The Professional Guitarist Song Book


Hundreds of songs you probably should know!

The greatest asset you as a guitarist can acquire is a repertoire.

The deeper you study the songs on these pages, and the more you play them live, the better you’ll get. It really is that simple.

Becoming a great player and a professional guitarist really is a journey that goes hand in hand.

Just like jazz musicians play standards and effectively learn how to play that way, there are rock/pop/soul standards to play in gigs at weddings, in pubs, clubs, and events.

If you start with learning all these songs, there’s a good chance you won’t have to learn many more when a gig with a new band appears.

When you have enough bands with enough gigs to support yourself, you’re a professional guitarist.

As a professional, you’ll play these songs every night. As long as you do your best, aiming to constantly dig deeper into every song you play, you’ll improve and will eventually reach your full potential.

Most successful musicians and artists have been through this process before they write their own hits or got a gig backing up an artist.

I’ve included youtube video playlists for these songs, should you prefer, here they all are on Spotify as well.

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones

E7 | E7 | A7 | A7 | E7 | E7 | A7 | A7 |
I can’t get no, satisfaction. I can’t get no, satisfaction.
E7 | B7 | E7 | A7 |
‘Cause I try, and I try, and I try, and I try.

Go to (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction chords.

(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley/Jennifer Warnes

E | C#m7 | D | D |
Now I’ve had the time of my life, no I never felt like this before.
E | C#m7 | D | D |
Yes, I swear, it’s the truth and I owe it all to you.

Go to (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life chords.

(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

G | B7 | C | A |
Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun, I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comes.
G | B7 | C | A |
Watching the ships roll in. Then I watch ’em roll away again, yeah.

Go to (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay chords.

(They Long To Be) Close To You – Carpenters

| Csus2 | Bm | Bm7 | Em Esus2 E5 Em7 |
Why do birds suddenly appear, every time, you are near?
Cadd9 | Cadd9 | G | G |
Just like me, they long to be, close to you.

Go to (They Long To Be) Close To You chords.

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin

C | G/B | Bb | F F C/E Dm |
Looking out on the morning rain, I used to feel so uninspired.
C | G/B | Bb | F F C/E Dm |
And when I knew I had to face another day. Lord, it made me feel so tired.

Go to (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman chords.

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher – Jackie Wilson

| D | G/D | Em/D | D |
Your love, lifting me higher, than I’ve ever been lifted before.
| D | G/D | Em/D | D |
So keep it up, quench my desire and I’ll be at your side, forevermore.

Go to (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher chords.

1234 – Feist

D D/C# | Bm G |
One, two, three, four, tell me that you love me more.
D D/C# | Bm G |
Sleepless long nights, that is what my youth was for.

Go to 1234 chords.

9 To 5 – Dolly Parton

| F# |
Tumble outta bed and I stumble to the kitchen,
| B | F# | C# |
pour myself a cup of ambition and yawning, stretching, trying to come to life.

Go to 9 To 5 chords.

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

| Fm9 | Cm7 | Dbmaj7 | Gm7b5 C7#9 |
Tonight, I just want to take you higher.
| Fm9 | Cm7b6 | Dbmaj7 | Gm7b5 Gb7b5 |
Throw your hands up in the sky, let’s set this party off right. 

Go to 24K Magic chords.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

G | G | Am | Em |
I was born by the river, in a little tent, oh and just like that river I’ve been running ever since.
G | Am C B7 | Em | G |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come chords.

A Night In Tunisia – Charlie Parker/Dizzie Gillespie

||: Eb7 | Dm7 | Eb7 | Dm7 |
| Eb7 | Dm7 | Em7b5 A7 | Dm7 :||

Go to A Night In Tunisia chords.

ABC – The Jackson 5

Ab | Ab |
You went to school to learn girl, things you never, never knew before.
Ab | Ab |
(A-ha like “I” before “E” except after “C”) and why 2 plus 2 makes 4, now, now, now.

Go to ABC chords.

Africa – Toto

| 4/4 B D#m7 | G#m7 B/F# | A/E E/F# | 6/4 G#m7 A G#m7 C#m7 |
I hear the drums echoing tonight, but she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation.
| 4/4 B D#m7 | G#m7 B/F# | A/E E/F# | 6/4 G#m7 A G#m7 C#m7 |
She’s coming in, 12:30 flight, the moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation.

Go to Africa chords.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell

| Bm7/A | G#m7b5 | Gmaj7 | Em9 |
Ain’t no mountain high, ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough, baby.
| Bm7/A | G#m7b5 | Gmaj7 | Em9 |
If you need me, call me, no matter where you are, no matter how far, don’t worry, baby.

Go to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough chords.

Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead

| Bbm7 | Cm7 Fm7 | Bbm7 | Cm7 Fm7
Ain’t no stoppin’ us now, we’re on the move!
| Bbm7 | Cm7 Fm7 | Bbm7 | Cm7 Fm7
Ain’t no stoppin’ us now, we’ve got the groove!

Go to Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now chords.

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.

Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan

Ebm Db/Eb | Ebm Db/Eb |
Captured effortlessly, that’s the way it was.
Bmaj7 Db/Bb | Bmaj7 Db/Bb |
Happened so naturally, did not know it was love.

Go to Ain’t Nobody chords.

All In Love Is Fair – Stevie Wonder

| C#madd9 | C#madd9/B | A#m7add4 |
All is fair in love, love’s a crazy game.
| Amaj7 | G#m7b5 | C#7 | F#m7 | B9 |
Two people vow to stay, in love as one they say.

Go to All In Love Is Fair chords.

All My Life – Foo Fighters

G5 | G5 |
All my life, I’ve been searching for something,
G5 | G5 |
something never comes, never leads to nothing.

Go to All My Life chords.

All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie

| Absus2 Ab | Gbsus2 Gb | Bbm | Ab |
Well, my friends, the time has come, to raise the roof and have some fun.
| Absus2 Ab | Gbsus2 Gb | Bbm | Ab |
Throw away the work to be done, let the music play on.

Go to All Night Long chords.

All Of Me – Frank Sinatra

| Bbmaj7 | Bbmaj7 | D7 | D7 |
All of me, why not take all of me?
| G7 | G7 | Cm | Cm |
Can’t you see, I’m no good without you.

Go to All Of Me chords.

All The Small Things – Blink 182

C5 | G5 | F5 | G5 |
All the small things, true care, truth brings.
C5 | G5 | F5 | G5 |
I’ll take one lift, your ride, best trip.

Go to All The Small Things chords.

Alright Now – Free

| A5 D/A | A5 | D D/A | A5 |
There she stood in the street, smiling from her head to her feet.
| A5 D/A | A5 | D D/A | A5 |
I said hey, what is this? Now baby, maybe, maybe she’s in need of a kiss.

Go to Alright Now chords.

American Boy – Estelle/Kanye West

Emaj9 | Cmaj7 |
Just another one champion sound (yea), yeah, Estelle, we ’bout to get down (get down).
Am7 | Am7 Fmaj7/D |
Who the hottest in the world right now (ha), just touched down in London town (ha).

Go to American Boy chords.

American Idiot – Green Day

N.C | N.C G | Ab Db | Gb Db Ab Gb |
Don’t wanna be an American idiot.
N.C | N.C G | Ab Db | Gb Db Ab Gb |
Don’t want a nation under the new media.

Go to America Idiot chords.

American Pie – Don McLean

| G D/F# Em | Am C | Em D Dsus4 | 2/4 Dsus2 D |
A long long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.
G D/F# Em | Am C | Em C | D Dsus4 D Dsus2 |
And I knew if I had my chance, that I could make those people dance, and maybe they’d be happy for a while.

Go to American Pie chords.

Angel Eyes – Frank Sinatra (Matt Dennis)

Angels Eyes chords and guitar lessons

| Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am/E Am/Eb |
Try to think that love’s not around,
| Am Am/G Am/F# | Bm7 E7 |
but it’s uncomfortably near.

Go to Angel Eyes chords.

Angels – Robbie Williams

E Esus4 | E | A Amaj7 | B |
I sit and wait, does an angel, contemplate my fate?
E Esus4 | E | Aadd9 Amaj9 | B |
Do they know, the places where we go, when we’re grey and old?

Go to Angels chords.

Angie – The Rolling Stones

Am Amadd4 | E7 |
Angie, Angie,
Gsus4 Fsus4 F | Csus4 C G/B |
when will those clouds all disappear?

Go to Angie chords.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet

A5 N.C |
So one, two, three, take my hand and come with me,
N. C | A5 G D5 |
because you look so fine that I really wanna make you mine.

Go to Are You Gonna Be My Girl chords.

Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz

Bm11 | A | E D E | E G E |
But what I really want to know is… Are you gonna go my way?
Bm11 | A |
And I got to, got to know.

Go to Are You Gonna Go My Way chords.

Arthur’s Theme – Christopher Cross

Dm7 G | C Fmaj13 |
Once in your life you find her, someone that turns your heart around,
Bb E7 | Aadd4 Asus2 A |
and next thing you know you’re closing down the town.

Go to Arthur’s Theme chords.

At Last – Etta James

| F | Dm7 | Gm7 | C7 | F | Dm7 |
At last, my love has come along.
| Gm7 | C7#5 | F | Dm7 |
My lonely days are over.

Go to At Last chords.

Autumn Leaves – Jazz Standard

| Am7 | D7 | Gmaj7 | Cmaj7 |
The falling leaves drift by my window.
| F#m7b5 | B7 | Em | Em |
The autumn leaves, of red and gold.

Go to Autumn Leaves chords.