I remember when I got my first guitar at 17, I ripped off the packaging, sat on the edge of my bed and played all night (well, afternoon, curfew man!). My new guitar came with a little printed sheet with a few chords on it. The first and easiest to pick up was D chord, quickly followed by E and A. Being a lazy son of a gun I didn’t bother learning any new chords for a good long while, and was amazed just how many awesome songs I could strum along with using only 3 simple chords.
D, E and A chords are the easiest because they don’t require any stretching and it is easier to learn how to transfer between the chords quickly. They also sound good on acoustic or electric guitars and will help you have fun playing songs while suffering through the inevitable fingertip burn that all new guitar players have to go through!
Now you can benefit from my laziness! Here’s my run down of the best 6 easy (I mean it, so easy) songs that just about anyone can learn to play in a few minutes.
If you need a quick cheat sheet first, here are the chords you will need:
Let’s crack on with the guide…
1. Wild Thing by The Troggs
Watch the video to get the rhythm and view the simple chord guide on Ultimate Guitar.
2. Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum
This song is perfect for beginners because it is fairly slow-paced, giving you plenty of chance to learn chord transitions. View the chord guide on E Chords here. Note that C chord is recommended for the verses, but I recommend keeping it simple and sticking to the catchy chorus.
3. Desire by U2
You can play this one all the way through with just A, D and E chord and do your best impression of The Edge while you’re at it. The chords and lyrics are over at Ultimate Guitar. That’s my favorite version too.
4. What I Like About You by The Romantics
A real classic. If you must you can also sing it in the style of the Lillix cover version that was used as the theme song of the TV show of the same name (you know the one with Amanda Bynes…). This chord guide works best.
5. All Shook Up by Elvis Presley
I’m itching like a man on a fuzzy tree to play this one.. grab the chords from Guitaretab.com.
6. Love Me Do by The Beatles
Last but by no means least it’s Love Me Do by The Beatles. Nice and slow and evenly paced, sounds good on acoustic so get practicing now! Chords from AZChords are here.
That’s the end my list of easy guitar chords with 3 super easy chords for now. Check back again soon, I am planning to write plenty more helpful guides for all you lazy guitar players out there (myself included). This is Last Minute Guitar, after all! 🙂