So I’ve really nothing against Brown Eyed Girl, House Of The Rising Sun and the like, but there are really so many more options when it comes to beginner-friendly songs. This video is a random selection of some my favourites and I’ll be adding more to a list below. I’ve done detailed lessons on some of the songs I talk about, and might try to get around to some of the rest in the future.
Alternative Beginner Song List
1. Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed. Just uses D G and E minor. (Guitars on the recording are tuned down a tone.)
2. I Like Birds by Eels. D C G. Capo 2nd fret.
3. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart by Wilco. Am Em D7. Capo 2nd fret.
4. The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory by Guided by Voices. Tune down roughly a tone to match recording.
5. Sin City by The Flying Burrito Brothers. D A G D7. Capo 2nd fret.
6. Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth by The Dandy Warhols. A E C D.
7. Just Like Honey by The Jesus And Mary Chain. Tune down a semi-tone to match record.
8. Rumble by Link Wray. Detailed lesson video here.
9. Human Fly by The Cramps. Detailed lesson video here.
10. I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges.
Here are some more possibilities:
(Going to add a list of more songs her soon, including suggestions from the YouTube comments.)