Easy Songs To Play On Guitar By Using Four Basic Open Chords

Published: 02nd February 2011
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Understanding Chords

For a lot of beginners at guitar learning, the original desire is usually to know some easy songs to play on guitar. And one of the primary challenges here is learning all the guitar chords necessary in order to be able to play those tunes.

Which is not always an easy thing to accomplish. Lots of melodies makes use of chords that seem to have come to exist for no other purpose than to make it impossible to play. No wonder you give up on those songs. They have to wait until you get better at guitar playing.


The Chord progression G-Em-C-D is a common ( big understatement!) sequence around the world, in most sorts of music styles. You can of course transpose to other chords, like C-Am-F-G or D-Bm-G-A and so on. Another way to "transpose" a song that not suits your voice is to try using a capo at any fret that suits you.

I have compiled a small listing of songs that I found that uses these chords. Several uses the progression throughout the whole song, others are played with variations. And a few of them uses other chords as well.

The List

So here it is, my small gift to those of you who can't find easy songs to play on guitar.

Here are the chords again, with two additional variations.
(C-Am-F-G), (G-Em-C-D), (D-Bm-G-A)

Stand by Me - Ben E. King

Heart and Soul - Hoagy Carmichael

The Thin Ice - Pink Floyd

Earth Angel - The Penguins (in family guy, back to the future etc.)

Donna - Ritchie Valens

Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler

Every Breath You Take - The Police

The Living Daylights - a-Ha

Last Kiss

Those Magic Changes and

Beauty School Dropout - from Grease

Leader of the Pack

You Send Me

Blue Moon - Chris Isaak

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - The Carpenters

Bubble Goose - Wyclef Jean

Teenager in Love - Dion & The Belmonts(?)

Fly On The Wings Of Love - The Olsen Brothers

Bus Station - Tom Russell

Heart Of Gold - Neil young

Stand By Me - Ben E King

Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston

I've just seen a face - The Beatles

Last Kiss - Pearl Jam

Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis (I think?)

Single Ladies - Beyonce

Baby - Justin Bieber

Mary's Song- Taylor Swift

Jump then Fall-Taylor Swift

Wrapped in your Arms- Fireflight

This magic moment

Up on the roof- The Drifters

Wonderful world - Herman Hermits

Lovers moon - Glenn Frye - My new favorite.

She will be loved - Maroon 5

His Latest Flame - Elvis.

I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield.

End Of The Line - Traveling Wilburys.

Puff The Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul and Mary


Where Have All The Flowers Gone? - Pete Seeger

Look at the first song within this list. In all its simpleness "Stand By Me" is a fantastic song, and it has travelled with me through all these years. And it is a very easy song to play on guitar.

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