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Top 5 easy songs to learn on electric guitar

Cameron, in Music lessons
Nov 25, 2020 | 1 min read

Have you just bought your first electric guitar, but don’t know what to practice or which songs to learn? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this list. Here are our top 5 song recommendations for beginners to learn the fundamentals of electric guitar. 

  1. Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple)
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Smoke On The Water’s guitar riff is considered one of the all-time classics. Besides sounding great, it is also incredibly easy to play. 

Learning this song will teach you:

  • The fundamentals of power chords 
  • Basic rock techniques 
  • Harmonies

Being such a simple song, you will also be able to quickly get started jamming with friends.


  1. Enter Sandman (Metallica)
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Another iconic but easy to play song is Enter Sandman by Metallica. There are a lot of great techniques used in this song.

Learning this song will teach you:

  • Palm muting
  • Sliding
  • String skipping 

This makes Enter Sandman a great choice for beginners looking to quickly learn a variety of common guitar techniques.


  1. Iron Man (Black Sabbath)
My Mixtape: "Ironman," by Black Sabbath | KALW

Aspiring rock guitarists will love learning this classic song by Black Sabbath.  Besides being lots of fun to play, Iron Man features many techniques you can use in your own playing.

Learning this song will teach you:

  • Power chords
  • Sliding
  • Pentatonic scale


  1. Creep (Radiohead)
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One of Radiohead’s most popular songs, Creep is an excellent choice to practice your rhythm and fingerpicking fundamentals. 

Learning this song will teach you:

  • Fingerpicking fundamentals
  • Open and bar chord positions
  • Chord transitions

Fingerpicking is definitely a less commonly used technique on the electric guitar, but it is still great to learn as it will translate well to your acoustic playing too. 


  1. Back In Black (AC/DC)
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Back in Black’s riff features only 3 chords – A, D and E, making it a very easy song for beginners to learn and memorize.

Learning this song will teach you:

  • A great introduction to power chords
  • Simple lead guitar parts

This song sounds harder than it actually is, and your friends will definitely be impressed when you play this for them. 


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