Easy Guitar Songs And Chords For Beginners

Learning guitar can be pretty intimidating for beginners. Many people think of famous guitarist like Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen playing extremely contemplated chord progressions and notes in rapid fire speed. However, all these legends once started not knowing anything, and had to start learning the same initial chords as all beginners. This article will talk about the basic chords that all beginners should learn, as well as some easy songs that beginners can play to get started.

Jimi Hendrix plays a solo

The first chord that all new guitar players should learn is the E minor (Em) chord. To play this chord you simply just hold the 4th and 5th strings of the guitar closest to the top and strum. Not only is this a very easy chord for beginners to play, but it is also commonly played in many songs today. The C chord is another basic and easy chord to learn for beginners. The C chord is played by holding the 2nd 4th and 5th strings and only strumming the 5 highest sounding chords. A good way to practice these chords is to play chord progressions. For example, start by strumming the Em chord and then switch the C chord.


Some easy songs can be played with just a couple chords that any beginner can learn. For example, “Pumped up Kicks” by Foster the People is played with just the C- Dm-F and G chords. The entire song is played in that chord order, and all these chords are not difficult to learn. Another easy song is “Fireflies” by Owl City. The chord progression for “Fireflies” is C-G-Am- and F. This is another common and popular song that is just a progression of four relatively simple chords.