Fender Play Step-by-step lessons. Check out our list of 40 of our easiest tracks to learn in Fender Play. Learning some of your favorite songs can be a great way to jump-start your starting your guitar journey.
Not only does it give you a familiar baseline to refer to, it is also a pretty fun feeling to play a popular single when you're hanging out with your friends or family. But while cracking away at a particularly tasty Van Halen solo or a mighty Cream riff might be the end goal, players on that level weren't created in a day, to put a spin on that classic adage about Rome. So pick up your acoustic or electric guitar and take a shot at one of these 40 simple songs that any beginner can master with the help of Fender Play.
And if you're ready to try Fender Play today, you can get 3 months of unlimited access free no credit card required. It's a fine example of pop guitar work, with one easy chord progression using downstrums on open chords. Learn how to play "Pumped Up Kicks" here. The song was a massive worldwide hit for the band and spawned a new era of British rock. Written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, "I Fought the Law" is one of the greatest rebel songs of all time, even covered by the Clash, despite the hero losing to authority in the end.
The Bobby Fuller version of it was ranked No. To make this easy, Matt Lake breaks it down into a campfire strummer that will help keep your strumming steady. Learn how to play "I Fought the Law" here. Some call Carrie Underwood the new "Queen of Country," and based on her spin on classic country songwriting, they may be right. With only one chord progression to master, you can make it through this Grammy-winning track.
Learn how to play "Blown Away" here. Danish pop band Lukas Graham formed in and quickly gaining commercial success. Learn how to play "7 Years" here. Telecaster master Brad Paisley has helped define the modern country sound, and this easy-to-learn smash hit shows why. This easygoing song - that was his first No. Learn how to play "He Didn't Have to Be" here.
Mixing hard rock strut with country honk, the Rollling Stones' classic "Honky Tonk Women" topped the charts in both the U. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards , this song milks the G chord throughout, and you'll learn the intro riff, verse and chorus in this lesson.
Learn how to play "Honky Tonk Women" here. The song exposed many to Hendrix's signature psychedelic rock sound. She explained to a journalist that she wrote it in Hawaii when she looked out her window and saw the beautiful mountains, and then looked down and saw a huge paved parking lot.
Learn how to play "Big Yellow Taxi" here. Buddy Holly's recording of "That'll Be the Day" with his band, the Crickets, achieved widespread success and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in In this tutorial from Fender Play instructor Nikki Stevens, you can use down strums or work up to a more percussive alternate strum through the three chords E, A, and D major.
Learn how to play "Not Fade Away. It's perfect for a beginner, as using a capo makes this song easier to play. Learn how to play "I Need My Girl" here. Championing the theme of personal individuality, it was one of a group of songs from the likes of the Beatles, Bob Dylan and others at the time that showed rock could play a role in the social consciousness.
Learn how to play "It's My Life" here. This metaphorical tune about bullying is featured on ukulele prodigy Grace VanderWaal's debut album Perfectly Imperfect. The heartfelt ballad features four easy chords in the open position: G, E minor, D and C. Learn how to play "Clay" here. It's jagged pop has hints of roots-rock and is pushed by a cool alternate strum. Learn how to play "California" here. While the song did not reach higher than No.
If you've ever been to a sporting event or wedding or seen National Lampoon's Animal House , for that matter , it's likely you've been implored to get "a little bit softer now. Learn how to play "Shout" here. Never has bad mojo sounded so happy and upbeat than on the peppy Creedence Clearwater Revival classic "Bad Moon Rising," with its steady, basic strumming. This timeless rock tune is a great start to learning some basic chords D, A and G and chord switching.
Learn how to play "Bad Moon Rising" here. Originally released on Soundcloud in , "ocean eyes" was the debut song from Billie Eilish. This hit song, written by her brother Finneas O'Connell, started her path to performing at the Grammys just a few years later at age You also might remember this track when Led Zeppelin included a cover on their self-titled debut album. In this tutorial, you'll through its three basic chords G, C and D.
The country-tinged ballad talks about his desire to just shut the world out and throw on some Pretenders records for a moment of introspection. Learn how to play "Chrissie Hynde here.
Learn how to play "Helluva Life" here. It only takes three chords A, D and E to master Carl Perkins' rockabilly-tinged "Matchbox," as it's a great song to practice alternate strumming while solidifying your rhythm playing. Originally recorded in , it has lived on over the years - even the Beatles recorded a version! Learn how to play "Matchbox". James didn't initially chart with the song in , but he re-recorded it in the early '60s and soon had a hit on his hands. This version boasts only three chords, with two types for each chord A5, A6, D5, D6, E5 and E6 , making it a terrific entry point to the blues.
Learn how to play "It Hurts Me Too" here. Blues artist Bonnie Raitt is known for her buring slide guitar playing and smooth vocals. In fact, she was Fender's first female signature artists, coming out with a namesake Stratocaster in the early s. Around that time, Raitt scored international success with her multiple Grammy-winning albums Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw , and "Something to Talk About" was one of those singles that still endures today.
Learn how to play "Something to Talk About" here. Muddy Waters recorded "Mannish Boy" in , and it reached No. Learn how to play "Mannish Boy" here. The New Orleans bluesman nabbed a bestselling single when it was released in , staying at No. This lesson shows you how to get this standard chord progression down.
In this lesson, you'll use pivot fingers and 8th note alternate strumming. The song was a hit, reaching No. In this lesson, you'll dive into basic chord switching with a consistent strum pattern. Learn how to play "Low" here. VH1 named ZZ Top's "Tush," the only single from fourth album Tush , the 67th best hard rock song of all time, and it definitely deserved to be on the list.
A bar bluesy rocker, it took John Lee Hooker's rhythm approach and added modern hard rock picking and lead work. Fender Play instructor Scott Goldbaum breaks it down to a campfire version to give you a three-chord D, G, C rhythm progression.
Learn how to play "Tush" here. Hank Williams' single-note-picking technique helped define country guitar playing, and this No. This simple progression backing a catchy melody makes this tune into a country favorite. You've got two chords here! Learn how to play "Jambalaya On the Bayou " here. The Cactus Blossoms might be a modern band, but they've got an old-school, rockabilly vibe, as demonstrated by the jangly "Stoplight Kisses.
Learn how to play "Stoplight Kisses" here. Bluesman Mississippi John Hurt's version of this classic gave blues and rock fans a lesson in songwriting and how to milk classic countrified chords. This song straddles folk, blues, and country and features three basic chords and syncopated rhythms. Paolo Nutini's "Candy" was a worldwide hit in , boasting a neo-soul feel that was fresh at the time.
This lesson from instructor Scott Goldbaum gives it a folky spin, unlocking the Sunny Side Up single with alternate and syncopated strumming. Learn how to play "Candy" here. The track's haunting vibe and lyrics talking about the inevitability of death gave it an eerie feel, and despite that, Rolling Stone named it Song of the Year when it was released.
Learn how to play "Don't Fear the Reaper" here. Learn how to play "Amazing Grace" here. Mexican-American rock group Santana's rendition further popularized the song.
John Legend's piano-driven "All of Me" also sounds great on the guitar, as you'll see in this explanation. The beautiful open chords during the intro and verse consist of just E minor, C, G, and D, with A minor coming in during the pre-chorus and chorus.
Learn how to play "All of Me" here. But the song really gained steam when it topped the U. Joplin actually recorded vocals for the timeless classic just a few days before her death. Learn how to play "Me and Bobby McGee" here. If you want to unlock hundreds more songs and skills , click here to get a free trial of Fender Play.
By Mike Duffy. Carrie Underwood: "Blown Away" Some call Carrie Underwood the new "Queen of Country," and based on her spin on classic country songwriting, they may be right.