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Time to play some songs

If you have not already done so, be sure and download my "Guitar To Playing Guitar Songs" ebook. there is a ton of info in it on how to get started playing songs.

Learning chords and strumming technique is essential. But you know why you wanted to learn to play guitar. You wanted to play some songs. Here is an area where a private teacher is a great help. They will have suggestions for songs that are on your level, and will be of interest to you. But if you are on your own there are a whole host of ways that you can start to learn some songs.

One is to buy some sheet music from artists that you like. There are a lot of book out there. You can go to your local music store, or shop online. The best place to look for music online is Sheet Music Plus. If they don't have it, it does not exist. You might find some books that are specifically geared toward beginners.

Go to your local library. You may find that your local library has music available for you to check out.

Find music online. There is a lot of music available online. The legality of it is in question, so you will sometimes find your favorite website for online music gets shut down because of copyright violation. But it is still a source to look into. Music found online is most of the time in the form of text tablature, or lyrics with the basic chords indicted. Some is accurate, and some is very wrong. This online music is submitted by the users of the websites that host the music. That means even someone who has played guitar for a day could submit music. So use caution, and do not trust a lot of what you see as accurate. Try and find multiple versions of a song and compare them. If they look close to each other, then give it a try.

Here is a lesson on how to read the music that you find on the Internet

Another form of free music to check out are Power Tabs. The Power Tab Editor is a free Widows program that you need to download and install on your computer. (Sorry Mac users, there is not a Mac version) After you have the program installed you can download different songs that you can view and play in the editor. These are much more accurate than the normal text tabs you find, but there are less of them out there. So if you are looking for a more obscure song, you may only be able to find it in text tab form.

For both text tabs, and power tabs the best source is a site called

Here is a list of some songs you might try. Sometimes as a beginner you may not be able to play the whole song, but may be able to learn the main riff of a song. These are mostly rock songs and of course don't even touch the surface. But they are one that I have taught my beginning private students over the years.

3 Doors Down - Be Like That
3 Doors Down - Kryptonite
AC/DC - Back in Black
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
AC/DC- Hell's Bells
Aerosmith - Train Kept A Rollin'
Aerosmith - Dream On
Aerosmith - Walk This Way
Alice In Chains - Angry Chair
Alice In Chains - Brother
America - Horse With No Name
America - Lonely People
Animals - House of the Rising Sun
Animals - We Gotta Get Out of This Place
Beatles - Come Together
Beatles - Day Tripper
Beatles - Hey Jude
Beatles - Let it Be
Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Beatles - Yellow Submarine
Better Than Ezra - Good
Black Sabbath - Iron Man
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Blind Melon - No Rain
Blink 182 - Adam Song
Blink 182 - All The Small Things
Blink 182 - Dammit
Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper
Blue Oyster Cult - Godzilla
Boston - More Than A Feeling
Bowie, David - Space Oddity
Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
Buffett, Jimmy - Changes in Latitudes/Attitudes
Buffett, Jimmy - Margarittaville
Bush - Glycerin
Bush - Swallowed
Candlebox - Cover Me
Candlebox - Far Behind
Cheap Trick - Surrender
Clapton, Eric - Cocaine
Clapton, Eric - Wonderful Tonight
Clapton, Eric (Cream) - Sunshine of your Love
Clapton, Eric (Cream) - White Room
Clash - Should I Stay, Or Should I go
Collective Soul - December
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
Cranberries - Zombie
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Hey Tonight
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop the Rain
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Almost Cut My Hair
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Helpless
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Southern Cross
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Teach Your Children
Dave Mathews Band - Ants Marching
Deep Purple - Smoke on the water
Deftones - My Own Summer(Shove it)
Doors - Love Here Madly
Dylan, Bob - Blowin' In the Wind
Dylan, Bob - Like a Rolling Stone
Dylan, Bob - The Times They Are A-Changin'
Eagles - Already Gone
Eagles - Lyin Eyes
Eagles - New Kid In Town
Eagles - Peaceful Easy Feeling
Eagles - Take it Easy
Eagles - Tequila Sunrise
Everclear - Father of Mine
Everclear - Santa Monica
Everlast - Ends
Foo Fighters - Big Me
Green Day - Basket Case
Green Day - Brainstew
Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Green Day - Hitching a Ride
Green Day - Time of Your Life
Green Day - When I Come Around
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child of Mine
Guns N' Roses - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Guthrie, Arlo - City of New Orleans
Hendrix, Jimi - All Along the Watch Tower
Hendrix, Jimi - Hey Joe
Hendrix, Jimi - Manic Depression
Hendrix, Jimi - Wild Thing
Iron Butterfly - IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Jewel - Who will Save your Soul
Jewel - You Were Meant for Me
Joplin, Janis - Me and Bobby McGee
Journey - Any Way You Want It
Judas Priest - Breakin The Law
Judas Priest - Living After Midnight
King, Ben E. - Stand By Me
Kingmen - Louie Louie
Kinks - Lola
Kinks - You Really Got Me
Kroeger, Chad - Hero
Led Zeppelin - Black Dog
Led Zeppelin - Gallows Pole
Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker
Led Zeppelin - Hey Hey What Can I Do
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Lightfoot, Gordon - Edmund Fitzgerald
Live - Dolphins Cry
Live - Lightning Crashes
Live - Run to the Water
Live - Selling the Drama
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Matchbox 20 - 3am
Matchbox 20 - Push
Matchbox 20 - Real World
McLean, Don - American Pie
Megadeth - Symphony of Destruction
Metallica - Bleeding Me
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Metallica Fade to Black
Metallica - King Nothing
Metallica - One
Miller, Steve - Jet Airliner
Miller, Steve - Space Cowboy
Monkees - Last Train to Clarksville
Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin
Nirvana - About a Girl
Nirvana - All Apologies
Nirvana - Come as you are
Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
Nirvana Man - Who Sold The World
Nirvana - On A Plain
Nirvana - Penny Royal Tea
Nirvana - Polly
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Oasis - Champaign Supernova
Offspring - Pretty Fly For a White Guy
Orbinson, Roy Pretty Woman
Osbourne, Ozzy - Crazy Train
Pearl Jam - Black
Pearl Jam - Elderly Woman Behind the Counter
Pearl Jam - Immortality
Pearl Jam - Last Kiss
Petty, Tom - Breakdown
Petty, Tom - Free Falling
Petty, Tom - Into the Great Wide Open
Petty, Tom - Learning to Fly
Petty, Tom - Mary Janes Last Dance
Petty, Tom - Runnin Down A Dream
Petty, Tom - Swingin
Petty, Tom - You Don't Know How It Feels
Pink Floyd - Welcome to the Machine
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Presley, Elvis - Don't Be Cruel
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
Rage Against The Machine - Guerilla Radio
Rage Against The Machine - Killing in the Name Of
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
Redding, Otis - Sittin On The Dock of the Bay
REM - End of the World
REM - Everybody hurts
REM - Fall On Me
REM - Losing My Religion
REM Stand
REM - Strange Currencies
REM - What's the frequency Kenneth
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
Rolling Stones - Jumping Jack Flash
Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
Rolling Stones - Time Is On My Side
Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want
Rush - Tom Sawyer
Rush - Working Man
Santana - Put Your Lights On
Santana - Smooth
Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane
Seger, Bob - Against the Wind
Seger, Bob - Hollywood Nights
Seger, Bob - Night Moves
Seger, Bob - Old Time Rock n Roll
Seger, Bob - Still the Same
Seger, Bob - Turn the Page
Semisonic - Closing Time
Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet with butterfly wings
Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
Smashing Pumpkins - Today
Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight
Smashmouth - All Star
Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
Soundgarden - My Wave
Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
Steve Miller Band - The Joker
Stewart, Rod - Maggie May
Stone Temple Pilots - Creep
Sublime - What I Got
Sugar Ray - Every Morning
Surfaris - Wipe out
Ten Years After - I'd Love To Change the World
Third Eye Blind - How's it Gonna Be
Thorogood, George - Bad To The Bone
Troggs - Wild Thing
U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
Who - Baba O'Riley
Yardbirds - For Your Love
Young, Neil - Heart of Gold
Young, Neil - Helpless
Young, Neil - Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Young, Neil - Sugar Mountain
Zevon, Warren - Werewolves of London


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