Dansm's Beginner's Guide to Chords

Easy Songs

Welcome to Dansm's Beginner's Guide to Chords Easy Song Page! My name is Dan Smith, I'm a senior at Cornell, and I've been playing guitar for 4 years. The main purpose of this page is to give beginners experience using, playing, and switching between open chords. These chords are the backbone of guitar, so experience playing them will certainly help you in the future. If you are a beginner, you may also want to check out my beginner's page, because it will give you some more playing instruction. Good luck, have fun, and keep playin!
The songs on these pages contain mostly open chords. If you see a chord that I haven't taught you, either try to play it or skip it. Most chord formations you will encounter can be found in my common chord list, and if it's not there, check the bottom of the song--it may be there. I hope this helps! Good luck, have fun, and keep playin'!

The tablature on this page is my own work and represents my interpretation of the song. The tablature on this site may be used only for private study, scholarship, or research. It may not be used in a commercial setting nor may it be reproduced or disseminated to others in any form, including printing this tablature or saving these files on your computer. These songs may not be performed for others without appropriate licensing from ASCAP/BMI.

in alphabetical order by artist

Run Around
Blues Traveler

Jimmy Buffett

Motherless Child
Eric Clapton

Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival

Who'll Stop the Rain
Creedence Clearwater Revival

Crosby, Stills, and Nash

Teach Your Children
Crosby, Stills, and Nash

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Deep Blue Something

Two Steps Behind
Def Leppard

Take it Easy

Uncle John's Band
Grateful Dead

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Green Day

Guns 'N' Roses

Let Her Cry
Hootie and the Blowfish

Land of Canaan
Indigo Girls

Shame on You
Indigo Girls

Matchbox 20

Nothing Else Matters

And It Stoned Me
Van Morrison

About a Girl

Jesus Don't Want Me For a Sunbeam

Pennyroyal Tea

Free Fallin'
Tom Petty

The Gambler
Kenny Rogers

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Simon & Garfunkel

Mrs. Robinson
Simon & Garfunkel

Throw It All Away
Toad the Wet Sprocket

I Wish I Felt Nothing
The Wallflowers

Sixth Avenue Heartache
The Wallflowers

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