5 Easy Classic Rock Songs for Beginner Guitar Players

Being a beginner guitar player can be frustrating. Songs need to be both easy and fun to play in order to keep you engaged and practicing. Lucky for you, I have compiled a list of 5 classic rock songs you will be thankful that you learned! These classic rock songs can be played with either an acoustic or electric guitar and all of them use an E Standard tuning.

Deep Purple – Smoke on The Water


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This classic song has it all; an easy-to-play and iconic intro, a manageable solo, and some simple movements up and down the neck to get you used to moving your fingers around.

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


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Guess what!? Arguably the most legendary classic guitar riff in history is also one of the easiest to play. Don’t believe me? Check out the guides below.

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Led Zeppelin – Misty Mountain Hop


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Who isn’t a fan of Jimmy Page’s work? If you are, then you quickly realize that covering a Led Zeppelin song is no easy task. Misty Mountain Hop has an easy-to-learn guitar riff and will have you saying, “Yea, I know how to play some Led Zeppelin,” in no time.

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Van Halen – You Really Got Me


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This classic rock song was originally made famous by The Kinks in 1964 and covered by Van Halen in 1978. It is often preceded by a performance of another Van Halen classic, Eruption. But, don’t let that scare you. The song consists of all power chords and is easily learnable by a beginner.

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Bob Dylan – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door


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Consisting of four beginner chords (G, Am, C, and D) and a steady rhythm, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is a perfect beginner song. The best thing is that it has been covered in dozens of different styles. Find your’s and make it your own!

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