use the half diminished and start on the root it’s up to you. It’s still alternating whole steps and half steps for both scales.

B7♭5 chords

Here is what the notes would be for an altered B7 chord using the C dominant Scale

Diminished Whole

C

D

E♭

F

F♯

G♯

A

B

Scale degree

♭9

♯9

3

♭5

5

6

♭7

root

It contains a flatted 5th,9th and 7th and a raised 9th

Here is the C diminished scale played against a B7♭5 chord

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C diminished played against a B7 flat five chord

Diminished 7th Arpeggio

I used to think this was the diminished scale, this was pre internet era and info wasn’t that easy to come by.

Most books were written for college professors or students (if you could find one) and not for someone to learn on their own like most musicians do.

It’s made from minor 3rds stacked together C to E♭, E♭ to F♯, F♯ to A and A to C.

You will probably recognize this. I first heard it on the Blues Magoo’s version of Tobacco Road written by John D Loudermilk. Yes that was the bands name.

It wasn’t played against a diminished chord either, every non altered dominant 7th chord has a diminished chord in it starting on the 3rd of the chord.

The C diminished arpeggio could be used on the A♭7th chord.

Heres a few A♭7th chords first

Try different chords like C7, F7, or Cdim7.

The C diminished chord has 4 names one for each note in it and it repeats itself every minor 3rd or 3 frets

The ° symbol stands for diminished or flatted in music

The C diminshed chord names are C°7, E♭°7, F♯°7 and A°7.

Here is what it sounds like played against an A♭7th chord

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C diminished 7th arpeggio played against an A7th chord