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Easy Songs for Stage 1

The Beginner's Course

It's all about playing songs. That's the most important part of the journey, so make sure you spend a good amount of time into playing songs, they combine your chords, chord changes and rhythm all together.

Believe it or not - but there are many songs that you can play with just the three chords we have learnt so far! And to help you out I have written a songbook which goes along with this course perfectly, giving you 10 songs for each stage! I'm probably a little biased [really?] but I honestly think these are the best beginner songbooks ever made and a really helpful tool for anyone learning to play the guitar!

All these songs below just use A, D and E Chords.

At Stage 1 you are not expected to do anything more complicated rhythmically than simple 4 down strums to the bar. In most of the lessons I take things further because I try to give you songs you can grow with and ways of making the songs sound cooler - as you progress you should revisit the lessons and incorporate the new ideas.

There's no harm in having a go at these more complex ideas, but please don't be disappointed if you can't do them right away, and keeping it simple in the early stages is I think the best thing you can do.

Playing along with the original recordings is great fun and will help you with your rhythm feel and force you to make the chord changes faster (to keep up!) but to do this you will sometimes need to Use A Capo, a Stage 6 lesson that will be moved to Stage 1 when I next remake this course! Using a Capo means the frets will be closer together and so make it harder to cram your fingers in (especially for the A Chord) which although harder at first can also be great practice! :) I recommend getting and using a capo and playing along with the original recordings as soon as you can!

The JustinGuitar Beginner Song Course
As well as playing along with the original recordings, it can be awesome fun to play along with backing tracks... and my app does just that! There are hunderds of songs that are graded by difficulty to play along with, as well as a One Minute Changes tracker, Chord Change Songs and exclusive video lessons! It's a pretty awesome tool for beginners, getting rave reviews and it's free to try out, so go have a look! Available on Apple iOS and Android!

Justin Guitar Beginner Song Course App Go to App Store Go to Google Play Image Map

Stage 1 Songs:

Songs From The JustinGuitar Beginner Songbook Volume 1:

BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
BS-102 • Feelin' Alright - Traffic
BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
BS-104 • Walk Of Life - Dire Straits
BS-105 • I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash
BS-106 • The Gambler - Kenny Rodgers
BS-107 • That's All Right Mama - Elvis Presley
BS-108 • Love Me Do - The Beatles
BS-109 • How Bizarre - OMC
BS-110 • Common People - Pulp

Songs From The JustinGuitar Beginner Songbook Volume 2:

BS-120 • Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks
BS-121 • Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
BS-122 • For What It's Worth - For What It's Worth
BS-123 • Me & Charlie - Lee Hazelwood
BS-124 • Blowing Smoke - Kasey Musgraves
BS-125 • Old Time Rock And Roll - Bob Seger
BS-126 • This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
BS-127 • 5 Years Time - Noah And The Whale
BS-128 • Tide Is High - Blondie

More songs for Beginner's Stage 1

BS-191 • Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen

not in a songbook yet!


You might have some songs now, which is lots of fun, but don't forget to train up your ears too so that you can work out songs all by yourself in BC-118 • JUSTIN Training Exercises

Beginner products you may like from
Justinguitar Beginner's Course DVD set
Justinguitar Beginners Songbook
Justinguitar Beginners Songbook
Beginners Course Book
Practical Music Theory

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Lesson ID: BC-117