Easy Songs for Stage 1
Believe it or not - but there are many songs that you can play with just the three chords we have learnt so far! And to help you out I have written a songbook which goes along with this course perfectly, giving you 10 songs for each stage! I'm probably a little biased [really?] but I honestly think these are the best beginner songbooks ever made and a really helpful tool for anyone learning to play the guitar! All these songs below just use A, D and E Chords.
At Stage 1 you are not expected to do anything more complicated rhythmically than simple 4 down strums to the bar. In most of the lessons, I take things further because I try to give you songs you can grow with and ways of making the songs sound cooler - as you progress you should revisit the lessons and incorporate the new ideas.
There's no harm in having a go at these more complex ideas, but please don't be disappointed if you can't do them right away, and keeping it simple in the early stages is I think the best thing you can do.
Play Along With Original Recordings!
Playing along with the original recordings is great fun and will help you with your rhythm feel and force you to make the chord changes faster (to keep up!) but to do this you will sometimes need to Use A Capo, a Stage 6 lesson that will be moved to Stage 1 when I next remake this course! Using a Capo means the frets will be closer together and so make it harder to cram your fingers in (especially for the A Chord) which although harder at first can also be great practice! :) I recommend getting and using a capo and playing along with the original recordings as soon as you can!
The JustinGuitar Beginner Song Course
As well as playing along with the original recordings, it can be awesome fun to play along with backing tracks... and my app does just that! There are hunderds of songs that are graded by difficulty to play along with, as well as a One Minute Changes tracker, Chord Change Songs and exclusive video lessons! It's a pretty awesome tool for beginners, getting rave reviews and it's free to try out, so go have a look! Available for Apple iOS and Android!
Stage 1 Songs
You can always check out all the songs for each stage on the All Songs page and use the Stage 1 filter Tag, but here they are for you anyways!
Songs From The JustinGuitar Beginner Songbook Volume 1:
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Feelin' Alright - Traffic
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Walk Of Life - Dire Straits
I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash
The Gambler - Kenny Rodgers
That's All Right Mama - Elvis Presley
Love Me Do - The Beatles
How Bizarre - OMC
Common People - Pulp
Songs From The JustinGuitar Beginner Songbook Volume 2:
Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
For What It's Worth - For What It's Worth
Me & Charlie - Lee Hazelwood
Blowing Smoke - Kasey Musgraves
Old Time Rock And Roll - Bob Seger
This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
5 Years Time - Noah And The Whale
Tide Is High - Blondie
More songs for Beginner's Stage 1 (not in songbooks, yet!)