Super Easy 2 Chord Songs

There are not loads of songs that you can play with just A and D but there are more than a few bona fide classics to sink your fingers into :)

Original Songs
Playing along with the original recordings is the most fun where it's possible, but it can be misleading if you hear too much of the original guitar... and many times you'll need to use a capo and sometimes fiddle with the tuning. It's the best for absorbing 'the groove' but that's not usually the focus for beginners who are struggling with chord changes, sore fingers and strumming and better left for later!

Beginner Song Course App
If you decide to use my Beginner Song Course App you will find songs that fit with each lesson in the course! There are many songs to choose from and you can adjust the speed of the play along to suit your chord change speed. Playing along with a backing track is much more fun than playing with a metronome and it will REALY help you with your timing and strumming. Playing along with the original recordings can be lots of fun too - but often you will need a capo (we will learn about doing this next lesson!) and it's hard to adjust the speed.

App Play-Alongs
I know there will be people who are unable to buy the app, so I have filmed myself playing along with some of the songs from each lesson so that you can still get the experience of app play along but without buying it. Also can give you a taster of how much fun it is! ;)

Freestyle
Learning songs from books is cool and fun, but the play-along element is the bit that I think accelerates the learning of rhythm and strumming and playing in time. It is totally possible to play on your own without any backing track type thing, that's how I learned, but I've experienced how powerful the play along thing can be, and it really speeds up the part that is often the hardest! Even if you use an app or play-alongs most of the time - you should still sometimes practice freestyle so you can really hear clearly how you are doing!

Song Lessons
Many of the beginner songs you'll find on my site are 'growers' that you can do more fun stuff with as you improve. Don't be disheartened by things you can't do yet - you're just starting your journey - look at them as cool thing you'll be doing soon if you stick at your practice!

 

Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks

This is usually the one I recommend - nice easy and fun to play along.

Original recording - YES - You'll need to put a Capo on the 2nd fret but it's a nice one to play along with :) If it's too fast it's hard to slow down though...

Beginner Song Course App - YES - try slowing it down the first few times at least (slider on the left of the screen!). No capo needed.

App Playalong Video - Video of me playing along with the app and you can play along too! Good to get a vibe on what the app can do!

Dance The Night Away Guitar Lesson - which will include more advanced info for you to grow with the song!

Born In The U.S.A - Bruce Springsteen

The chord changes here are a bit slower than in Dance The Night Away, but that means you get a bit less practice with the chord changes too!

Original Recording - YES - Capo 2 for this one and play along with The Boss!

Beginner Song Course App - NO - Been pulled but I can't find out why! :( sorry!

Born In The U.S.A Guitar Lesson - which will include more advanced info for you to grow with the song!

You Sound Good To Me - Lucy Hale

This modern pop-country track is a great easy beginner song if you dig this style of stuff!

Original Recording - YES - But capo right up on 4th fret for this one so the chords might feel a bit cramped.

Beginner Song Course App - YES - No capo needed, this is a cool one!

You Sound Good To Me Guitar Lesson - which will include more advanced info for you to grow with the song!

Give Peace A Chance - John Lennon

This song was played originally using D to A chords, but his guitar was tuned down a semitone - which means it won't sound right if you try to play along with the original recording (

Original Recording - NO - Unless you Tune to Eb, which is a real pain and not worth it!).

Beginner Song Course App - NOT YET - working on it!

Give Peace A Chance Guitar Lesson - which will include more advanced info for you to grow with the song!

Feelin Alright - Joe Cocker

The legendary hit song and very cool fun one for beginners!

Beginner Song Course App - NOT YET - working on it!

Original Recording - YES - Capo 3 for this - but don't get put off by the paino doing fancy pants rhythms, try to find the count and follow along!

Blowin Smoke - Kasey Musgraves

Nice laidback country/pop thing (they genre does like a simple 2 chord hit!).

Beginner Song Course App - NOT YET - working on it!

Original Recording - YES - No capo needed for this one :)

Blowin Smoke Guitar Lesson - which will include more advanced info for you to grow with the song!

Boys 'Round Here - Blake Sheldon

Not really my bag, but if you dig songs about trucks, dirt roads, kickin' up dust and prayers to the man upstairs - then this one might be for you! :)

Beginner Song Course App - NOT YET - working on it!

Original Recording - YES - No capo needed for this one - fun to play along with!

Spotify

Here's a Spotify playlist of the songs listed above for you to check out :) You might discover some new bands to love (or not!).

Find Songs You Love!

It's super important to play the music that you love and that you find inspiring - but with very limited chords it is kinda tricky! Of course, it's worth exploring new music too, you never know what you’ll discover, and you might find and artist that you really dig and want to get more into. There are some other songs that you can kinda play with just these 2 chords, but some will be suited more to next lesson when we learn the E Chord, for these chords we'd have to have the capo right up the neck, which is asking too much in your first lesson! 

If you know any songs you can play with just A and D then let me know and I might include them in the course.