Your First 10 Songs To Play On Your Guitar
We all play guitar to create music. Either through our own original compositions or playing someone else's songs. If you haven't been playing for at least two years, it's important right now to learn your craft through playing other people's songs.
Now there are millions of songs out there already to choose from. Which songs are the right ones for you to play?
So what is the right song for you to learn? The answer - what artist or genre made you want to play the guitar in the first place. There is usually a particular artist, style of music, that attracted you to learn guitar and that's where to focus to select a bunch of songs to learn to play.
Now, every style has 'easier' songs to play. Of course there are the more challenging numbers so go with the easier ones first. Get some runs on the board and build your confidence and then start challenging your self.
Every Music Genre Has It's 'Standards'
Whether its blues, jazz, rock, metal, classical, country or pop music, every genre, or style has its own top songs. For instance if you want to play metal guitar, look at the big 4 bands of that style – Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth.
These artists have been around for many years and between them they have hundreds of songs to choose from. Find out what the combined top 10 songs are and set out to learn them.
The same reasoning goes if you prefer blues. There are many different sub-genres of blues like, Texas blues; Chicago style blues for example. There are so many great songs to choose from...
Singer/songwriter folk styles have continually changed through out the years. Sure, you've got your pioneers of the genre – Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan etc.
However, that style has evolved so much to include the classic sounds and songs of the early '70's era singer/songwriters through to modern day acoustic guitar based music of the likes of Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons as well as early John Mayer.
One: Find out the great songs of the music you want to play then make a list
Two: Purchase a copy of those songs. Buy these recordings. Do not download illegally. You only rob the artists or their estates of money that is rightfully theirs.
Three: You may have to purchase some sheet music or tabs of these songs if you can't work them out by ear. Again, purchase these!
Once you have these items, now you are going to start learning how to play them. The problem I see most aspiring guitar players doing is that they try to play the entire song in one sitting and if it doesn't work for them they get frustrated. If this is familiar to you, here's what to do instead...
Take notes first of what you can't play. For example, jot down the chords you don't know and work on these. Obviously, some things are going to take some time to develop. This is to be expected.
And you will encounter some challenges. Practice what you need to play these songs every day. 20-30minutes everyday is enough to get you closer to your goal of playing these songs.
Because these top 10 songs are the songs you want to play, you will gain so much satisfaction and confidence when you start ticking off each of those songs as your skills develop.