Welcome to Easy Guitar Songs.net
This site features some easy guitar songs in the form of color coded sheet music, links to more easy guitar sheet music and basic music theory that will help get you started playing guitar right away. The first song, "Blues in G" is a "note song" and is an introduction not only to the Blues, but how to read music and learn melody lines. The next song, "Time is on My Side" is a "chord song" and introduces rhythm, beats per measure and time signatures. Learning to play notes will help you build finger strength, dexterity and develop familiarity with the fretboard. Learning to play chords will help you learn, and "feel", a songs rhythm and tempo. The last graphic is the color coded A major and F# minor music scales.
Be sure to practice at least some every day. In the beginning you may only be able to practice for a few minutes, but it will get easier after you build up calluses on your finger tips. Twenty minutes, twice a day is a good goal when getting started. By practicing every day, your fingers will toughen up, and it won't be long until they stop hurting. You will also begin to develop "finger memory", by teaching your fingers where to go by repetition.
See our newest color coded sheet music of "C. C. Rider" and "Oh Suzanna" for guitar.
Some basics to get you started:
First, you will want to tune your guitar. A properly tuned guitar will make your playing sound better and it will also help you become familiar with which string and fret combination correspond with the appropriate notes. Your guitar strings should be tuned to the following notes (low, thichest string, to high, thinnest string, pitch) E, A, D, G, B, E . Follow this link to a free online guitar tuner.
Second, always hold your guitar properly. The idea is for you to be comfortable while having easy access to the fretboard and strings. Holding your guitar properly and maintaining good posture will make playing the guitar easier and establish good habits that will last you a lifetime. Additionally, knowing some music theory can be very useful. Take the time to familiarize yourself with basic music terminology and the symbols that appear on a piece of sheet music.
Third, have fun. Learning to play guitar, even just strumming a few chords, can be a very satisfying pastime. Be sure to progress at a pace that will let you memorize and retain what you are learning. Try to end your practice session on a positive note. Keep in mind that at first any new skill takes some time to master. Be patient and diligent, the rewards will be worth the effort.
It has been said that any song can be played with three chords. Thousands of Rock and Roll and Country songs can be played with three or four chords. The folks at Easy Guitar Songs are confident that almost anyone can learn three or four chords. If you can learn C major, D major and G major you can play hundreds, if not thousands, of songs. Throw in an A minor and you can play the Blues. All it takes is practice, practice, practice.
" Blues In G "
The color coded sheet music song below uses the following pattern; all references to a B note are blue, C notes are yellow, D notes are orange, E notes are magenta and G notes are green. Start by placing your third finger on the B on the 7th fret of the 6th (thickest) string.
We have found a very useful guitar learning aid that is one piece and wraps around the guitar neck, sticks to itself not your instrument, goes under the strings and shows where the notes are for the first twelve frets. The "note map" has color coded notes that work great with the color coded music they provide on the web site. There are all sorts of great guitar playing tips there too.
"Time Is On My Side"
A guitar chord song for the ages.
This guitar chord song is color coded sheet music using the pattern; C chords are yellow, F chords are grey, G chords are green, A chords are red and the D chord is orange. Please note that this popular Rock and Roll song, originally written by Norman Meade (Jerry Ragovoy) and made famous by the Rolling Stones, can be played using five simple guitar chords.
The schematic for the chords in the song below works like this; 1 indicates the index finger, 2 indicates the middle finger, 3 indicates the ring finger and 4 is the big toe, just kidding, it's the little finger of course.
So the C chord would go like this; your 1 finger would go on the 2nd string first fret (C note), your 2 finger goes on the 4th string second fret ( E note) and your 3 finger goes on the 5th string 3rd fret (C note). That's a C major chord. Give it a strum.
Note that the song is written in 3/4 time. That means that there are three beats to a measure and each beat equals one quarter note. For now concentrate on strumming three beats to a measure. The measures are divided by the straight skinny lines ( | ) between the strum indicators ( / ). Try tapping your foot one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three. Keep the foot tapping going and now strum along with the tapping, one down stroke per tap.
Time Is On My Side starts with a C chord for four measures then changes to an F chord for two measures, then G for two measures, repeat. After the repeat of the beginning, play the rest of the song. After you've got the feel for the song, try using up and down strokes, then try playing along with the Stones version. Remember, have fun.
The same folks that make the note map for guitar make a guitar chord map that works pretty much the same as the Note Map.
"A major and F# minor"
Color coded sheet music for guitar scales.
The note map mentioned above makes learning scales easy and fun. We show you the major and minor guitar scale patterns on our Guitar Scales page.
See more free color coded sheet music for guitar scales.
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