If you're just starting to play the guitar then we have a selection
of songs on this page to help you. These songs have been specially
selected because of their relatively simple chords and strumming patterns.
Naturally if you are struggling to hold down a chord and your fingers
are hurting then no song seems simple, but some songs are a lot easier
to play than others.
These songs are not meant to be a tutorial but are to give you something
inspiring to play with the chords you have already learned. If
you are looking for tuition Web sites then try following some of the
links from Harmony
The Gospel Music Archive is aimed primarily at people who have
already mastered the basics, however with a chord book (or equivalent
program) you could look up the chords. Campfire
Guitar is a great program that you can use to help you with files
from this site, it can print out the song complete with chord pictures.
If any of the songs contain seventh chords, and you are not familiar
with the fingering pattern then you can just play the major chord. For
example a when a song has G7 you could play G instead until your playing
Don't be put off by slash chords, i.e. G/F or C/E, keep things simple
and play the first chord before the slash. So a chord like G/C would
become plain old G, not as snazzy but it'll sound fine.
Nothing beats finding a real live teacher (anyone who plays and is
helpful) for learning to play well and with confidence. So after you've
downloaded a few songs, go and persuade someone to teach you how to
play them. When I first started to play the guitar and sing I was more
famous for emptying the room than getting people to listen, so don't
get discouraged if you have the same effect on people. We all have to