GIVE PEACE A CHANCE by John Lennon
“Give Peace A Chance” by John Lennon is a super simple tune to play. If you’re a beginner, this is a great one to start practising and developing your strumming technique with – or don’t! Keep it as simple as you need to. It’s also good for working on your chord changes.
The song alternates between the D and the A chords. With the D chord, if you accidentally hit the 5th string while strumming, it’s not the worst thing in the world (not this time, at least!). When it comes to the A chord, you can play it normally, but I’m fairly certain that the chord that’s actually being played on the original recording is the A7 chord. To play an A7, all you need to do is take your 1st finger off of the G string. This might make it easier for you to play since you’ve got one less finger to worry about, but it could trip you up a bit. If you choose to play the A7, make sure your 2nd and 3rd fingers are still squarely on their strings. Take a little extra care to make sure your 2nd finger doesn’t flatten out too much and mute the now open G string.
For strumming, you can keep this super simple. If you’re a beginner, start with strumming just one strum per bar. If you need to practice it slowly, do that and make sure you’re getting those chord changes on time. Any time you’re playing a song, it’s really important that you strum something on the 1st beat of every bar! Otherwise, the whole song lags and it’s just a mess to listen to.
If you’re up for it, you can try the strum pattern where you pick the bass note of each chord on beats 1 and 3 and strum the whole chord on beats 2 and 4. This might be difficult for you if you’re not used to picking out individual strings yet, but it might be good practice for you.