Chord progressions & essential songs

Essential chord progressions for Level 1

Here I will list the chord sequences you should practice for this level. These are the essential sequences you should to be able to play before moving on to the next level. Some of these are the same or similar to certain songs at each level of the course, and I’ll name the songs as we go.

Chord sequence 1 (Similar to ’For What It’s Worth’)

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Strum an E chord on every beat to a slow count. This should also be done along with Andy in the video above. As with all these chord sequences, repeat this a few times to an even count

Chord sequence 2 (Similar to ‘Silence is Easy’)

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Play 2 bars of E and 2 bars of A, strumming on the beat for around 2 minutes

Chord sequence 3 (Similar to ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘Three is a Magic Number’)

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Play 2 beats of E then 2 beats of A on the beat to an even count for around 2 minutes, then do this along to the drumbeat.

Recommended songs for Level 1

Here I list the essential songs from each level so you can fast track the beginner’s course. The 10 songs at each level are chosen not only because of the chords, but also because of the other skills they allow you to acquire. Be wary of just choosing the songs you’ve heard of already! In private lesson, I suggest songs to develop skills that a student needs to work on. Here I pass on my most common song suggestions to fast track you to the next level!

‘For What Its Worth’ by Buffalo Springfield (Click each title for link to song lesson!)

My absolute beginner’s lesson, so make sure you can do this! Ideally practice this on the beat to the drum loop on the website here, or even better the original song itself!

Science Is Easy by Starsailor

Similar chord sequence to the song above, but here it’s 2 bars of E. This checks that you understand bar and beats, and gives you the option of a higher level strumming pattern!

‘Love Me Do’ by The Beatles

The Beatles have so many songs that are great for beginners, I’ve chosen this one as it’s the same chords as before but to a different timing. This one has quicker changes and an introduction to song structure and the guitar capo- don’t skip this!

If you have an electric guitar and Amp, try either of the U2 ones –Elevation or When Love Comes To Town so you can crank the overdrive!

Now lets make sure your practicing the right things in the next lesson - practice routine for level 1!