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Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners (Beginner Guitar Course Level 1 lesson 6)

January 22, 2020


Hiya guys, and welcome to this lesson for my chord sequences for level 1 of my beginner’s course, using the chords E and A. And this is ideal just to do before you have a go at the songs, because the songs for this level…there’s always gonna be something… that is a little bit song-specific or new to you and these are perfect just to make sure we got the skills under your belt before you have a go…. at playing along to the record or having a go at full-length songs. So, the first chord sequence we’re going to go for is really similar, pretty much the same, as the first song we’re going to go for…. but this is, as I say, just taking it out of the song context and getting the skills first. So all this is, is a bar of E and a bar of A, along to the beat…just strumming ‘1…2….3….4’. And that is very similar to Buffalo Springfield and ‘For What It’s Worth’. So, here’s our E Major chord and we’re going to strum on the beat ‘1….2….3….4’, and then change to our A chord…. which we practised changing earlier. And then again strum ‘1….2…3…4’. But it’s really crucial that whatever speed you’re strumming at remains consistent throughout. If you have to do things a little slower at first, that’s fine. But what we wanna avoid is kinda going ‘1..2…3…4’ and then a pause for the change and then again strumming really fast… you know, ‘1..2’..3.4′. We wanna slow everything down but keep it even, so that the rhythm is consistent. Kinda like a bit faster than a ticking clock is what we’re looking for. So just as a demo, up to speed, of what we’re looking for. And then we just do it in a loop. ‘1…2…3….4’, [chord change], ‘1….2…..3….4’. So that’s what we’re gonna go for now, though we’ll do it a little bit slower than that to give everyone a chance. If it takes you a few attempts, that’s totally cool. That’s the idea of practising, which is what we’re gonna be looking at in a later lesson…. just in a sec. But let’s have a go at this now. So starting on that E chord. If you need a pause and have a go yourself, feel free to do so. But sometimes it’s easier playing along to me, so whichever your preference is. Bar of E and a bar of A…in…1…2…3…4. ‘E….2….3….4’. ‘A…2…3……Back to E…’ ‘E…2….3…4’ ‘1….2….3…’. Keep it going. E…2…3….4. ‘1…2…3…’. And pause there but finish, ideally, on the E. So, to make things sound finished, it sounds great if you go back to that first chord and just give it one final strum. It sort of finishes everything off nicely. You can probably tell by now that this ‘anchor finger’ idea will help you, but you need a really good solid change before we can kinda…. keep the rhythm even. So that is your task now with the changes themselves, to make those good enough and then try and add…. the strumming on top. The second recommended chord sequence is two bars of E and two bars of A. So that might seem really, really similar. But that’s the idea of pop songs in general. They use very similar, or even the same, chords…. but it’s the lyrics over the top that make it different. And this chord sequence is really similar to a song called ‘Silence is Easy’ by Starsailor, which was…. from a few years ago. You know, some people will have heard of it, some people won’t. Let’s get this skill under our belt with the knowledge that this is a real song that we’re going for, ok? So this is two bars of E, then two bars of A. So this sounds like ‘….3…..4….and again…2…3…4’. Then an A. Keeping the rhythm even. Keeping that strumming action going. And we just loop that, ok? So, let’s have a go at that now. And we’ll slow it down a little bit to give everyone an opportunity but this one could be a little bit faster if you…. got used to it, ok? But again, keep it even. So ready in….2…3….4. 1….2…3…..4. Two, then change to the A. ‘A..2…3…4’. ‘1…2…back to E’. ‘E…2..3…4’, ‘1…2…’. Then to A. ‘A…2…3..4’. Last time. Back to the E. ‘E…2..3…4’, ‘1…2…’. And then A. ‘…2…3…4’. ‘1..2..’. Finish on E. One strum of an E. And that’s our second chord sequence which, as I say, you can treat as a real song as well. This final chord sequence is very similar to my easier beginner’s version of ‘Love Me Do’ by The Beatles…. which I think pretty much everyone should have heard of, at least at some point. That is familiar with at least some pop music anyway. So, this is two beats of the E chord, and then two beats of A. So it’s a shorter sequence. It’s just similar to that song. It’s not exactly the same. As I say, I’ve changed this to make it appropriate for everyone. So this …goes like this. So we have ‘1…2 [chord change]..3….4’. And we can tell that changing much sooner really changes the feel of the chord sequence altogether. It makes it more interesting to play, but it’s a bit more difficult as well. Again, we’re wanting this a bit more up-tempo eventually but let’s start off nice and slow. Join in at home if you think that’s possible. If not, just have a watch and then rewind it and have a go. Or even pause it and then have a go… yourself. Anything’s all good, don’t worry about it. From that E chord in 2…3…4. ‘E…E…then A’. So quick change. ‘1…2.. [chord change]…3….4’. ‘E….E…..A…A’. ‘1…2…[chord change]..3…4′. Keep that going a little bit longer. If you’ve had to stop, just join in from another E. Like in…3…4…E…2…[chord change] 3…4’. ‘1…2….end on E’. Great stuff. So that last one is certainly the most trickiest but if you’ve had a go at each of those now, we’ve had a bit of prep before… you have a go at these songs. So that’s ideal. And that’ll be all explained to you in the last lesson of this level, which is the practice routine and recommended songs. Remember the songs are all only available on the website at andyguitar.co.uk. So I’ll either see you in the practice routine in the next lesson or in one of those songs lessons. See you in one of those. Bye for now.

38 Comments

  • Reply BLAZE FUL December 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Hey andy nice video, i'm getting acoustic guitar soon i'm kind intermediate …beginner lol what guitar you recommend? I should get

  • Reply Kyouko Sakura December 24, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks a lot!

  • Reply Charlotte Wagstaff December 31, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    So if I can do this comfortably with each pattern should I move onto the songs?

  • Reply Josiah Ahumada January 6, 2016 at 4:44 am

    what camera do you use to make your videos

  • Reply Dark Order January 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    You are the best! Thank you very much for these lessons, they are helping me a lot.

  • Reply Sam Louderback January 23, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Are you still only strumming the last 5 strings for the A chord? (not yet good enough to hear if the first string is being strummed)

  • Reply Cozynuha February 5, 2016 at 12:50 am

    thank you so much ! your lessons are helping me alot

  • Reply Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez February 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Andy you are like an internet hero I swear. Thanks alot for these lessons.

  • Reply Bobby W April 2, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Just getting started and im so glad I found your channel Andy. Really enjoy the content. Im starting out on an electric guitar and was wondering what your suggestion for pick thickness would be. I feel like the heavy pick is too much. What do you suggest for your beginners? Keep spreading the music 🙂

  • Reply Zach K April 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I'm having a lot of trouble with my grip, it feels like I have to choke my guitar to death to get any notes above the fourth fret. I've watched your sore fingers video, but the notes just take a lot of pressure. Do you have any tips/recommendations?

  • Reply Sharon Ross April 26, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Andy I have learned to change the Em to Am and back and try to strum bar s I like sliding my finger into the 2nd fret… Thanks for being a great teacher….

  • Reply Anh Lê May 13, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Thank you very much for the lessons, Andy. Everytime i watch your video, my motivation for learning guitar gets much higher 😀

  • Reply HYITHO May 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Is it me or does Andy look like Cpt. Rip Hunter from Legends of Tomorrow?

  • Reply Jaagaachino May 19, 2016 at 2:19 am

    This helps a whole lot! Thank you

  • Reply Leyla Musayeva June 24, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Thank you a lot!

  • Reply Nothing 123 June 26, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Andy you are really helping me with my
    guitar 😀😀

  • Reply Soumyadip Dey June 27, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    +Andy your lesson is a big reason for my happiness…..really I do really good with my guitar

  • Reply Toni James Tigley August 21, 2016 at 2:43 am

    hi andy, if im in A chord, should i also strum the 6th string?

  • Reply LeexReloaded September 3, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    You are the best teacher that I ever found. Even tho I take guitar lessons (I'm in my 10th week) I couldn't even change 2 chords and now I can change between A and E fairly fast. Thanks so much. Keep up with the good work 🙂

  • Reply amit bansode October 6, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks a lot Andy , it is very good video

  • Reply C Zona November 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Is this how Black by Pearl Jam starts?

  • Reply Trash Gold January 2, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    im a month in and these videos are still good

  • Reply Gunter Meynen January 30, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Very good information Andy … also very good lessons…. 😉

  • Reply jaber hamza March 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    hy Andy if i wanna practice with a metronome which number i need to use?

  • Reply Danielle Faye May 30, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Andy because of you I already know how to play a guitar .thank you so much

  • Reply Victoria Buitron February 23, 2018 at 4:35 am

    You are so sweet! And an awesome teacher 😁

  • Reply Caleb Kroll GDC March 1, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    My first pick seems to be a good teacher

  • Reply DamynatorX March 3, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    You look somewhat like PewDiePie!

  • Reply Math Mind March 27, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks for your lessons

  • Reply Amy Beth L. April 1, 2018 at 1:07 am

    I almost did it!! It helps following along. Thanks a lot man. You're very inspiring!!

  • Reply Unicorns Slimez June 30, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I'm really not cut out for guitar

  • Reply Relaxed Reason September 6, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    It's not easy being a good teacher – some people are simply naturally talented at it – and you are one of them sir! Clear, concise and effective. I'm a self-taught guitarist deciding to correct some bad habits and my playing has improved so much already. Thanks Andy.

  • Reply stunkata8 October 12, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    God bless u Andy for these guitar lessons <3

  • Reply Tak Peduli October 31, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Is the silence song easy, just pick it down for 8 beats throughout the song.

  • Reply Preety Das January 1, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    I need help…I get that we have to hit all 6 strings for e major but do I have to hit all 6 string for a major too??

  • Reply ritesideofthefence 58 January 5, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Thank you for sharing Andy !

  • Reply Papone January 5, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Well…being almost 50 it takes a little more than it should, but i'm learning. Thanks!

  • Reply Fernanda B May 15, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Im a total beginner and it’s my second day watching your videos, I’m super excited because Iv learned so much already aha !!

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