Ask Aureus • Guitar

December 2021

3 Easy Guitar Pieces for Beginners

Are you a beginner at playing the guitar and eager to put up a show to wow your friends and family with all the skills you have acquired? Here are 3 easy pieces that all guitar learners will be able to pick up within their first month of attending guitar lessons.

In order to learn any piece on the guitar effectively, you will first need to be able to read the notes that you have to play. For students who are hesitant about reading stave notes when first starting out guitar lessons, I would usually introduce an alternative music notation called the guitar tablature, or more commonly referred to as the “guitar tab”. This is a method of notating music that empowers beginner guitarists to learn songs more quickly and easily.

Guitar tablature shares some similarities with stave music notation. Like the indication of techniques to use, notes to play and how long to play them for. However, it offers a serious advantage as compared to standard music notation as it is incredibly easy to understand once you know what all the symbols and numbers mean. Once you have learnt the basics on  how to read guitar tablature, you can be on your way to trying out the following pieces!

Ode to Joy

This piece, written by Ludwig van Beethoven, is one part of his larger works, Symphony No. 9. This widely recognisable tune gives off a wonderful and lively mood. The rhythmic pattern is not too complicated for beginners to learn within their first month of guitar lessons. This piece requires the use of both the index and the ring finger on your left hand to press the notes, and all of the notes are played in the first position across the first two strings.

The Lazy Song

Everyone knows this tune by Bruno Mars. It uses three simple Major chords: G, C, and D. These are probably the easiest chords to learn on the guitar. Once you have them mastered, you are all set to learn to play this song. The chord progression goes like this:
G | D | C
Once you can switch from one chord to the next without any problem, you can start jamming away to this groovy pop song!

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

A classic by Guns N’ Roses. This song consists of four simple chords that are played in two alternating progressions:
G | D |Am 
G | D |C
Just like The Lazy Song, you will be able to play it with ease after learning the chord positions. Focus on working towards smooth transitions between each chord change. Ensure that the sound produced is clean and clear. Switch between chords in time when strumming the strings. It will be challenging, but with practice, you will get the hang of playing the guitar in no time!

Want to find out how you can play these pieces easily within a month? Let the fun and engaging guitar teachers at Aureus Academy help you through one-to-one guitar lessons that are specially tailored just for you! Book a free trial lesson now and be on your way to becoming the next rockstar!

Alex Sarabi