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Bob Egan's MOST EXCELLENT LIST OF 3-CHORD and 4-CHORD SONGS


This website contains lists of over 250 3-CHORD and 4-CHORD SONGS for Piano and Guitar for Musicians & Songwriters. . .along with many other lists of interest to beginning musicians


The site is an extension of Bob Egan's* PLAY BAR CHORDS IN 30 MINUTES found here.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

- How to Search for Chords and Lyrics
- Easy Chords to Play on PIANO
- Easy Chords to play on Guitar
- Quick Transpose Guide
- Some CFG songs for Piano
- Classic 3-Chord songs
- Key of A
- Key of C
- Key of D
- Key of E
- Key of G
- Classic 4-Chord songs
- Key of A
- Key of C
- Key of D
- Key of E
- Key of G
- 3-Chord Repeat Progression songs
- 4-Chord Repeat Progression songs
- Neck Progression Songs
- Classic 2-Chord Songs
- Classic 5 Chord Songs
- Classic 5+ Chord Songs
- 2-Chord Tradition, Folk, and Cowboy Songs
- 2 Chord Traditional Children's Songs
- 10 Classic GARAGE BAND FUNDAMENTALS
1) The BO Diddley Beat
2) The Chuck Berry Riff
3) Easy Begging Bass RIffs
4) Easy Bginning Lead Riffs
5) The 12 Bar Blues Formula
6) Songs with Easy Neck Progressions
7)
8) Good Songs for Boxes
9) Special Songs for Piano
10) The Blues Scales to Play Solos
11) The 10 Progressions in Most Popular Songs
- 3 and 4 chord songs by Decade
- The 50's
- The 60's
- The 70's
- The 80's
- the 90's
- 2000 and beyond
- Chord Background



How to SEACH for CHORDS and LYRICS using GOOGLE.

For all the songs below: TO GET THE LYRICS AND THE CHORDS ON THE WEB, put the following into the search box: NAME OF SONG and the word "chords." For example:

                Let It Be chords

The chords for PIANO are the same as for GUITAR.




FOR PIANO

For a beginning piano player, the easiest chords to begin with are songs containing these chords, which are played with three fingers, in a line, on white keys:
- C, F, G
- Dm, Em, Am

EXAMPLES
C, F, G
C, G, Am, F


FOR GUITAR

a) For a beginning guitarist it's easiest to play songs with the following OPEN CHORDS:
- C, A, G, E, D
- Am, Dm, Em
- A7, D7, E7
- G7, C7
- B7

EXAMPLES
A, D, E
D, A, E

D, C, G
G, C, D
G, G, Am, D

b) For a guitarist who knows bar chords, you can play any of the songs, although the easiest would be the:

A, B, C, D, E, F, and G - all without minors or sevenths.

EXAMPLES
E, A, B
A, D, E
G, C, D
F, Bb, C




QUICK TRANSPOSE GUIDE

On all guitar chord websites, there will be a box marked "TRANSPOSE." By CLICKING ARROWS, as you transpose either "up" or "down," all the chords in the song change. So, for example, you can make an A, D, E song become a C, D, F song, which is easier to play on the piano.


For Piano: Quick Transposes

For Piano: If you see a song that uses the chords A, D, E - you can transpose it to C, F , and G
For Piano: If you see a song that uses the chords C, D, G - you can transpose it to C, F , and G
For Piano: If you see a song that uses the chords D, G, A - you can transpose it to C, F , and G
For Piano: If you see a song that uses the chords G, C, D - you can transpose it to C, F , and G

For Guitar: Quick Transposes

For Guitar: If you see a song that uses the chords C, F, G - you can transpose it to D, G, A.
For Guitar: If you see a song that uses the chords C, F, G - you can transpose it to G, C, D.
For Guitar: If you see a song that uses the chords C, F, G - you can transpose it to A, D, E.


Once you've learned to pay C , F, and G on a piano: try to play these familiar songs below: (You can also transpose them to the other chords listed.)


CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Louie, Louie (The Kingsmen)
CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Wild Thing (The Troggs)
CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Hang on Sloopy (The McCoys)
CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Summertime Blues (Johnny Cochran, The Who)
CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Twist and Shout (Isley Brothers, Beatles)
CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Get off My Cloud (The Rolling Stones)
CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Farmer John (Neil Young)
CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Blowin' in the Wind (Bob Dylan)
CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Hound Dog (Elvis)
CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Willie and the Hand Jive (Johnny Otis)
CFG DGA GCD ADE 145 Mr. Jones, (Counting Crows)

THE SAME CHORDS, PLAYED IN INVERSE ORDER...

D, A, G - Do Ya? (Never Seen Nothing Like You) (ELO)
D, A, G - Baba O'Reilly (aka Teenage Wasteland) (The Who) (also F/C/Bb)
B, A, E - Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones)



CLASSIC 3-CHORD SONGS:

(note: If 90% of the song is 3 chords but there's occasional other chord, I added that chord in parentheses. Also, if it's a 7th chord, you can usually play that as a non-7th chord and he song will sound the same.


Key of A   (3-chord songs)


A ,D, E - Workin' Man Blues(Bob Dylan)
A ,D, E - Call Me The Breeze (Lynyrd Skynrd)
A, D, E - Spirit of the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
A, D, E - Rock and Roll All Night (Kiss)
A, D, E - You Are My Sunshine (Johnny Cash)
A, D, E - La Bamba (Richie Valens) (also C, F, G)
A, D, E - Crossroads (Cream)
A, D, E - Route 66 (Bobby Troup)
A, D, E - Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins/Elvis Presley))
A, D, E - Do Ya Wanna Dance (Ramones)
A, D, E - The Tide is High (Blondie)
A, D, E - Stir It Up (Bob Marley)
A, D, E - Lay Down Sally (Eric Clapton)
A, D, E - Little Queenie (Chuck Berry)
A, D, E - Cherry Cherry (Neil Diamond)
A, D, E - Mony, Mony (Tommy James)
A, D, E - Free Falling (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
A, D, E - Lay Down Sally (Eric Clapton)
A, D, E (B) - Blitzkreig Rock (The Ramones)
A, D, E (B7)- Rockin Robin (Boby Day
A, D, E - Wild Thing (The Troggs)
A, D, E - Birthday (The Beatles)
A ,D, E - You Are My Sunshine (Traditional)
A, D, E - Revival (The Allman Brothers Band)
A, D, E - Keep Your Hands to Yourself (Georgia Satellites)
A ,D, E - Little Wonders (Rob Thomas)
A, D, Em - Louie Louie (The Kingsmen)
A, D, E7 - The Hanky Panky (Tommy James/Shondells)
A, D, E7 - Dizzy Miss Lizzy (The Beatles)
A, D, E7 - Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison)
A, D, E7 - Key to the Highway (Derek and the Dominos)
A, D, E7 - Twenty Flight Rock (Eddie Cochran)
A, D, C - Slow Ride (Foghat)
A, D, G - All Right Now (Free)
A, D, G - Surfin' USA (Beach Boys)
A, D, G - Twist and Shout (The Beatles) (also D, G, A or G, D, C)
A, D, G (E) - American Idiot (Green Day)
A, D7, E7 - Leopard Skin-Peel Box Hat (Bob Dylan)
A, B, E - Blinded by the Light (Bruce Springsteen/Manfred Mann)
A, Bm, E7 - O Solo Mio (Traditional)
A, C, G, D - Fly Away (Lenny Kravitz)
A, E, D - Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
A, E, D (D7) - Key to the Highway (Derek and the Dominoes)
A, E, D - F#, E, D - Let My Love Open the Door (The Who)
A, E, G - Bang a Gong (T-Rex)
A, E, D, (Fm7) - Ob La Di, Ob LA Da (The Beatles)
A, D, G (A7) - Get Back (The BEatles)
A, G, C - Sister Ray (Velvet Underground)
Am, F, G - Because the Night (Springsteen/Smith) (chorus only)
Am, F, G - Break Up Song (Greg Kihn Band)
Am, Dm, Em - I Shot the Sherriff (Eric Clapton)
Am, G, F - All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix/Bob Dylan)
Am, G, Dm (v) Am, G, C, F (c) Wherever You Go (Sublime)
Am, F, G - Am, Dm, C, G - Eye of the TIger (Survivor)
Am, C, D, F (E) - House of the Rising Sun (Animals/Traditionl)
A7, E, B7 - Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley)

Key of B   (3-chord songs)


B, A, E - Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones)
Bm, G, A - Kryptonite (3 Doors Down)
B, E, F# - Around and Around (Chuck Berry)
B7, E, A - Surfin' USA (Beach Boys) (also D7, G, C or A7, D, G)
B, D, A, E - Bohemian Like You (Dandy Warhols)

Key of C   (3-chord songs)


C, A, E - I'm So Bored With the U.S.A. (The Clash)
C, Bb, F, G - Just Like Me (Paul Revere and the Raiders)
C, Bb, F, G (EbEF) - The Wind Cries Mary (Jimi Hendrix)
C, Bb, F (C7) - Takin' Care of Business (BTO)
C, D, C - Give Peace a Chance (just the line beginning "All We are Saying")
C, D#, F, C, G - After Midnight (Eric Clapton)
C, Em, D (c) - D, Am, C, Em (v) Times Like These (Foo Fighters)
C, Em, Dm -Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest (Bob Dylan)
C, Em, Am, F, G - Hey There Delilah (Plain White Tees)
C, F, Bb (G) - Brown Sugar (The Rolling Stones)
C, F, G - Growing Up (Bruce Springsteen)
C, F, G - La Bamba (Richie Valens)
C, F, G - Chantilly Lace (The Big Bopper)
C, F, G - Let It Bleed (Rolling Stones)
C, F, G - The Horses (Daryl Baithwaite)
C, F, G - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Jerry Lee Lewis)
C, F, G - Long Black Veil (Traditional)
C, F, G - Desolation Row (Bob Dylan)
C, F, G - Like a Rock (Bob Segar)
C, F, G - I'll Keep It With Mine (Bob Dylan)
C, F, G - Cecelia (Simon & Garfunkel)
C, F, G - Down on the Corner (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
C, F, G, Am - Love Stinks (J. Geils Band)
C, F, G - Em, Am - Can't Buy Me Love (The Beatles)
C, F, C (Verse) C, Dm, F, G, G7 (chorus) My Girl (The Temptations)
C, F, G - Willie & the Hand Jive (Johnny Otis)
C, G, C, A, E - Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix)
C, G, F - Sloop John B ( Beach Boys)
C, G, F - Kum Ba Yah, My Lord (Traditional)
C, G, F - All The Small Things (Blink 182)
C, G, D - Free Falling (Tom Petty)
C#, B, A - Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)

Key of D   (3-chord songs)


D, A, Bm - Proud Mary (Creedence)
D, A, (D), G - Dead Flowers (Rolling Stones)
D, A, E - Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
D, A, E (G) - Gimme 3 Steps (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
D, A, E - With a Little Help From My Friends (Joe Cocker)
D, A, E - Feeling Groovy (Simon & Garfunkel)
D, A, Em - Clocks (Coldplay)
D, A, G - Baba O'Reilly (aka Teenage Wasteland) (The Who)
D, A, G - Vicious (Lou Reed)
D, A, G - Save the Last Dance For Me (The Drifters)
D, A, G - Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
D, A, G - Do Ya? (Never Seen Nothing Like You) (ELO)
D, A, G7 - Rock This Town (Stray Cats)
D, A7, G - Bye Bye Love (The Everly Brothers) (also C, F7, G)
D, C, D-G, F, G-A, C, G - Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)
D, C, G, F - I'm a Cowboy (Dead or Alive) (Bon Jovi)
D, C, G - Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
D, C, G - Night Moves (Bob Segar)
D, C, G - All Summer Long (Kid Rock)
D, C, G - Warewolves of London (Waren Zevon)
D, C, G - Can't You See (Marshall Tucker Band)
D, C, G - Handle Me With Care (Travelling Wiburys)
D, G, D (v) G, F, G (c) - Should I Stay or Should I Go? (The Clash)
D, G, A - Eve of Destruction (Barry McGuire)
D, G, A - Twist and Shout (Beatles)
D, G, E - Running Down a Dream (Tom Petty)
D, Em, A - Guantanamera (Traditional)
D, Em7, G, A - Our Song (Taylor Swift)
D, F, C, G - Pictures of Matchstick Men (The Status Quo)
D, G, A - Got My Mojo Working (Muddy Waters)
D, G, A (G) - Good Lovin' (The Rascals)
D, G, A - Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U2)
D, G, A - Breakfast at Tiffanys (Deep Blue Something)
D, G, A - The Authority Song (John Mellencamp)
D, G. A7 (Em) - Peaceful Easy Feeling (The Eagles)
D, G, A7 - The Midnight Special (Creedence Clarwater Revival) D, G, A - D, G, D, G (v) Em, G, Bm, A (c) Tubthumper (Chambuamga)
D, G, C - Feel Like Makin' Love (Bad Company)
Dm, A, G (Bm, G, Dm) - I Heard it Through the Grapevine (Gladys Knight/Creedence)

Key of E   (3-chord songs)


E, A, B - Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley)
E, A, B - Blue Sky (Allman Brothers)
E, A, B - Walk of Life (Dire Straights)
E, A, B - Mystery Train (Elvis Presley)
E, A, B - Hang on Sloopy (The McCoys)
E, A, B - Shelter From the Storm (Bob Dylan)
E, A, B - Be-Bop-A-Lula (Gene Vincent)
E, A, B - I Love Rock and Roll (Joan Jett)
E, A, B - The Night Time is the Right Time (Creedence)
E, A, B - Rollin' in my Sweet Baby's Arms (Roy Clarke)
E, A, B - Late in the Evening (Paul Simon)
E, A, B - The Twist (Chubby Checker)
E, A, B - Good Lovin (The Rascals)
E, A, B - Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry)
E, A, B - Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Manfred Mann)
E, A, B - We're Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)
E, A, B - Mississippi Queen (Mountain)
E, A, B - One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer (John Lee Hooker/ George Thorogood)
E, A, Bm - Louie Louie (The Kingsmen)
E, A, B7 - Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran)
E, A, B7 - Sweet Home Chicago (Robert Johnson/Eric Clapton/The Blues Brothers)
E, A, B7 - Amazing Grace (Traditional)
E, A, B7 - Ballad of John and Yoko (John Lennon)
E, A, B7 - Folsom Prison blues (Johnny Cash)
E, A, B7 - Never Been to Spain(Three Dog Night)
E, A, B7 - Mountain of Love(Johnny Rivers)
E, A, B7 - I Hear You Knocking (Dave Edmunds)
E, A, B7 - Before You Accuse Me (Eric Clapton)
E, A, B, (C#m) - When Will I Be Loved (Linda Ronstadt)
E, A, B, (C#m)- Candle in the Wind (Elton John)
E, A, B (D) - Get Off My Cloud (The Rolling Stones)
E, A, D - Gloria (Van Morrison) (also G, C, D)
E, A, D - Back in Black (opening) (AC/DC)
E, A, D, Not Fade Away(Buddy Holly) (also D, G, C)
E, A, D - GBE - Bad to the Bone (George Thorogood)
E, A, E, C#m - E, B, E - Going Down the Road Feeling Bad (Grateful Dead)
E, A, G - I'm a Man (Bo Diddley)
E, Am, D, G - Island in the Sun (Weezer)
E, Am, E, G, Dm - Hava Nagilah (Traditional)
E, A7, B - What'd I Say (Ray Charles)
E, A7, B7 - Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley)
E, A7, B7 - Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley & the Comets)
E, D, A Walkin the Dog (Rolling Stones)
E, D, A (mostly) also AEB - Back In Black (AC/DC)
E, D, A - B, E, A - Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones)
E, D, A - Werewolves of London (Waren Zevon)
E, D, G - Running Down a Dream (Tom Petty)
E, D7, A - This Train (is bound for Glory) (Traditional)
E, G, A - Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
E, G, A - American Women (The Guess Who)
Em, C, D - I'm 18 (Alice Cooper)
Em, D, G (v) -G, D, C, Em (c) - Keep on Rockin' in the Free World (Neil Young)
Em, D (v) Am, C (C) - Come As You Are (Nirvana)
Em, G, D - (v) Locomotive Breath (Jethro Tull)
Em (v) G, A, E (c) -Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf)
E7, A7, B7- Crossroads (Cream)
E7, B, A - Money (The Beatles)

Key of F   (3-chord songs)


F, Ab, Bb - Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
F, Bb, Fc - Bb, Am, Dm - Rosalita (Bruce Springsteen)
F, Bb, C - Tutti Frutti(Little Richard)
F, Bb, C - Long Tall Sally(Little Richard)
F, Bb, C (E) - Beverly Hills(Weezer)
F, C, Bb - The Wind Crys Mary (Jimi Hendrix)
F, C, Bb - Baba O'Reilly (aka Teenage Wasteland) (The Who)
F, C, Am (Dm) - By the Way (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
F, G, C - Slow Down (The Beatles)
F, C, G - Praise You (Fatboy Slim)
F#, Em, D - Turn the Beat Around (Vickie Sue Robinson/Gloria Estefan)

Key of G   (3-chord songs)


G, A, D - All You Need is Love (The Beatles)
G, Am, C - The Boys Are Back in Town (Thin Lizzy)
G, B, C (v) C, B, Bb, A (c) (G,E) - Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
G, Bm, Em, A, C, D - Love Has No Pride (Linda Ronstadt)
G, C, D - Love Me Do (The Beatles)
G, C, D - Good Golly Miss Molly (Little Richard)
G, C, D - I Fought the Law (Bobby Fuller Four)
G, C, D - Route 66 ( Bobby Troup)
G, C, D - Further on up the Road (Eric Clapton)
G, C, D - Rain (The Beatles)
G, C, D - All Shook Up (Elvis Presley)
G, C, D - The Mighty Quinn (Bob Dylan)
G, C, D - Free Falling (Tom Petty)
G, C, D - Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
G, C, D - Cecelia (Paul Simon)
G, C, D - Move It On Over (George Thorogood & the Destroyers)
G, C, D - You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
G, C, D - Lonesome Fugitive (Merle Haggard)
G, C, D - Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran/The Who)
G, C, D - Barbara Ann (The Beach Boys)
G, C, D - All Together Now (Beatles)
G, C, D - Joy to the World (Three Dog Night)
G, C, Am, D7, A7 - Jingle Bells (Traditional)
G, C, Bb - My Sharonna (The Knack)
G, C, D, (Em) - This Little Light of Mine (Traditional)
G, C, D7 - Yakkidy Yak (The Coasters)
G, C, D7, Em - Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
G, C, Em, D - Kum Ba Yah My Lord (Traditional)
G, C, Em - Blister in the Sun (Violent Femmes)
G, C7, D7 - Geat Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
G, C7, D7 - Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)
G, D, Am - G, D, C - Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan)
G, D, A - Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic)
G, D, C - The First Cut is the Deepest (Cat Stevens)
G, D, C - Em, C, G, Am - Take It Easy (Eagles)
G, D, C - Already Gone (Eagles)
G, D, C (F, D7) - I'm A Believer (Monkees)
G, D, C (Em) - Silent Night (Traditional)
G, D, C - Thunder on the Mountain (Bob Dylan)
G, D, C - Already Gone (The Eagles)
G, D, C - Small Town (John Mellencamp)
G, D, C - Jack and Diane (John Mellencamp)
G, D, C -Cm, Bb, F - Green Tambourine (Lemon Pipers)
G, D, C - Queen Bitch (David Bowie)
G, D, C -C, Em, D - Shine (Coldplay)
G, D, Em, C (chorus=Bm) Pork and Beans (Weezer)
G, D, Em - F, C, D - Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
G, D, A - Praise You (Fat Boy Slim)
G, D, Em - Am, G, D - G, B - Come On Feel Noise (Quiet Riot)
G, Em - A, C, G - Hand In My Pocket (Alanis Morisette)
G, Em, C, D (V) C, Bb, G (c) - I'll Be Watching You (Sting)
G, F, C (Em) - Ramblin' Man (Allman Brothers)
G, F, C - Mother (John Lennon)
G, F, C - Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones)
G, F, C7 - Fortunate Son (Creedence)
G, F, C - Pink Houses (John Mellencamp)
G, F, C, Eb - G, D, C, D - Baby, Won't You Follow Me Down? (Bob Dylan)
G, F#, E - I Just Wanna Be Your Dog (Iggy Pop)
G7, C7, D7- Wooly Bully (Sam the Sham & the Pharoes)



CLASSIC 4-CHORD SONGS

The most popular chord progression in 4-chord songs is C, Am, F, and G.

For Piano

Those chords are also about the 4 easiest chords to play on a piano since they are all played on white keys in a line, so your fingers hardly have to move.

For this reason, I've marked in bold all the songs with that progression. Some songs are listed with other chords, but if I've written (C, Am, F, G) after it, you can "transpose" the chorus to C, Am, F, and G so they are easier to play.

For Guitar

If you only know how to play open chords and the "F" is difficult, you can transpose any any C, Am, F, G song to a song with these easy-to-play open chords: G, Em, C, D.

Almost all online chord/lyric providers have clickable arrows that allow you to transpose chords.



Key of A   (4-chord songs)


A, C#, D, A (v) A, G#, D (Chorus) - The Weight (The Band)
A, D, D7, G - All Right Now (Free)
A, D, E, D (v) G, A, G,A (c) - Wild Thing (The Troggs)
A, D, G, E - Little Latin Lupe Lou (Mitch Ryder/The Rightous Brothers)
A, D, C, E - Fire Down Below (Bob Seger)
A, C, D, E - No Sleep Till Brooklyn (Beastie Boys)
Am, C, D, Am (v) D, F, Am, C (c) - Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple)
Am, F, Dm, C (A#) - Paparazzi (Lady Gaga)
Am, C, G, F, (E,) Fall At Your Feet (Crowded House) (C, Am, F, G)
Am, C, G, F - The River (Bruce Springsteen) (C, Am, F, G)
Am, F, C, G - Save Tonight (Eagle Eye Cherry) (C, Am, F, G)
Am, F, C, G - In My Head (Jason Derulo) (C, Am, F, G)
Am, F, C, G - Self Esteen (The Offspring) (C, Am, F, G)
Am, F, C, G - You're Gonna Go Far Kid (The Offspring) (C, Am, F, G)
Am, F, C, G - Poker Face (Lady Gaga) (C, Am, F, G)
Am, F, C, G - Don't Trust Me (3OH!3) ( C, Am, F, G)
Am, F, C, G - Kids (MGMT) (C, Am, F, G)
Am, F, G, C - Barbie Girl (Aqua) (C, Am, F, G)
Am, G, F, C - Land Down Under (Men at Work) (C, Am, F, G)
Am, G, F, E - Hit The Road, Jack (Ray Charles)

Key of C   (4-chord songs)


C, Am, G7, G - Deck the Halls (Traditional)
C, Bb, F, G - Just Like Me (Paul Revere/Raiders)
C, G, C, F - Down on the Corner (Creedence)
C, Em, F, G - Torn (Natalie Imbruglia)
C, Em, F, G - Crocodile Rock (Elton John)
C, Em, Am, F- Price Tag (Jessie J)
C, Am, Dm, G (v) E7, A7, D7, G7 (c) - Sherry (The 4 Seasons)
C, Am, F, G, (Em)(Dm) - All I Have to Do is Dream (Everly Brothers) (C, Am, F, G)
C, Am, G, G7 - Blue Moon (Elvis Presley) (C, Am, F, G)
C, Am, F, G - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Neil Sedaka) (C, Am, F, G)
C, Am, F, G - Come Go With Me (The Beach Boys) (C, Am, F, G)
C, Am, G, F - Dream Lover (Bobby Darin) (C, Am, F, G)
C, Am, F, G - Duke of Earl (Gene Chandler) (C, Am, F, G)
C, Am F, G - Heart and Soul (Frederick Loesser/Hogie Carmichael) (C, Am, F, G)
C, Am, F, G - Little Darlin' (The Diamonds) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, D - Can You Feel The Love Tonight? (Elton John) (also F, C, Dm, G)
C, G, Am, F (Em) - Don't Stop Believin' (Journey) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F (Em) - You're Beautiful (James Blunt) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - Forever Young (Alphaville) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - I'm Yours (Jason Mraz) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - Happy Ending (Mika) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - Wherever You Will Go (The Calling) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - Don't Matter (Akon) (also G, D, Em, C) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F, (G7) - Take Me Home Country Roads (John Denver) (also G, Em, D, C, (D7)
C, G, Am, F - She Will Be Loved (Maroon 5) (also Bm, A, D, G) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - Pictures of You (The Last Goodnight) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - With Or Without You (U2) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - Am I Not Pretty Enough Kasey Chambers (also G, D, Em, V) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - Let It Be (The Beatles) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F, (Em)- Under the Bridge (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - Sweet Jane (Lou Reed) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - Superman (Five For Fighting) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - Scars (Missy Higgins) (C, Am, F, G)
C, Am, G, F - Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers)(C, Am, F, G)
C, Am, F, G - Friday (Rebecca Black) (C, Am, F, G)
C, Am, F, G - Baby (Justin Beiber) (C, Am, F, G)
C, Am, F, G, (Eb)- Unchained Melody (The Rightous Brothers) (C, Am, F, G)
C, Am, F, G7 - Poor Little Fool (Ricky Nelson) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F - No Woman, No Cry (Bob Marley) (C, Am, F, G)
C, G, Am, F, (D7, G7)- Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan) (C, Am, F, G)

Key of D   (4-chord songs)


D, A, G, E - Makin' Time (The Creation)
D, A, G, Bm - Sweet Jane (Lou Reed)
D, G, A, G - Good Lovin' (The Rascals)
D, G, A7, G7 - Mellow Yellow
D, G, F, A - Should I Stay of Should I Go? (The Clash)
Dm, Bb, Gm, Bm - Southern Man (Neil Young)
D, Bm, G, A - In the Still of the Night (The 5 Satins) (also C, Am, F, G)
D, Bm, G, A - Runaround Sue (Dion) (also C, Am, FG) (also C, Am, F, G)

Key of E   (4-chord songs)


E, G, C (E) - Heartbreaker (Rolling Stones)
E, A, D, A - That's What I Like About You (The Romantics)
E, A, D, A - R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. (Mellencamp)
E, B, C, A - Basket Case (Green Day)I Love Rock and Roll (Joan Jett)
E, A, G, E (v) A7, E7 (c) - Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh)
E, C, G, D - On Holiday (Green Day)
E, F#, A , Bb - Sweet Thing (Van Morrison)
E, D, A, G - Vertigo (U2)
E, A, G, C - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
E, Am, G, Dm - Hava Nagila (Traditional)
Em, C, G, D/F# - Radio Nowhere (Bruce Springsteen)
Em, G, A, E - Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
Em, G, D, A - You Belong with Me (Taylor Swift)
Em, D, Am, C - Come As You Are (Nirvana)
Em, C, G, D - If I Were a Boy (Beyonce) (also C, Am, F, G)
Em, D, C, G - Sounds of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel) (also C, Am, F, G)

Key of F   (4-chord songs)


F, Bb, C, E - Beverly Hills (Wheezer)
F, C, Dm, B - Where Is the Love (Black-Eyed Peas)
F, C, G, Am - Canvas Bags (Tim Minchin) (also C, Am, F, G)

Key of G   (4-chord songs)


G, C, Em, C - This Little Light of Mine (Traditional)
G, C, A, D - Honky Tonk Woman (Rolling Stones)
G, C, D, Am - Friend of the Devil (Grateful Dead)
G, D, Em7 (v) Am, C, Em, D, (D7) (c) - American Pie (Don McLean)
G, Am, F, D7- Teenager in Love (Dion and the Belmonts)
G, C, Am, F - No Woman, no Cry (Bob Marley) (also C, Am, F, G)
G, D, Em, C (Dm) - When I Come Around (Green Day) (also C, Am, F, G)
G, D, Em, C - U & Ur Hand (Pink) (also C, Am, F, G)
G, Em, Am, D - Silhouettes (Herman's Hermits) (also C, Am, F, G)
G, Em, D, C - You Found Me (The Fray) (also C, Am, F, G)
G, Em, C, D - Earth Angel (The Penguins) (also C, Am, F, G)
G, Em, C, D - Hey Paula (Paul and Paula) (also C, Am, F, G)
G, Em, C, D - Looking Out My Back Door (Creedence Clearwater Revival) (also C, Am, F, G)
G, Em, C, D - Every Breath You Take (The Police) (also C, Am, F, G)
G, Em, C, D7- Take Good Care of My Baby (Bobby Vee) (also C, Am, F, G)



REPEAT PROGRESSION SONGS - SONGS WITH CONTINUOUSLY REPEATING CHORD PROGRESSIONS, USUALLY THROUGH BOTH THE VERSE AND THE CHORUS:
(*I refer to them, in short, as "rondos," a word derived from "rounds" which are songs like "Row Row Row Your Boat " which are sung inin overlapping intervals by groups of people.)

NOTE: I recommend practicing with these songs, because your fingers get accustomed to making the change from one chord to another. Plus - you can do most ever with OPEN CHORDS or with BAR CHORDS.


3 CHORD - REPEAT PROGRESSION SONGS


A, D, E - Twist and Shout (Beatles)
E, A, B - Isis (Bob Dylan) (also Eb, Ab, Bb)
E, D, A - Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
E, D, A - The Last Time (Rolling Stones)
D, C, G - Can't You See (Marshall Tucker)
D, G, A - Breakfast at Tiffanys (Deep Blue Something)
E, D, A - Gloria (Van Morrison):
F, Am, G - Sorry (Justin Bieber)
F, Bb, C (v) Bb, Am, Dm (c) - Rosalita (Bruce Springsteen)
G, D, A - Dirty Boulevard (Lou Reed)

4 CHORD - REPEAT PROGRESSION SONGS


A, C, G, D - Fly Away (Lenny Kravitz)
Am, G, F, G - All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)
Am, Em, G, C - Love Myself (Hailee Steinfeld)
AM, F, C, G (then A, F, C, E) - The Passenger(Iggy Pop)
Am, G, F, E - Hit The Road, Jack (Ray Charles)
C, Am, G, D - House of the Rising Son (The Animals)
C, D, Em, G - Round Here (Counting Crows)
C, Em, Dm, C - Ballad of Frankie Lane and Judas Priest (Bob Dylan):
C, Am, Dm, G - Sherry (4 Seasons):(verse)(chorus has other chords)
C, Am, F, G - Baby (Justin Beiber)
C, Am, F, Dm - D, G - The Loco-motion (Little Eva)
C, G, Am, F - Let It Be (The Beatles)
C, G, Am, F - Am I Not Pretty Enough Kasey Chambers (also G, D< Em, V)
C, A#, G, (G7) - Funkeytown (Lipps)
C, G, Am, Em (v) F, C, D7, G7 (c) - Streets of London(Ralph McTell)
C, G, C, A, E - Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix)
D, Em7, G, A - Our Song (Taylor Swift)
D, G, Em, A - Don't Be Cruel (Elvis Presley)
D, E, A, G - I'd Love to Change The World (Alvin Lee)
D, C, F, G (v) D, C, Bb (c) - American Band (Grand Funk Railroad)
D, C, G, A (v) E,G, A, G(c) - Rock N Roll (Lou Reed)
E, A, D, A - That's What I Like About You (Romantics):
E, A, D, A (with some variation) - Cherry, Cherry (Neil Diamond):
E, A, D, A - R.O.C.K. in the USA (John Mellencamp) :
E, Am, D, G - Island in the Sun (Weezer)
Em, G, C, G - Radio Nowhere (Bruce Springsteen) :
Em, G, D, C - Hello (Adele)
Em, G, C (G) - Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen )
F,G, C, Am - Walking in Memphis (John Kohn):
F, G, Am, C - When we were Young (Adele)
F, Bb, G, C (v) C, F, Dm, G (c) - Watching the River Flow (Bob Dylan)
F, C, Am, G - Learning to Fly (Tom Petty)
G, C, Am, D - Run Around (Blues Traveler)
G, D, A, D - Dirty Boulevard (Lou Reed)
G, D, Em, C - With Or Without You (U2)
G, D, Em - F, C, D - Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
G, Em, Am, D - Silhouettes (Herman's Hermits)
G, Em C, D - Stay - (Jackson Brown)
G, Em, C, D - Last Kiss (Pearl Jam)
NECK PROGRESSION SONGS - SONGS WITH CHORD PROGRESSIONS THAT ARE PLAYED WITH BAR CHORDS THAT MOVE UP OR DOWN THE NECK OR IN "BOXES"

C#, B, A - Gimmie Shelter (The Rolling Stones)
C, D#, F, C, G - After Midnight (Eric Clapton)
C, Bb, F, G - Just Like Me (Dave Clark 5)
Dm, C, Bb, A, F - Sultans of Swing (Mark Knopfler)
E, D, A, G- B, A, B, E - Clash City Rockers (The Clash)
Em, G, F# F, E - I'm a Man (Spencer Davis)
G, F#, E - I Just Wanna Be Your Dog (Iggy Pop)
D, F, G, A, F - No Sleep Till BRooklyn (The Beasty Boys)




2 CHORD SONGS (some are 2 chord either in the verse or chorus only.They are marked.)

A, D - Jambalaya (Hank Williams)
Am, D - Oye Como Va (Santana)
A7, D9 - Season of the Witch (Donovan)
A7, D7 - The End (Beatles) (played under the lead guitar solos at the end)(A, D, B, E = "Oh, Yeah, All, Right. . .")
A, E (v) E, D, A, C (c) - For What It's Worth (Crosby, Stills & Nash)
Am, G - Working Class Hero (John Lennon)
A, E - Achy Breaky Heart (Cyrus)
A, D (E-chorus) - Do You Wanna Dance? (The Ramones)
A, G (v) D, E, A (c) - Get Together (Youngbloods)
A, G (v) D, C (c) - 1969 (Iggy Pop/Stooges)
A, E (v) G, D, E, A (c) - Lust for Life (Iggy Pop)
A, E, - Achy Breaky Heart (Billy Rae Cyrus)
A, G - I Want Candy (The Strangeloves)

Bm, A - Pushin' Too Hard (The Seeds)

C, Em - Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
C, G - Singin in the Rain (Gene Kelly)
C, G - Give Peace a Chance (John Lennon)
C, G7 - Jambalaya (Hank Williams)
C, F (D) - You Can't Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)
C7, F7 - Feelin' Allright (Dave Mason) (or C, F)

D, A - Roadunner (Jonathan RIchman)
D, A - Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) (Harry Belafonte)
D, A7 - Iko Iko (Dr John)
D, E - Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
D, E (v) A, D, Bm, E (c) - Rebel, Rebel (David Bowie)
D, Em - E, F#m, B - Something in the Air (Thunderclap Newman)
D, G - Heroin (Lou Reed)
D, G (C) - Feel Like Makin' Love (Bad Company)
D, G - What I Got (Sublime)
D, G - Lively Up Yourself (Bob Marley)

E, A - Who Do you Love? (Bo Diddley/Geo. Thorogood)
E, A - Hey, Bo Diddley (Bo Diddley)
E, A - When Love Coms to Town (u2
E7, A - Over and Over (Dave Clark Five)
Em, Am - Shakin All Over (Johnny Kidd/Pirates)
Em, C - Something in the Way (Nirvana)
E, A, E - Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly/Rolling Stones)

F, G (Intro) Am, Em (v) - When Doves Cry (Prince)
F, Dm - Shout (The Isley Brothers)

G, A - L.A. Woman (The Doors)
G, A - Jane Says (Jane's Addiction)
G, C - Everyday People (Sly and the Family Stone)
G, C (verse) - ABC (Jackson Five)
G, D - Tulsa Time (Don Harrison/Eric Clapton) (also E,B7)
G, D - Heroin (Velvet underground)
G, D7 - Okie from Muskogee (Merle Haggard)
G, Em - Songbird(Oasis)
Gm, C (D7) - Evil Ways (Santana)
G7, C - Paperback Writer (The Beatles)



SOME CLASSIC 5-CHORD SONGS

A, D, E, B, G -Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (Paul Simon)
A, E - C,D, E - Welcome to the Jungle (Guns and Roses)
Am, F, F, C, G, E - Hello, Cowgirl in the Sand (Neil Young)
B, F#, D, E, A - Hard to Handle (Black Crows)

C, Bb, F, G (v) - D, F, G (c) - Rock and Roll (Lou Reed)
E, D, A, C, G -Who Are You? (The Who)
E, D, A, C, G - Don't You Forget About Me (Simple Minds)
Em, D,C (G-D-C-Em) - Keep on Rockin in the Free World (Neil Young)
G, C, D, A, E - Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix)
G, D, Em, F, C, D -Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

SOME CLASSIC 5+ CHORD SONGS+

A, D, E, G, C#m, F#m - Sugar Magnolia (Grateful Dead)
C, D, F, A, E - What's Your Name (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
C, Em, Am, G (chorus) - Runaway Train (Soul Asylum)
C, D, D7, F, G - I'm a Believer (The Monkees)
C, Am, F, Dm, D - The Locomotion (Little Eva)
C, E, Bb, F, Em, Am, D, G - It's Still Rock and Roll to Me (Billy Joel)
D, A, Bm, F#m, G - Under the Bridge (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
D, F,G, A, F - No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn (Beastie Boys)
Em, G, A, G, Em, D - Good For You (Selena Gomez)
Em, C, D, E, G - Heart of Gold (Neil Young)
Em, A7, D, Bm, G, Em, C, A7 - All My Loving (The Beatles)
E, B, C#m, A, G#m - Don't Stop Believing (Journey)
Em, C, D (v) C, A, G, D (c) - Rock and Roll Fantasy (Bad Company)
G, B, C, B-Bb-A#-A, (E) - Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
G, Bm, C, D - F C / G - Hurdy Gurdy Man (Donovan)
G, D, G, Em (v) C, D7, D, G (c) - All You Need Is Love (The Beatles)



2-3-4 CHORD TRADITIONAL, FOLK + COWBOY SONGS


Almost all these songs use a combination of chords which are the 1st Chord and the 5th (7 ftrets) above it, usually made into a 7th.

C, G7
D, A7
E, B7
F, C7
G, D7
A, E7

As a beginner, you can forget the playing the 7th, and just play the G7th, for example, as a G. It sounds a little off, but not much.



A, E - Down By the Riverside (3rd chord, D in the refrain)
A, A - Deep in the Heart of Texas
A, D, E7 - She'll be Coming Around the Mountain
A, C, D or G, D, C or A, E, D - Oh Suzanna
A, D, E - You Are My Sunshine

C, G - Skip to My Lou
C, C7 - Clementine (Oh My Darling Clementine)
C, G7 - Buffalo Gals
C, G7 - He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
C, G, C - Merrilly, We Roll Along
C, F, G7 - Froggie Went a Courtin'
C, F, G - Old McDonald

D, A, D, 7G - Happy Birthday
D, G, E7, A7 - My Bonnie

Em, D - What Shall We Do With a Drunkin' Sailor

G, D - Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me
G, D7 - Tom Dooley
G, D7, D, G - For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
G, D7, C - Clementine
G, D7, C - She'll Be Comin' Around the Mountain
GDG7C - When the Saints

2-CHORD CHILDRENS' SONGS


A, E or C, G7 - Row Row Row your Boat

C, G or D, A7 - Are You Sleeping?
C, F - Rain Rain Go Away
C, G7 - Ring Around the Rosie
C, G, C - London Bridge
C, F, G - The Farmer in the Dell
C, G, G7 - Three Blind Mice

D, A - Polly Wolly Doodle All The Day
D, A or G, C - It's Raining , It's Pouring



10 CLASSIC GARAGE BAND FUNDAMENTALS - (THIS SECTION IS IN PROGESS)


1) The Bo Diddley Beat
2) The Chuck Berry Rhythm
3) Easy Bass RIffs
4) Easy Lead or Chord Riffs
5) The 12-Bar Blues Progression
6) Songs with Easy, Fun Neck Progressions
7) To Play One Chord for a Long Time
8) Special Songs for Piano
9) The Blues Scale for playing solos. Piano/Guitar
10) The Top 10 Chord Progressions in Popular Music


1 ) Songs with the BO DIDDLEY BEAT

The Bo Diddley Beat is often explained as the rhythm of this sentence. "Shave and a haircut; two bits.


Bo Diddley (Bo Diddley)
I Want Candy (The Strangeloves/Bow Wow Wow)
No One Left to Run with Anymore (Allman Brothers) : at end
Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly)
Who Do You Love? (The Doors/Quicksilver Messenger Service)
Willy and the Hand Jive (Johnny Otis)
Mona (Bo Diddley/Rolling Stones)
Magic Bus (The Who)
New York Groove (Kiss)
She's the One (Bruce Springsteen)
Desire (U2)
Bad to the Bone (George Thorogood) EAD - GBE -


2) Songs with the CHUCK BERRY RIFF


Leopard Skin-Pill Box Hat (A, D7, E7 )
Bang a Gong (T Rex)
Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry)
Sweet Little 16 ( Chuck Berry )
Carol ( Chuck Berry)
Little Queenie ( Chuck Berry)
Sweet Little Sixteen (Chuck Berry)
Surfing USA (Chuck Berry and the Beach Boys)

3) EASY BEGINNER BASS RIFFS


Money (Intro) (Pink Floyd)
Iron Man (intro) (Black Sabbath)
Day Tripper (Beatles) into
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (Alvin Lee)
In-a-Gadda-Da-Vita (Iron Butterfly)
Pretty Women (Roy Orbinson)
Space Cowboy (Steve Miller Band)
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
I'm a Man (Muddy Waters) (1-5-3-1)
Dirty Water (The Standells)
Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)
We Gotta Get Outta This Place (The Animals)

4) FAMOUS BEGINNER LEAD RIFFS


Something (George Harrison) - 585678
First There is a Mountain (Donovan/Mountain Jam by the ALlman Bros.)
Rebel, Rebel (David Bowie)
Proud Mary (intro) (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Shakin' All Over (Johnny Kidd & the Pirates)
Rumble (Link Ray)
Taps (Traditional)
Secret Agent Man (Johnny Rivers)
I'm Your Captain (Grand Funk Railroad)
Twist and Shout (The Beatles)

5) 12 BAR BLUES FORMULA


The 12-bar blues is one of the most popular in pop music. It originates in blues songs but countless rock songs also use the formula.




This is the pattern using E-A-B, then  1-4-5

     E     E     E    E
     A     A     E    E
     B     A     E    E A B

(Play each chord 4 times)

     1     1     1     1
     4     4     1     1
     5     4     1     1

It is played using the 1-4-5 formula in the pattern written out below. The combination of chords are below. In the following list, songs with asterisks (*) need bar chords. C F G* D G A E A B F Bb C* G C D A D E B E F#* 1-4-5 All - These songs can be played with Just Open Chords C F G D G A G C D A D E


These are some example of 12 Bar Blues that should be easy to play:


Route 66 (Boby Troup) (ADE)
Rock Around the Clock (Bill Haley and the Comets) (1952)
Shake Rattle and Roll (Big Joe Turner) (1954)
The Night Time is the Right Time (Ray Charles (1957)
Be Bop A Lula (Gene Vincent)
Teenagers (My Chemical Romance)
Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)
All Shook Up ( Elvis Presley)
Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley)
Why Don''t We Do It in the Road (Beatles)
(They Say Its) Your Birthday (The Beatles)
Yer Blues (The Beatles)
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
Tutti Frutti (Little Richard)
Tush (ZZ Top)
Keep Your Hand To Yourself (Georgia Satellites)
Leopard-Skin Pill box Hat (Bob Dylan)
Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On (Jerry Lee LEwis)
Red House (Jimi Hendrix)
Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin)
Crossroads(Cream)
Love in Vain (Rolling Stones)
Mystery Train (Elvis Presley)

6) Songs with Easy, Fun Neck Progressions or Unique Chords

Whipping Post-A minor(Allman Brothers)
Grazing in the Grass Is a Gas (Friends of Distinction)
. Sweet Things (Van Morrison) ( E, F#, A, B6) - (B6 is A-based Bar B also strumming bottom string)
A Horse With No Name (America)

7) TO PLAY ONE CHORD FOR A LONG TIME


Come Together (Here come old Flat Top. . .) (Beatles)
Night Moves (Bob Seger)
Born in the U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen)


7.5) ONE CHORD SONGS


8) GOOD SONGS TO PRACTICE BAR-CHORD "BOXES" WITH

The 3- and 4-chord bar-chord boxes found on the neck.

This is the way they will look as look down at them on the neck.


Bb - C     C - D     D - E
F -   G     G - A     A - B

A, D, E - Free Falling (Tom Petty)
A, D, G (E) - American Idiot (Green Day) (ADGDAG)
Bm, A,D, G - Long May You Run (Neil Young) -
Bm, G, A - Kryptonite (great song to explain different ways...)
C, G, Am, F - Let It Be (Good Bar Box)
E, A, G, C Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
F-Bb/G-C - Just Like Me(Kinks)
F, G, C, Am (chorus) - Don't Dream Its Over F, Ab, Bb - Purple Haze (Hendrix) (good ex 134 box)
F#, D, A, B (intro and verse) - Jenny 867-5309
G, D, C - Cm, Bb, F - Green Tambourine - (Lemon Pipers)
G, C, A, D - Honky Tonk Women (Rolling Stones)
G, C, D, A, E - Hey Joe (Hendrix)

NO STOP TILL BROOKLYN  (good 4 chord wonder) 
1-4-6-8-4 - play these on the neck -easier than deciphering below)
FF-Ab-Bb-Cc-Ab
00-3-5-7-3 =
EE-B-A-B-G

8) SPECIAL EASY SONGS FOR PIANO


C, F, Em, G - Lean On Me (Bill Withers)
C, F, G, Am, Dm -Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen)

9) THE BLUES SCALE - FOR PLAYING "SOLOS"

This entry level course in music starts with a concentration on chords. But you will want to play guitar solos eventually, so here's two different easy blues scale boxes that you can use to practice your soloing in between your bar chording.

This first box should be played along with a song in the key of A or E. But if you're playing alone, it doesn't matter. Just play the left notes with your 1st finger and the notes on the right with either your 3rd finger or pinkie. play the notes in any combination you want and it will sound good.



This box is smaller, so your solo will be more focused. But you'll be amazed at how many various sounds you can make just playing these notes.

For either of these blues boxes, you can play along to blues songs if you do a Google search for "blues in A" or "slow blues in a" and play the songs you find there. Be sure to COMBINE the two blues boxes for added sounds.



10) THE 10 TOP PROGRESSIONS IN MOST ROCK SONGS

Many songs she the same chord progressions. If you want to start writing songs, you might start using these professions. Many others have.

. Note: In many books and websites, these chords are
numbered using Roman Numerals with small letters
representying minor chords. Like this:

I-ii-iii-IV-V-vi

I represent them in Modern Day Numbers with "m" for minors.

1-2m-3m-4-5-6m- (m=minor)

Two examples:

Key of C chords:
C-Dm-Em-F-G-Am-

Key of G chords:
G-Am-Bm-C-D-Em-


CHORD PROGRESSIONS

1) 1-4-5 (60's rock) (aka 1-4-5-4)

D-G-A - TWIST AND SHOUT - The Beatles
D-A-G - BABA O'RILEY - The Who
E-B-A - STACY'S MOM - Fountains of Wayne
E-A-B - WILD THING - The Troggs
E-A-Bm - LOUIE LOUIE - The Kingsmen
E-A-B - HANG ON SLOOPY - The McCoys
D-G-A - LA BAMBA - (Richie Valens)

2) 5-4-1 (Rock)

D-C-G - SWEET HOME ALABAMA - (Lynyrd Sknyrd)
D-C-G - WAREWOLVES OF LONDON - (Warren Zevon)
D-C-G - NIGHT MOVES - (Bob Seger)
D-C-G - CAN'T YOU SEE - (Marshall Tucker Band)

3) 1-7-6

C#m-B-A-B - ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER (HENDRIX)
Am-G-F - STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN- last 1/4) - (Led Zeppelin)
Am-F-G - BECAUSE THE NIGHT (chorus) - (Patti Smith)

AM-G-F-E - HIT THE ROAD JACK - (Ray Charles) 4) 1-5-6m-4 (most popular - The "Let it Be" progression)

C-Am-F-G - DUKE OF EARL - (Gene Chandler)
C-Am-F-G - BREKING UP IS HARD TO DO (Neil Sedaka)
C-Am-F-G - BLUE MOON - (Elvis)
C-Am-F-G - LITTLE DARLIN (The Diamonds)
G-C-Am-F - NO WOMEN, NO CRY (Bob Marley)

5) 1-6m-4-5

G-Em-C-D - EARTH ANGEL - (The Penguins)
G-Em-C-D - HEY PAULA - (Paul and Paula)
G-Em-C-D - LOOKING OUT MY BACK DOOR (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
G-Em-C-D - EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE (The Police)
G-Em-C-D- TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY (Bobby Vee)

6) 6m-4-1-4
Em-C-G-D - (DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' (Foreigner)
Em-C-G-D - IF I WERE A BOY (Beyoncee)
Em-D-C-G - SOUNDS OF SILENCE - (Simon and Garfunkel)

7) More to come




3, 4, & 5 CHORD SONGS BY DECADES (from list above) (TO COME)


The FIFTIES (50's)

ADE or GCD - All Shook Up
EAB7 - Be Bop a Lu La
ADE7 - Blue Suede Shoes
CFG - Great Balls of Fire
GCD7 - Hound Dog
ADE - Johnny B Goode
CFG - La Bamba
DAE7 - Rock Around the Clock
FCBb - Tuti Frutti
DEAB - Rumble (Link Ray)

The SIXTIES (60's)


All Along the Watchtower
Bad Moon Rising
Blowing in the Wind
Brown Eyed Girl
Get Back
Louie Louie
Surfin USA
Twist and Shout
Whole Lotta Love
Wild Thing
Do Wah Diddy DGD (one a) Verse: D, Bm,G, A7

The SEVENTIES (70's)


All Right Now
Back in Black
Free Falling (ADE) (good for box)
God Save the Queen (Sex Pistols)
Should I stay or Should I go
Shook Me All Night Long
Sweet Home Alabama
The Tide is High

The EIGHTIES (80's) and Beyond


All the Small Things (Blink 182)
Hand in my Pocket (A Morisette)
Have I told You Lately That I love you
Jolene
Still Haven't Found Wh at I'm Looking For
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Sweater Song - Wheezer
Walk of Life



CHORD BACKGROUND: 1-4-5 CHORDS AND MORE



1   2    3     4    5    6    7   8
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I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII- I

E   F#   G#    A    B   C#    D#  E

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I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII- I

C   D    E     F    G   A    B    C
D   E    F#    G    A   B    C#   D
E   F#   G#    A    B   C#   D#   E  
F   G    A     Bb   C   D    E    F
G   A    B     C    D   E    F#   G
A   B    C#    D    E   F#   G#   A
B   C#   D#    E    F#  G#   A#   B

So : Popular Progressions
I-4-5   C-F-G, D-G A, G-C-D, A-D-E


1-4-5 All Possibilities with a, b, c, d, e, f, and G chords. (Not beginning with sharps or flats) *Songs with asterisks need bar chords C F G* D G A E A B F Bb C* G C D A D E B E F#*
1-4-5 All - These songs can be played with Just Open Chords C F G D G A G C D A D E
1-4-5 SONGS WHICH CAN BE PLAYED USING ONLY E-BASED BAR CHORDS MOVING UP AND DOWN THE NECK E-A-B (begins with Alt_E)
G-C-D
A-D-E


TABS

Tabs are similar to chords but usually more specific. In addition to telling the guitars where to place his fingers in a chord, they also tell the guitarist how to play all the leads note for note.

You should learn the basics of tabs in case the wed doesn't have the chord so a song, They might have the tabs.

FROM WIKIPEDIA

The following examples are labelled with letters on the left denoting the string names, with a lowercase e for the high E string. Tab lines may be numbered 1 through 6 instead, representing standard string numbering, where "1" is the high E string, "2" is the B string, etc.

The numbers that are written on the lines represent the fret used to obtain the desired pitch. For example, the number 3 written on the top line of the staff indicates that the player should press down at the third fret on the high E (first string). Number 0 denotes the nut that is, an open string.

For chords, a letter above or below the tablature staff denotes the root note of the chord.

Examples of guitar tablature notation:

The chords E, F, and G:

e|- - -0- - -1- - -3- - -
B|---0---1---0---
G|---1---2---0---
D|---2---3---0---
A|---2---3---2---
E|---0---1---3---
     E   F   G 


SAMPLE OPEN CHORD TABS:

The Number is the fret you press. The strings are from thickest (top of guitar)
to thinnest (bottom of guitar)
If you see an (x); don't play  that string.

A -  xx0232   also could be written  x-x-0-2-3-2
B -  xx4442 or as a bar chord 224442
C -  x32010 
D -  xx0232 
E -  022100
F -  xx3211  or  as a bar chord 133211 
G - 320003

Am - x02210
Bm - bar
Cm - bar
Dm - xx0231
Em - 022000
Fm - bar
Gm - bar

A7 - x02020
B7 - x21202
C7 - x32310
D7 - xx0212
E7 - 020100
F7 - bar
G7- 320001

BAR CHORDS ON THE NECK  (3 samples)

G (3rd fret with an E-Based bar) 355433
A (5th fret with an E-based bar)  577655
B (6th fret with an E-based bar)  799877

POWER CHORDS    (One only plays the top three strings of the bar chord.)

E5 - x22xxx
F5 - 133xxx
G5 - 355xxx
A5 - 577xxx
B5 - 799xxx
C5 -(10)(12)(12)xx
D5 - x577xx


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