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. Most people who learn online just chose the songs from the list they know or like. In private lessons, I suggest songs that the student wouldn’t naturally pick, but after trying them, they like it and they feel the benefit. Here I offer you the same advice so you can fast track through each level easily.
Recommended songs for Level 2
Lean On Me by Bill Withers
Introduction of how a song would be written in a songbook style, i.e. without bar lines. The easiest song here, and a great one to try singing along to without having to count!
Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
A great song to showcase your 8ths all down strumming, quite slow and without any quick changes
I Can’t Explain by The Who OR Wild Thing by The Troggs
Either of these songs is ideal as your first easy guitar ‘Riff’. A riff is anything short and recognisable- so this is a great thing to show off to your friends and play in front of people as it sounds great on its own! Nothing wrong with learning both, but you don’t have to
Johnny Be Goode by Chuck Berry OR Hound Dog by Elvis
Both are examples of a 12 bar blues with the chords you know. Plus- Chuck Berry and the King? Who wouldn’t want to learn these!