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January 12th, 2017

The Absolute 10 Best Guitar Tabs for Beginners to Get Strummin’

You’ve been wanting to learn guitar for as long as you can remember.

You’ve got your first guitar – thanks to the holiday season or the resolve of a new year. Maybe you’ve even got an awesome custom strap to match.

Now what?

You’ve got to learn how to play it.

How?

Find some guitar tabs for beginners, and dive in.

Lucky you. We’ve gone ahead and done that for you.

These 10 guitar tabs for beginners are sure to get you strumming.

When you’re learning a new skill, you often have to move more slowly than you want to, and work harder and longer than you want to, before you get any good and really have any fun. It’s true that some of your early guitar

It’s true that some of your early guitar playing will feel painful and boring. At least, if you let it.

The good news is that so many of the songs you love are simple enough on the guitar (or come in simple-enough arrangements to suit you where you’re at) that you can learn to play them from your very first lesson.

The best way to learn guitar is to learn to play a song you love. So pick one, and get started. Then pick another one, and another one. Soon you’ll have a repertoire of songs you love, and you’ll be one mean guitar player. Especially if you practice correctly, for a little while every day, you’ll build muscle memory pretty quickly.

Soon you’ll have a repertoire of songs you love, and you’ll be one mean guitar player. Especially if you practice correctly, for a little while every day, you’ll build muscle memory pretty quickly.

We think there’s sure to be a song or two here that’ll send you on your way…

All The Small Things by Blink 182

Can you believe that All The Small Things by Blink 182 is more than fifteen years old? Missing the punk pop sound of the turn of the millennium? Maybe you’re too young to remember it and you’re looking for some punk pop schooling.

Maybe you’re too young to remember it and you’re looking for some punk pop schooling.

In any case, it’s hard to get more basic than this one. And you’ll have 80s and early 90s babies singing along by the first few chords.

Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Not quite had your fill of 1999’s very best? May we recommend Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers?

The song may sound laid back, and it’s easy enough to pick up. But the message burns deeper than you realize at first. The lyrics will give you something to think on while you’re practicing the chord changes over and over again. Interpreting the lyrics will help you keep your performance fresh.

The lyrics will give you something to think on while you’re practicing the chord changes over and over again. Interpreting the lyrics will help you keep your performance fresh.

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones

Let’s throw it back even a bit further to 1965. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones features an iconic three-note guitar riff that never got replaced by horns like was intended – and it drives the whole song.

Seriously, can you imagine the riff any differently? What a happy accident.

Day Tripper by The Beatles

Let’s stay in 1965 a moment. Do you still have Beatle Mania?

Day Tripper by The Beatles is your guitar-tabs-for-beginners jam. Oh, you’re sounding bluesy already.

Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynard

Just as soon as you read that song title you were humming it, and tapping your feet. Admit it. Classic rock will do that to you.

Admit it, classic rock will do that to you.

Check out these Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynard guitar tabs for beginners and start strumming a treasured piece of themid-70s.

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Sick of strumming, strumming, strumming?

Want to try some finger picking? Want to honor a musical legend who recently passed?

Learn Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, and made uber popular by Jeff Buckley in the 90s.

This is an especially great one to know if you’re a serious singer. There’s so much room to show off your emotional depth and range.

Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel

What’s that? More finger picking? And you like accompanying yourself while you sing?

Go on back to the mid 60s with Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel. So classic. Every solo singer/guitarist should know it.

Got a guitar-playing and singing friend? Simon and Garfunkel always sound better in harmonious duet.

Wonderwall by Oasis

It seems everyone who has ever played a guitar has learned this tune early on. Some people never learn any more than Wonderwall by Oasis.

Anyway…that won’t happen to you. Not with all the suggestions to go on here.

You’ve got permission to live in 1995 for a while, is what we’re saying, but not forever.

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

Maybe you’re looking for something a bit chiller after all that rocking out? Maybe you’re looking for something more recent.

How’s 2006 sound?

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol it is.

Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People

Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People is Dm – F – C – G. Over and over. You can handle that.

And just like that you’re playing indie pop from the current decade.

Have you picked up your guitar yet?

Did you seriously make it through that whole list of guitar tabs for beginners without even picking up your guitar to try one?

What are you waiting for? That instrument is not going to play itself, and your brain isn’t going to magically learn how to read a guitar tab.

Pick that new baby of yours up and play it. That’s one of the best ways you can care for it.

Do you have a guitar strap yet?

Want to design a custom guitar strap? Want us to create something for you?

Either way, you oughta know what your guitar strap says about you. And you have to get a guitar strap that fits your body as much as your personality, because it’s hard to play guitar comfortably without one.

And you’re going to be playing a whole lot – right?

Guitar straps make a good gift to yourself or a loved one.

Got guitar questions? Got more guitar tabs for beginners to share?

We’re here to talk all things guitar. Don’t hesitate to get in touch.