Let’s admit it – we all have been jealous, at least once in our lives, of the guitar playing of some of the greatest guitarists of all time. We have seen them perform in front of enormous crowds, showing off their exceptional guitar skills and wondered how they do it. Well, my research shows that they are many well-known guitar riffs that are actually pretty easy, and, everyone with basic guitar knowledge can manage to play them successfully. So, this is my list of electric guitar songs for beginners.
1) Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
One of the most unique bass lines of all time and one of my personal favorites. To many people, Jack White (the band’s member who wrote the riff at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, while the band was on tour in 2002) is one of the most legendary musicians of all time. And the riff is pretty simple, all you need to do is slide your index finger up and down your guitar’s neck and you will get an amazing result, in the end.
2) Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
This may shock you because Smoke On The Water is one of the classics, however the riff at the beginning is pretty easy. In my research I found that it can be played using only your index finger. If you can pull it off easily though, it would be better to add some chords in, so that it sounds better. This should be your choice, but do not push yourself too much, especially if you are a beginner. Playing something that is hard may be impressing, but sounding good is a whole other level of confidence boosting!
3) Come As You Are – Nirvana
I actually learned about Nirvana from a friend how is not into this kind of music – and I was really surprised! Nirvana’s popularity is unusual, since they haven’t been around for much long, and that is quite a feat for the band. Their music is really good for people who want to get familiar with punk rock and maybe heavy metal, as well as for people who start playing the guitar. The riff at the beginning of this song is simple and catchy, so I really recommend it if you want a great acoustic result with a bit of effort.
4) I Can’t Get No Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
In some people’s words, no-one can do it like ‘The Stones’! To be honest, the Rolling Stones gave me a whole new perspective regarding my musical experience and I am thankful for that. Their singer, Mick Jagger has been a role for me, and many other people as well. The riff of this song is really catchy and repetitive as well, this means you don’t have to change the pattern or the strumming during the song, and that can be a life savior for beginners at electric guitar playing.
5) You Really Got Me – The Kinks
This song is one of my personal favorites. The vibe is unparalleled and I just love the riff! The band is considered to be one of the classics – and their discography proves that point. This is a riff I would recommend to a beginner guitar player because it shows ‘expertise’ in electric guitar playing, but it actually is pretty simple to play. If you get a little better, you might want to try playing the solo in the middle of this song, which is impressive too.
6) Iron Man – Black Sabbath
This is another well – known song by a legendary band. For some time, I was really passionate about their music, and their genre was really unique when they first came out. Now, this song might be of intermediate level at guitar playing, I mean, in order to pull it off, you might require some more effort than the above songs. But the result shall be rewarding and the riff is so well – known (at least among classic metal lovers and listeners), almost everyone has heard of it at least once in their lifetime.
7) In My Place – Coldplay
Now, this is not something one would have expected in this list, mainly because Coldplay are for sure not a classic rock, punk rock or metal band. However, with an electric guitar one can play a great variety of songs and pull off many different kinds of genres. The song is quite easy and catchy, it really is appropriate for beginners. It may not be fast or too well – known, as the songs above it, however it can really prove helpful to learn some basic electric guitar skills.
8) Psycho – Muse
And this is a challenge. This song is really unique, the riff is fast and it will surely get your hands on another level, concerning the guitar skills. The song is really known among the public, but even if someone does not know it, the riff will definitely leave them speechless. You need to have some electric guitar skills before you start practicing this though, but if you manage to play this without mistakes the result will be amazing, I can assure you of that!
9) Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
This a song almost everyone who is an electric guitar beginner starts with. If you like classic rock, you have probably heard of this at least once. So, good news: the riff is easy too! There are a few chords in, but, fortunately, the riff does not change during the song, so it is pretty easy to master. You might want to learn the guitar solo, if you get to a higher level, until then the riff is one of the best choices to begin.
10) Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People
You might be wondering why this song is on this list. Well, the riff at the beginning is pretty easy and very well – known nowadays. It is not yet one of the classics, but I believe it deserves to be. The music is unique and, I am sure your electric guitar skills can get better while practicing this song.
I usually recommend easy songs of most genres so that you can find what is most suitable for you. I do recommend that you start practicing with easy electric guitar songs (like these above) so that you can get your fingers moving. I can assure you, from personal experience, that the more you practice, the better you will get. All these guitarists you see every day have been in your place, and all that got them so skillful was hard work and time. You can do it, I believe in you! If you agree, disagree or simply want to add something on what I wrote above, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will surely get back to you first chance that I get.
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