10 Easy Songs To Sing and Play on the Guitar

Imagine you’re in the middle of a party and having a good time. Someone, who knows that you are a musician, finds a guitar and ask you to play something. Suddenly the whole crowd joins in and wants you to give a taste of your art.

What are you supposed to do?
If you have a strong repertoire – good for you. Nothing is as rewarding as playing in front of an audience and getting applause.

But what if you can’t come up with something that makes you look good, even if you just a beginner?
You can’t sneak out by saying something like “Sorry guys, but I don’t feel like playing tonight.” or “I don’t know what to play.”

These are moments, where you can weaken or strengthen your musical self-esteem.

Don’t worry. In this article I will help you, build a strong foundation of cover songs, you can use to benefit your musical level.
I will share some general rules and also give you some ideas of easy songs to sing and play on the guitar.

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Easy Songs Characteristics

When you are new to the field of playing cover songs on your own, you’re maybe not aware of some pitfalls I’ve seen with so many amateur musicians.

For some reasons, many singers can’t distinguish between an easy song and a hard one. When you listen to music that’s perfectly performed, everything seems easy.

Truth is, the average listener can’t tell if it’s an easy song or not. Actually, he doesn’t care. The only thing he will care about is, how you perform. When you’re trying to sing something completely out of your range and struggling all the way, you won’t get standing ovations.

Let me help you to shine by following certain rules, when you pick a song:

 

1. Easy Chords
You can break down the most complex song on earth to very easy chords as well as you can make a virtuous masterpiece out of “Old Mc Donald had a farm”. When you are a beginner, go to Google and find an easy version of your chosen song.

Focus on playing it fluently rather than integrating sophisticated chord variations.

2. Stay Within Your Range
I can only emphasize on this over and over again. You have to stay within your vocal range. It makes no sense to squeak or crack through a song, only because it’s your favorite one. Know your capabilities and play it smart.

3. Know The Lyrics
Although that’s a general rule for every song it’s mandatory to learn all lyrics off by heart.
Your performance will suck, when you can’t recall the words.

4. Use A Capo
You have to transpose every song to your vocal range. Take use of a capo.

Read my article about how to sing and play the guitar in 3 simple steps to get some more insights.

Entertain the Crowd

As much as people like to listen to a good piece of music, the real secret to a memorable performance is to entertain your audience.

What does that mean?
In reality, people don’t want to be outside the show, they want to be a part of it.

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For me, it always works best, if I rely on two main things:

1. Speak freely and make some jokes
You don’t have to make a fool out of you to entertain. But don’t take yourself too serious.
Be authentic and real.

2. Get your audience to sing along
Protected by the crowd, even the worst singer in the audience will join in chanting, if his favorite song is being played.
Because – everyone likes to sing!

Top 10 Easy Songs To Impress Your Audience

1. Knocking On Heavens Door (Bob Dylan/ Guns ‘n’ Roses)
Very easy to play, within comfortable singing range, probably one of the most known songs in the world.
Get the chords and lyrics here

2. Let It Be (Beatles)
Chorus perfect for the crowd to join in.
Get the chords and lyrics here

3. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
Listeners will recognize the song by the first 2 notes of the intro riff.
Get the chords and lyrics here

4. Achy Breaky Heart (Billy Ray Cyrus)
Easy vocal line and animating song.
Get the chords and lyrics here

5. Under The Bridge (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Great intro where you can show some guitar skills.
Get the intro, chords and lyrics here

6. Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple)
Okay, this one is just to give a quick shot of some electric guitar playing.
Get the riff here

7. Wonderwall (Oasis)
A classy one with great rhythm
Get the chords and lyrics here

8. Wake Me Up When September Ends (Greenday)
Love that one from Greenday. Just watch the interval jump in the verse.
Get the chords and lyrics here

9. Always On My Mind (Elvis Presley)
You have to have Elvis in your portfolio. Who doesn’t know this piece?
Get the chords and lyrics here

elvis easy songs

10. Complicated (Avril Lavigne)
Especially for the female singers. Avril’s smash hit still appealing.
Get the chords and lyrics here

Conclusion

When you are starting out with singing and/or playing the guitar be wise what songs you pick to perform in front of an audience.

I recommend playing it smart and making the best in line with your level of skills.
Choose songs that fit your vocal range and make them as easy as possible.

Besides the general rules to simplify chords, stay within your vocal range, learn the lyrics and transpose songs, I shared my personal Top 10 songs, which can be played easy and still have the potential to impress the audience.

Hope you liked this post and I’m happy to hear about your favorite songs.

 

 

 

 

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8 comments to “10 Easy Songs To Sing and Play on the Guitar”

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  1. Ronda - July 19, 2018 Reply

    you have an amazing taste, guitar is my favorite, i wish i would have learned music on guitar 🙂
    thank for sharing

    • Felix - July 19, 2018 Reply

      Thanks Ronda!

  2. Aria Len - July 19, 2018 Reply

    This is a great post for anyone who’s interested in learning to play guitar and wants to have a few options to choose from when they’re showing their friends how much they’ve learned. I’m impressed that Red Hot Chilli Peppers was on there as I feel like not many people would have included this band in the list of beginner friendly songs.

    • Felix - July 19, 2018 Reply

      At first sight, you might be right, because RHCP in general come with advanced guitar stuff. “Under the Bridge”,although, can be accomplished with some practice.

  3. Tina Palford - July 19, 2018 Reply

    Omgosh! This information is awesome helpful. Plus that is really kind of you to do the research and list the songs.

    • Felix - July 19, 2018 Reply

      Thanks for your comment Tina. Well, I’m here to serve and protect 🙂

  4. David - July 20, 2018 Reply

    This is a must read for anyone starting out on guitar it’s packed full of information and great songs to learn by. David

    • Felix - July 20, 2018 Reply

      Thanks David, appreciated.

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