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These 5 Songs Are Simple, Fun Classics To Get Kids Hooked On Playing Guitar

Learn how to strum along with these easy-to-master hits.

Sean Kelly · 6 months ago

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Learning how to play guitar might seem like a daunting task, all it really takes is determination and excitement. If you’re not motivated by the music you’re learning, you’ll never push yourself to get past the basics and start really learning the instrument.

So for kids who have shown an interest in expressing themselves musically, these simple classics are a great way of learning the ropes and getting comfortable with the guitar.

1. Woody Guthrie — “This Land Is Your Land”

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This classic American folk song is an absolute anthem for people of all ages, and as it happens, it’s extremely simple to learn and play. In fact, it just takes three chords to play and can be easily transposed to different keys. This song employs a basic I-IV-V chord progression, so let’s play it in D for the sake of learning. Once you get these chords down, you’ll be able to play along in no time!

The first chord in the song is G Major.

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The second is D Major

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The third is A Major

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2. The Beatles — “Love Me Do”

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This great early Beatles hit is also incredibly easy to play on guitar, and it’s a good starting point for any young guitarist who wants to get into the spectacular world of Beatles music. With just three chords, again in a I-IV-V progression, you can impress your friends with a rock and roll standard. This song actually sticks mainly to the I and IV chords, and only uses the V chord in the bridge. It couldn’t be easier!

The first chord in this one is G Major

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The second chord is C Major

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The third and final chord is D Major

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3. Bill Withers — “Ain’t No Sunshine”

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Bill Withers was one of the greatest songwriters of the last 40 years, and an inspiration to countless others who came after him. One of his most significant musical accomplishments, and his most widely recognized song, is also quite simplistic. That’s part of what makes it so great — it uses minor chords in a blues-like structure, but there are enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. It’s the perfect song to learn minor chords on.

The first chord in the song is A Minor

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The second chord is E Minor

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The third and final chord is D Minor

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4. Lynyrd Skynyrd — “Sweet Home Alabama”

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Though the main guitar hook in this southern rock classic is a little complicated to learn, the actual chords in the song couldn’t be easier. This is a great song to learn if you want to play along to it while you try and challenge yourself to master the main riff. Once you get that down, you’ll certainly feel like you accomplished something pretty special!

The first chord is D Major

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The second chord is CAdd9

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This is a version of a C chord that is essentially right below a G chord (with the B-string on the third fret rather than open), making it really simple to switch between.

The third chord is a G major

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(Adding in the third fret on the B-string, rather than keeping it open like we previously instructed.)

5. Stevie Ray Vaughan — “Pride and Joy”

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This is a great song to play if you’re interested in the blues and looking for a place to start. The chords are super simple but they’re a bit different than some of the others, which means you can really start to branch out here. While Vaughan’s lead playing might seem intimidating, all you need to know right now is the basic chords, and you’ll be on your way to learning the depths of blues music.

The first chord is an E Major

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The second chord is an E7 (or an E Major7)

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This is where you’ll start to hear the “blues” come in!

The third chord is an A7

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The third chord is a B7

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These are all great songs for beginner guitar players to get acquainted with the instrument, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling of making music on your own to generate the excitement you need to keep learning and practicing. Happy playing!