10 Easy To Play Songs With Only Open Chords

Songs that are easy to play to keep you motivated.

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As a music teacher, I am always looking for songs that are easy to play to keep my students motivated. Below, are the chord progressions of 10 songs I regularly teach them. All the songs are in 4/4.

The “|” indicates bar lines. Please be aware that no repeats have been included in the way I wrote the progressions. I have simplified them without repeats to keep the songs summarized. If you are unfamiliar with any of the chords, please click here for a reference. Have fun!

1) Marry You (Bruno Mars)

Capo fret 3

Verses & chorus:

D | D | Em | Em |

G | G | D | D |

2) Royals (Lorde)

Verses & chorus

D | D | C | G |

3) Firework (Katie Perry)

Verses & chorus:

G | Am | C | D |

4) Hot n’ Cold (Katie Perry)

Verses & chorus:

D | A | Em | G |

5) Hey Jude (The Beatles)

Capo fret 3

Verses:

D | A | A | D |

G | D | A | D |

Bridge:

D7 | G | Em | A7 |

D | D7 | G | Em |

A7 | D | D7 A7 | A7 |

Outro:

D | C | G | D |

6) Opportunity (Pete Murray)

Capo fret 1

Verses:

G | Em | G | Em |

C | Am | C | Am |

Chorus:

G | D | Am | C |

7) Stand by Me (Ben E. King)

Verses & chorus

G | G | Em | Em |

C | D7 | G | G |

8) Rise (Gabrielle)

Capo fret 1

Verses & chorus

G Am | D | G Am | D |

9) I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U2)

Capo fret 4

Intro:

A | A | A | A |

Verses:

A | A | A | A |

D | D | A | A |

Chorus:

E | D | A | A |

10) Dancing Barefoot (Patty Smith)

Intro & verses:

Em D | Em A | Em D | Em A |

Pre-chorus:

Em D | Em D | Em D | Em D |

Chorus:

G | A | C | D |

Em | A | C | D |

Solo:

Em D | Em A | Em D | Em A |

G | A | C | D |

Em D | Em A | Em D | Em A |

About The Author: Paulo is a songwriter and music teacher living in Sydney, Australia. Read other articles by him at http://www.doremistudios.com.au/blog/

2 comments sorted by best / new / date

    pg19081968
    Yes...and a capo! : But I thought the title was long enough. Anyway, you can still play the songs without a capo. Just don't play along with the recording as the pitch will clash.