Beginner Acoustic Guitar Songs

You can learn guitar by studying these beginner songs in-depth!

Some of these songs are unique arrangements, and some are exact, note for note replicas.

In order to work on just one acoustic guitar, most of them are somewhere in between, like Wonderwall by Oasis, for example.

You’ll learn how to play all these songs using step by step guitar lessons, complete with video lessons, full TAB, and loops to practice with.

We discuss important chord progressions, key signatures, and specific techniques like Hammer-On and Pull-Off.

Most importantly, we develop each song by creating 2nd guitar parts. This will enable you to actually play with me and the singer.

Do this and you will more deeply understand each song as you must now change the key, apply a capo, and create new guitar parts.

Not only will learning the songs like this help you with switching from one open position chord to another and improve your rhythm playing, this process also holds the key to unlocking how music actually works.

To understand how music works theoretically, you can’t just read a music theory book, and practice chords, arpeggios, and scales, you must also have context.

What this collection of songs will do is teach you how to arrange a song to play on your own, as well as how to create a supporting part. As you learn to play them, we also discuss the music theory of each song.

By studying the movement of a chord progression you can start your journey of understanding music. Understanding music is essential if you want to learn guitar.

Below, you find a link to every acoustic beginner song. There are full performances of every song, including that 2nd guitar, all the chords, and lyrics.

Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

Am7 Em G5 | Am7 | Am7 Em G5 |
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone, it’s not warm when she’s away.
Am7 | Em7 | Dm7 | Am7 Em G5 | Am7 |
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone, she always gone too long anytime she goes away.

Go to Ain’t No Sunshine chords.

Drugs Don’t Work – The Verve

C Csus2 | C G/B | Am Asus2 | Am Asus2 |
All this talk of getting old, it’s getting me down my love.
Em | F/C G | C Csus2 | C Csus2 |
Like a cat in a bag, waiting to drown, this time I’m comin’ down.

Go to The Drugs Don’t Work chords.

Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Green Day

G5 | Cadd9 D5 |
Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road.
G5 | Cadd9 D5 |
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go.

Go to Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) chords.

One More Cup Of Coffee – Bob Dylan

Am | G |
Your breath is sweet, your eyes are like two jewels in the sky.
F/C | E |
Your back is straight your hair is smooth on the pillow where you lie.

Go to One More Cup Of Coffee chords.

Redemption Song – Bob Marley

G | Em | C G/B | Am |
Old pirates yes they rob I, sold I to the merchant ships.
G | Em | C G/B | Am |
Minutes after they took I, from the bottomless pit.

Go to Redemption Song chords.

Rewind – Paolo Nutini

Csus2 C Csus2 | Csus2 C Csus2 | Fsus2 F Fsus2 | Fsus2 F Fsus2 |
Picking up the pieces, of the wreck you went and left.
Csus2 C Csus2 | Csus2 C Csus2 | Fsus2 F Fsus2 | Fsus2 F Fsus2 |
And I’m dealing with dilemmas, in my now so stressful life.

Go to Rewind chords.

Robin Hood – Ocean Colour Scene

G5 D/F# | Em D5/A |
When you’re starting to choke take some pills with your coke,
C | Dsus4 D |
it’s inspirational.

Go to Robin Hood chords.

Talking About A Revolution – Tracy Chapman

G Cadd9 | Em D Dus4 D |
Don’t you know, they’re talkin’ about a revolution,
G Cadd9 | Em D Dus4 D |
it sounds, like a whisper.

Go to Talking About A Revolution chords.

Wonderwall – Oasis

Em7 G5 | Dsus4 A7sus4 |
Today is gonna be the day that they’re gonna throw it back to you.
Em7 G5 | Dsus4 A7sus4 |
By now you should’ve somehow realised what you gotta do.

Go to Wonderwall chords.