Beginner Acoustic Songs

Your first acoustic guitar songs

Chords, strumming and fingerstyle

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Nine beginner acoustic guitar songs

Preview the Acoustic Songs from the Beginner Course

All beginner songs have two close up video lessons that demonstrate how you could arrange a song for just one guitar.

Some of these songs are unique arrangements, some are exact, note for note replicas. Most of them are somewhere in between, like ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis, for example.

In the beginner guitar course, you’ll learn how to play all these songs using full TAB. We discuss chord progressions, key signatures and specific techniques like ‘hammer on’ and ‘pull off’.

Not only will learning the songs help you with switching from one chord to another and improve your rhythm playing, they also hold the key to how music actually works.

By studying the movement of a chord progression you can start the journey of understanding music. To understand music is essential if you want to master the guitar.

To find out more about each song, follow the links below.

Ain’t No Sunshine

Ain't No Sunshine ChordsBill Wither’s first single has been covered by so many artists it has become a modern classic.

This is the only song played fingerstyle and is therefore taught as the final song when you take the guitar course.

Go to video lessons: Ain’t No Sunshine chords.

The Drugs Don’t Work

The Drugs Don't Work Chords‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ is an easy song to play for a beginner having simple chords and a repetitive strumming pattern.

Using only simple open position chords it is only the F chord which may present a problem.

Go to video lessons: The Drugs Don’t Work chords.

One More Cup Of Coffee

One More Cup Of Coffee ChordsOne of my personal favourites, ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’ by Bob Dylan is a four chord song having only Am, G, F and E.

To make such simple chords sound interesting is in the writing of the song and the arrangement.

Go to video lessons: One More Cup Of Coffee chords.

Redemption Song

Redemption Song ChordsBob Marley’s classic ‘Redemption Song’ is many guitar players first attempt at playing a full song.

With a simple arrangement, powerful lyrical message and open position chords, surely this is the ultimate campfire song

Go to video lessons: Redemption Song chords.


Rewind ChordsA new emerging artist we find among the classics. Paolo Nutini has been included among the legends as a great new artist who writes songs that sound like classics.

‘Rewind’ is a single off his first album which laid the foundation for his career.

Go to video lessons: Rewind chords.

Robin Hood

Robin Hood ChordsOcean Colour Scene is a British cult band that has survived through touring and keeping a great connection with their fans.

‘Robin Hood’ is one of their songs the fans love and always want at gigs even though it was never an official single.

Go to video lessons: Robin Hood chords.

Talking About A Revolution

Talking About A Revolution ChordsThe easiest of the beginner songs has a meditative strumming pattern that anyone can learn. The simplicity of the part is one of the songs main strengths.

Being about a revolution, the guitar parts no-frills approach make it sound as if it was made to be sung on a street corner, where all revolutions start.

Go to video lessons: Talking About A Revolution chords.

Time Of Your Life

Time Of Your Life ChordsGreen Day’s acoustic punk-pop classic ‘Time Of Your Life’ is played using a continuous picking pattern.

This will not be the easiest of songs to learn, in the guitar course we play quite a few songs and exercises before we get our teeth into this one.

Go to video lessons: Time Of Your Life chords.


Wonderwall ChordsOasis biggest hit may have been sung in pubs around the world more than any other song since its release.

A must learn for any aspiring guitarist and songwriter ‘Wonderwall’ is great fun to learn, what you can learn from it is even greater.

Go to video lessons: Wonderwall chords.

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