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Old 02-09-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Songs that only consist of G D C and EM

I've only been playing guitar for about three weeks or so now but, I love it already. Sadly I only know four chords. I don't want to give myself too much to learn. Anyway what are some good songs that have the G D C and EM.

Some I found are as follows.

The Cranberries - Zombie

Lana del rey - Never Let Me Go

Sum41 - Pieces

Linkin Park - Numb

Jason Marsden - I'm Yours

Pearl Jam - Last Kiss

Sublime - What I Got (Without the breakdown)


Thanks!

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Old 02-09-2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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you can play a lot of songs in the key of G using G, D and C if you don't mind transposing - like half the pop and folks songs from the 60s to the 80s and a fair amount of pop songs from all time. a lot less songs would additionally use Em.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:32 PM   #3
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you can play a lot of songs in the key of G using G, D and C if you don't mind transposing - like half the pop and folks songs from the 60s to the 80s and a fair amount of pop songs from all time. a lot less songs would additionally use Em.

This.

and Every Rose Has It's Thorn.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:48 PM   #4
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This.

and Every Rose Has It's Thorn.


I would have never thought that was an easy song. Thank you.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:50 PM   #5
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:41 PM   #6
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as long as we're on ALice in Chains..."dont follow" is only D and G. its picked but a really simple pattern.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:26 PM   #7
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Neil Young/ Linda Ronstadt, "Love is a Rose".

If you're willing to learn Am, (Which is real similar to C major), you get Bruce Springsteen, "The River". His "Cadillac Ranch" already is G, C, & D.

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you can play a lot of songs in the key of G using G, D and C if you don't mind transposing - like half the pop and folks songs from the 60s to the 80s and a fair amount of pop songs from all time. a lot less songs would additionally use Em.
You're 100% absolutely correct......(wait for it).....But, can you sing it in G?

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To G, or not to G, that is the question....
...... ................ argh....
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:28 PM   #8
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And almost every Avett Brothers song ever...

Realistically there are WAY too many to list
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:10 PM   #9
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Add A and B chords and you'll have every AC/DC tune.
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Add A and B chords and you'll have every AC/DC tune.

I plan to learn A and B a little later lol. Thanks for all the song suggestions everyone.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:42 PM   #11
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Wagon wheel - Old crow medicine show (capo on the 2nd fret)
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:44 PM   #12
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Neil Young/ Linda Ronstadt, "Love is a Rose".

If you're willing to learn Am, (Which is real similar to C major), you get Bruce Springsteen, "The River". His "Cadillac Ranch" already is G, C, & D.

You're 100% absolutely correct......(wait for it).....But, can you sing it in G?

...... ................ argh....

Am seems easy but, not just yet. I'm not sure what my octave is currently but, I can hit the high note of Creep by Radiohead. Lol does that answer your question?

Obviously, I'm super new to this sorry.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:51 PM   #13
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I think Redemption song is with those chords, but with Am as well? Give it a go?
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:27 PM   #14
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you can play a lot of songs in the key of G using G, D and C if you don't mind transposing - like half the pop and folks songs from the 60s to the 80s and a fair amount of pop songs from all time. a lot less songs would additionally use Em.
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You're 100% absolutely correct......(wait for it).....But, can you sing it in G?

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Am seems easy but, not just yet. I'm not sure what my octave is currently but, I can hit the high note of Creep by Radiohead. Lol does that answer your question?

Obviously, I'm super new to this sorry.
As you can see from the above exchange my statement wasn't really directed to you. Nor was the "you" intended as a personal pronoun. "The "royal you", (which means "anyone"), was intended.

I'll rephrase. Yes any song can be transposed to the key of G, but every vocalist may not be able sing it in G.

As far as "Radiohead's" material goes, I'm so old I wouldn't know a Radiohead song if you smacked me in the headphones with it.

If you would like to know you singing classification and range, your best bet is to get with a voice coach, which could be a school glee club director, a choir director, a choir member, etc.

"Reverse engineering every thing you play to G major", is only going to work to a certain degree as you attempt to move forward with guitar. After a certain point, it's going to hold you back.

G major is indeed the easiest key to master on the guitar. However, there are seven tones in the scale, and there is a chord that harmonizes with each and every one.

The G major scale and the 7 basic chords related to it: G (G major, A (A minor), B (B minor), C (C major), D (D major or D7), E (E minor), F# (F# diminished).

The most often used chords in G major are: G, Am, C, D, Em. So you need to learn Am, and all you have to do to get that, is move 1 finger from C major.

But, I'm going to give you the best G, D, C three chord ever written anyway!

"I Fought the Law", by the "Bobby Fuller Four" (Supposedly Buddy Holly's backup band "The Crickets", recording under another name). (The Clash did it also, but in either D or A, not sure).

Anyway, the key on the record is Ab major, but they're using a capo on the first fret and playing in G.

(Wait til you hear the rhythm pattern, great fun)!

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Old 02-11-2013, 12:40 PM   #15
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The tune I've been polishing currently is in that key and uses that progression....
"Randall Collins" by Normal Blake. Bluegrass so likely not what you're looking for...

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Old 03-07-2013, 07:52 PM   #16
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If you like lana del rey... I just posted a pretty simple tab for the song pawn shop blues you might like!
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:14 AM   #17
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You could play an all-chord (e.g. No fingerpicking) version of "Broken" by Seether. I believe it just goes Em-C-Em-C-Em-C-D-D for the verses and C-Em-D for the chorus.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:36 PM   #18
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I think with three weeks playing you will have little understanding.

Try this: Go to guitar tabs on this site and type in a song you are learning. On the left hand side of the page there's a Transpose button. Transpose the song to G and sing along, Then transpose to A, Keep transposing until you can sing and cover the whole song comfortably. This will be the key you sing in. Now go learn your songs in this key. Just remember when you play with someone else they may sing in a different key. After awhile you will learn how to transpose in your head. Now go learn some good Rock. Cheers
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:43 PM   #19
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Well Tuxs, it's officially been a month since this thread was started.

Personally I hope that our TS has soldiered out of his comfort zone, into the wild frontier of learning a 5th chord (*), A minor.

(*) Numerical value of chords known, not a "5", or "power chord".

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Old 03-10-2013, 07:21 AM   #20
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anything by green day LOL
not dissing green day just its quite true haha
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oh and axis of awesome four chord song is pretty cool transpose it though
they do it in the key of e

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