Hey, everybody. How’s it going? This is Darrin Goodman from guitarcontrol.com bringing you this video lesson. Today I’ve got three more really easy beginner songs for you that you should be able to just about play right away. So be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look at what we got going on here.
All right, so the first song that we’re going to take a look at is Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan. This is a really, really simple song. It only has four chords in it, so the chords that we’re going to be using in this are G. So I’ve got my second finger on the third fret of the sixth string, my first finger on the second fret of the fifth string, and then fourth and third strings open. And then I’m on the third fret of the second string with my third finger and the third fret of the first string with my fourth finger.
Now you can also play this G with the second string just open. You may have learned G like this. Either way is fine, [inaudible 00:01:47] your pride is personally prefer this voicing of G. Then we’ve got D. So the fourth string open, second fret of the third string with my first finger, third fret of the second string with my third finger, and second fret of the first string with my second finger. That’s D. And then we have C. So first fret of the second string with my first finger, third string open, second fret of the fourth string with my second finger, and third fret of the fifth string with my third finger.
And then the last chord is A minor. So for A minor it’s everything is the same as C. We just move our third finger from the fifth string to the second fret of the third string. And that’s A minor.
All right, so this song is really simple and it’s very repetitive. The verse and the chorus is just the same thing. So we start off with that G and this is just a really simple strum that we’re going to do here. So we’ve got a down for beats one and two. So it’s like one, two and then we’d strummed down again for beat three and then on beat four it’s two eighth notes. So we’re going to go four and so we’ve got one, two, three, four, and. And I do an upstroke on the and a four.
So that’s the same strum for all of the cords. So the first measure is G. One, two, three, four, and. Then we switch to D. One, two, three, four, and. Now we switch to C and we do two measures of this. One, two, three, four, and, one, two, three, four, and. And then it starts over again. And the only difference this time through is that we switch A minor out for C. So again, we start on the G. One, two, three, four, and D two, three, four, and A minor.
And then the whole thing starts over again. C this time. Next time it’ll be A minor. Start over again. This time it’ll be C.
All right, next we’ve got Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton. This is a really, really easy song. It only has two chords. Two chords [inaudible 00:04:46] that we just did in the last song. We’ve got G and A minor, but now we’ve got the capo. We’re using a capo on the second fret. So this song is in three quarter time, so we’re only going to count to three in each measure. So on… We do G and so first we have a half note, so it’s like one, two, three, and. So we do it downstroke. One, two, three, and. And then an upstroke on the and of three. And we have four measures of that. So it’s like.
Then we switch to A minor and do basically the same thing. One, two, three, and, one, two, three, and, one, two, three. And then back to G.
So as you can see, this is a really, really simple song. So even if you just started playing guitar yesterday, with a little bit of practice, you could have this song under your belt.
All right. And finally we’re going to look at a Stand By Me, by Ben E King. Another really, really simple song. This one only uses four chords, G, C and D that we already did. And then one other chord, E minor. And again, we’re going to have the capo on the second fret. So for E minor, the sixth string is open. I’m on the second fret of the fifth string with my second finger, the second fret of the fourth string with my third finger and the rest of the strings open. So when I’m saying the second fret too by the way, it’s in reference to the capo.
So I mean technically this is the fourth fret, but since the capo’s on the second fret, the third fret is now the first. Fourth is now the second. All right, so for the streaming for a this Stand By Me, we’re going to start off with that G and this is a quarter note. So it’s one and then on the downbeat of two we’re just going to slap the strings like this to kind of get that percussive sound. So it’s like one, two and then on the and a two, we strum G again. And three, four. And we just do that same strum for each chord. Each measure is that same thing.
So we’ve got two measures of G. Two measures of E minor. One measure of C. One measure of D. Back to G for two measures.
All right, so that’s basically the whole progression. It does the same thing for the verse and the chorus just it’s very repetitive. So it’s a great song for a beginner. So the progression begins with two measures of G and it ends of a two measures of G. So you end up playing four in a row right there. So if you’re just playing the song just by yourself, if you’re a beginner, you might have trouble kind of knowing where you are in it, but it’s easy one to try to play along with or try to sing while you’re doing this.
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All right, so I hope you enjoyed that lesson and you got something out of it. If you liked the lesson, give me a thumbs up, leave me a comment down below if there’s something you would like to see either myself or one of the other instructors at Guitar Control do in a future lesson. And if you are a beginner, like I said, these are really easy songs that you should be able to play really, really soon. The last song might be, you know, take a little bit more. I mean, if you literally started playing guitar yesterday, that third song might take you a minute, but they’re simple. They’re easy ones to… Fairly easy to play and very popular songs. So, until next time.