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Does anyone use know any quick songs I can learn?

Asked by speakerhead (253points) August 27th, 2008

I need to teach some of the underclassmen in my Guitar class and I need to teach them an easy song, doesn’t matter what song, but it has to use a variation of, G, E, A , and C.

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loser's avatar

The theme from Jaws is pretty easy!

sndfreQ's avatar

Do they know D or D7? That as the second chord I learned to strum in my intro guitar class. I they do there are a ton of tunes I can recommend.

How old are said students and how hip are they to the “classics?”. If they’re not that savvy I might be inclined to go more traditional ditty than rock or folk stuff.

Judi's avatar

I think the first song I learned was “Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD94An5Khs
Shows how old I am!

generalspecific's avatar

Seal, Kiss From A Rose
i love that one :)
and The Vines, Ain’t No Room
Pink Floyd, Green is the Colour
The Shins, Gone For Good
and i’ll look for some more..

sndfreQ's avatar

Pretty much any classic rock song with a I-IV-V chord progression can be modulated to G-C-D or A-D-E; if your group doesn’t know an open D chord, then an easy song would be a I-IV pattern, like The Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction.

speakerhead's avatar

@sndfreQ – It’s D major. They are basically learning all the majors right now. They just learned D today.

sndfreQ's avatar

The easiest is Louie Louie with the very predictable G-C-D-C.

Another easy one is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; basically (off the top of my head) it goes like this (each chord can be strummed as four quarter notes in one measure):

D D D A A7 A7 A7 D
D D D A A7 A7 A7 D-D7

G D A D E A E A7 (<—bridge)

D D D A A7 A7 A7 D

Also a camp favorite: On Top of Old Smokey…G D A D / G D A D

aidje's avatar

Jerky Love Song by Grammatrain is a pretty quick song. It only lasts about 44 seconds.

chutterhanban's avatar

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

YOU CAN’T LOSE WITH IT! I PROMISE!

Yeah, I know I’ll be getting plenty of “Great Answer“s for this one!

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