Strumming is essential for all us guitarists. There aren’t many better sounds than that of a well strummed acoustic guitar accompanied by a soulful, engaging singer. Best of all, most simple strumming songs require only a handful of chords that once you can change between allow you to play a huge variety of songs.
Every guitarist, acoustic or electric should learn the following 10 strumming songs (as long as they enjoy them of course). Once added to your repertoire, this list of songs will be sure to impress your audience and give you more confidence in your guitar playing.
At first, learning any songs can be a challenge. You have to deal with learning the chords shapes, playing the chords so they sound cleanly, the ‘dreaded change’ between chords, playing the correct strumming pattern, and playing it in time.
That’s quite a lot to deal with, but fear not, I have listed the following ten songs in order of difficulty. Remember, at first no song is easy, so take your time and learn each one if you enjoy them. There are always new skills that can be developed whenever you learn a new song.
Sometimes, these skills are big such as learning a new and popular strumming pattern, and sometimes these skills are minor such as learning a new and unusual chord change. Either way, remember that every time you learn a new song, you will be improving as a guitarist.
You can be learning more than one of these songs at a time, just try not to be working on more than two at any one time, and try to learn all the parts for each song and not just the cool part everyone knows! You will learn a lot about songwriting, structure and the song itself by learning all the parts and then playing along with the original recording and other musicians too.
10 of the best simple yet stunning strumming songs every guitarist should know
If you are an experienced strummer, these ten songs won’t be too difficult for you, but I would be surprised if you didn’t learn at least a few new things about your playing and music as a whole once you learn all ten. I have ordered the list of ten in order of difficulty (based on average on how easily my private students learn them).
Number 1 is the easiest and each one gets harder. Have fun with these 10 best simple yet stunning strumming songs every guitarist should know.
1) The Beatles – Let It Be
2) Oasis – Half the World Away
3) Green Day – Time Of Your Life
4) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
5) The Jam – That’s Entertainment
Check out the EGIC to learn this one
6) Eagles – Tequila Sunrise
7) Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You
8) Outkast – Hey Ya!
9) Iggy Pop – The Passenger
10) Amy Winehouse – Love Is A Losing Game
Some of the above links go to my YouTube channel where you can watch the videos for free and some are currently only available as part of my EGIC.
Post a comment with the song you would most like me to teach you and I will create a video for the one with the most votes.
These songs all use great strumming patterns and sound great on electric and acoustic guitar and even the ukulele.
Jeffrey Penner says
This was a well thought out list. The chords are not only easy to play, but to easy listen to as well. Koodos!
Queen Crazy little thing called love is great to strum and only 4 chords
Dan Thorpe says
That`s a good fun one, Dave. Taught this in my membership programme. Always enjoy a big strummer like this!