Resources for Beginning Guitarists

Are you trying to learn how to play the guitar but have had trouble getting started? If so, this post is for you, as we’re going to reveal a great method for getting started playing your first guitar song.

Watch this video for a quick overview, and then keep reading for access to exclusive resources and free lessons.

Step 1: Pick an Easy Song To Learn

Now that you have an overview of what the process is going to be, it’s time to choose an easy song to learn for your first attempt.

We want to point out that not everyone recommends starting with a song straight away, but we think it’s the best choice because it gets you excited about what it’s going to be possible for you to play as quickly as possible, and that will help motivate you to master some of the more technical aspects, like scale and chord fingerings.

For a classic folk tune, we recommend Wild World, by Cat Stevens. This tune only uses a couple of chords, and it’s sheer popularity makes it a great classic to pull out and show off the next time you’re hanging out with your friends. Click here for a Wild World guitar lesson from

If you want to stick to a more recent tune, Photograph by Ed Sheeran is a good choice. The chords are fairly straightforward, and it’s an easy one to sing and strum along with at the same time, making it great for a beginner. Click here for a Photograph guitar lesson.

Step 2: Identify The Main Chords

The second step to learning your new tune is to figure out the main chords of the song. Ideally, you want to pick a song that has no more than 4 or 5 chords for your first song. Limiting yourself to a small number of chords will help to make the song more approachable and ensure that you can successfully play it with just a little bit of practice.

Reference this chart to use as your base for how to finger the chords, and practice placing your fingers slowly and neatly on the corresponding frets to form the chord. Don’t worry about speed or even trying to sound like the song yet, just practice getting your fingers into the right place!

guitar fingerings

If your song includes chords that aren’t in this list, you can find a great guitar chord resource from

Step 3: Practice Makes Perfect

Once you’ve got the basic chords down, all that’s left is to practice, practice, practice!

Remember that learning an instrument is not an overnight event, but a process that you will be mastering over the next several months and years! Remember to be patient and take things as slowly as you need to in order to master one thing at a time.

Then you’ll be on your way playing your tunes in no time!


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