#1
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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#2
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 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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This.

and Every Rose Has It's Thorn.


I would have never thought that was an easy song. Thank you.
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#6
as long as we're on ALice in Chains..."dont follow" is only D and G. its picked but a really simple pattern.
#7
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?

To G, or not to G, that is the question....
...... ................ argh....
#8
Aeroplane Over The Sea- Neutral Milk Hotel

And almost every Avett Brothers song ever...

Realistically there are WAY too many to list
#9
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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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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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?

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


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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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#16
If you like lana del rey... I just posted a pretty simple tab for the song pawn shop blues you might like!
#17
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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#18
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
#19
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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#20
anything by green day LOL
not dissing green day just its quite true haha
goodluck with the guitar
get a tutor

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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#21
Brow Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
London Calling by The Clash (though they are bar chords on the recording)
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#22
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Brow Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Possibly at least a tie for the "best I, IV, V chord song ever". Although, Morrison does cheat by adding the vi...
#23
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Possibly at least a tie for the "best I, IV, V chord song ever". Although, Morrison does cheat by adding the vi...


It's stil a dance floor filler regardless of ages. What a home run from Van!
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It's stil a dance floor filler regardless of ages. What a home run from Van!
As a song for strumming, the melodies offer an almost endless possibilities for rhythmic experimentation. You can't play it wrong, you can only have a good performance of it, or a great one!

After playing it, the question really becomes, "now what the hell am I going to play for an encore"....?

Always a great song, and I've known it for more than four decades.
#25
Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)- Greenday You can turn that one into strumming or fingerpick it, or use a pick as is done in the original. It's nice for working on your fingerpicking and is just the chords you mentioned.
3am- Matchbox20 (The original has a capo on the first fret, i imagine for making it easier for him to sing to, but it really doesn't sound far off to play it without the capo, and you may be able to sing it that way)
I Remember You- Skid Row
Home- Daughtry
Sweet Child of Mine- Guns n Roses
Patience- Guns n Roses

I'm pretty sure those all fit the requirements. I may have forgotten an extra chord in one or two of them, but they're primarily G-C-D songs that can be played on acoustic. Good luck!
#26
I like making compilations of songs
The current one I'm doing has:
Price tag
Perfect
Jar of hearts
Little things
We are never ever getting back together
U + ur hand
Love story
Baby


I'm gonna add a few more songs including I'm yours


Hope I helped
#27
Live Forever by Oasis has an Am in there too but I'd bet you're able to play it no problem.
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We are never ever getting back together
Pretty much the same thing could be said for the rest of Ms. Swift's offerings.

The trouble would be keying them for a male singer, not to mention the fact the majority of her material would simply be topically inappropriate.
#29
Superman - Five for Fighting
Man In The Mirror - MJ
Let it Be - The Beatles
Under The Bridge - RHCP
Glycerine - Bush

etc. It's pretty standard
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