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Top 20 acoustic guitar tabs - Songs for beginners

Top 20 acoustic guitar tabs - Songs for beginners

When I start teaching a total beginner how to play guitar, I am always thankful that we have tabs to make things easier.

Guitar tablature (tabs) makes learning songs so much faster and simpler than having to read standard notation.

Do you doubt me?

Let's prove it! Here are the tabs to 20 acoustic songs which are super popular, yet easy to learn and play on guitar.

Reading guitar tablature

If you don't use tabs yet to learn songs, you're really missing out. You can find the tablature to basically any song ever written. Some good sites to get tabs are:

At first, tabs may look like a bunch of numbers on lines. Well, technically they are.

But after you learn how to read guitar tabs, you'll realize how logical it all is. Here is an amazing video on deciphering tablature:

Now it's time to get to the real meat of this post, the song tablature.

As promised, here are the beginner acoustic guitar tabs to 20 popular songs. ...

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Happy Birthday easy guitar chords

Happy Birthday easy guitar chords

After playing guitar for 20 years, I would say that if I had to name 1 song that I've played most often in front of kids, it would be Happy Birthday.

If you want to learn how to play Happy Birthday on the guitar, I have great news for you.

It involves playing just a few simple beginner chords on your guitar.

And singing of course. Can't help you there, I've been told on occasion that my singing voice stings ears like needles 🙂

Let's get to it.

Here are the chords, after which I'll also give you the strumming pattern I use, then a surprise at the end.

Guitar chords to Happy Birthday in G

You can play this song in many different keys. Most people will choose the key that fits their voice better.

I like playing it in the key of G, I think this is the classic version:

  • G
  • D
  • D7
  • C

You can transpose these chords to different keys if you wish, I'll give you the chords in other keys as well in a second.

You can also use a capo to create a higher voicing.

G major D major D7 C major
Gmaj-chord1 Dmaj-chord1 D7-chord1 Cmaj-chord1

Keep in mind that Happy Birthday is in 3/4 time, which means that there are 3 beats to a measure.

{ G } Happy birthday to { D } you
{ D7 } Happy birthday to { G } you
{ G } Happy birthday dear { C } YOUR_NAME
{ G } Happy birthday { D7 } to { G } you

There you have it, nice and easy. ...

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10 nursery rhymes with easy guitar chords

10 nursery rhymes with easy guitar chords

If you play guitar and have children, you will undoubtedly want to play guitar for them. Making music to your children will not only make you a superhero rock star in their eyes, but also pass on your love of music to your kids.

Eventually, you will probably want to teach them how to play guitar as well, but at first, get the ball rolling by playing some of their favorite children's songs on guitar to them.

Playing these nursery rhymes will be a lot of fun, since you can all sing along to them. Try to get them dancing a bit as well.

10 popular children's songs with their guitar chords

Let's have a look at some of the most popular songs your kids will already be familiar with. I'll give you the lyrics, as well as the chords to each song. ...

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14 + 1 tips for learning guitar

14 + 1 tips for learning guitar

All musicians know the feeling of fulfillment playing an instrument causes.

It is one of those things in your life, that just really needs to be experienced, it just can't be described. Should you be considering learning an instrument, the guitar is a superb option. Just lifting your own guitar and performing a song anytime you feel like it is comparable to practically nothing else.

As with things rewarding in life, it will take practice, but is going to bring about an experience that is certainly worth it.

Once you start, you'll never look back again. There will be ups and downs, but if you keep going with it, you will get better and better.

Here are some excellent tips on learning guitar

Read about the anatomy of the acoustic guitar, what it really is made of, how it functions. This sounds unproductive at first, but knowing how something operates is always an initial step up learning how exactly to utilize it.

  1. Practice guitar chords. These will be open chords in the beginning.
  2. Discover ways to strum your acoustic guitar in rhythm. This will be significant, since rhythm is everything in music.
  3. Learn a few guitar songs. You are able to actually get started playing tracks early on. Needless to say, they will be straight forward tunes, but hey, all great guitarists had to start off somewhere too.
  4. Study something new regularly, as well as learn to use it in real tunes too.
  5. Learn guitar and music theory. This is very important later on, and it is required before you can actually start trying to play your very own solos and improvising.
  6. Practice as much as you are able to, this is truly the key to teaching yourself your guitar.
  7. If a guitar string just isn't ringing clean, or is even rattling, you may be either not holding it down hard enough, or one of your fingers is coming in contact with a string it’s not intended to be. Look at your fingers.
  8. Whilst fretting a given chord, make sure to not ever bend any other strings. This will affect the pitch of that string, which means that your chord will most likely sound wrong and the instrument will most likely seem in need of tuning.
  9. When teaching yourself a new chord, just pluck one string at once. Pay attention to the distinct tone of every string.
  10. The simplest way to teach yourself guitar chords is slowly and gradually at first. You must teach your hands precisely where to move, prior to speeding up.
  11. The only secret to getting great at playing the guitar is daily practice.
  12. You want to keep your axe in plain view where you are able to see it. Do not keep it out of sight, it might simply just stay in that location forever.
  13. Be inspired, through learning how to play well-known songs from the start. Learning to play fun music tends to make a big difference, and will help you practice more.
  14. Learn the essentials initially, and build on them.

As you start learning, you'll encounter difficulties. A lot of people quit right there, but you won't.

TIP: One way to to keep yourself motivated is to learn popular beginner guitar songs at an early period already. Playing easy songs is much more exciting than practicing basic exercises, since you are going to be playing songs you've known for years.

And rest assured, practice enough, and you will definitely be able to do it soon, guaranteed. This method of mastering the guitar will work, no question about it.

And a final bit of motivation, my favorite from BB King.

Homage

Homage

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Designer and maker for 20 years, and guitar player for 30 years, (he made his first guitar at 9 years old) Patrick Alexander runs Blackspot Guitars from his workshop in Bristol, UK, to produce guitars that have the look and quality lost in the mass produced product available today.

All instruments are unique, with even the choice of inlay material or components influencing every other design decision - keeping each guitar individual and specific to your requirements.

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