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Easy Songs for Guitar- Levels 4 - 6
Level 4 New Chord: C
Running Bear - Level 4- G, D7, A7, C
here's an old favourite- fun to sing, and nice, slow chord changes.
The change from G to C and back is quite a big re-arrangement of your fingers.
You may want to play the G chord as below,so that your 2nd and 3rd fingers are in a better position to change to C
(though then the change to D7 isn't as easy-
but lots of people prefer this G).
Other songs you may know at Level 4:
YELLOW SUBMARINE - Level 4 - G, D7, C
ROSE of ALLENDALE (the Corries) - Level 4-5 - G,D7,C (Em)
Level 5 New Chord: Em (Emin)
This is an easy chord to add to your repertoire, and it sounds great!
Here's another great, easy-to-play Dylan song:
Here's the classic Aussie song- the most common version, with an easy backing (though a few fast chord changes). Use your capo to raise the pitch if it's too low for you:
WALTZING MATILDA - Level 5 - G, D7, C, Em
SOUNDS OF SILENCE - in Em - Level 5 - G, D, C, Em
This song can be a bit high to sing in the original Am version, so I've changed it to an easy key, Em. However, this will probably be a bit low to sing, so try it with a capo on the 2nd fret (this will bring the actual key pitch up 2 semitones to F#m), or even on the 3rd fret (Gm).
I've also written out a version of this song in F#m, when you feel like trying a bar chord- see my List of Songs for Guitar.
When I play this song, I use a soft finger-picking pattern at the start : B132, 4132 with some variations as I go, then for the more dramatic verses I strum with my fingers in this kind of pattern ( v = down stroke, ^ = upstroke):
V ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ V v ^, ^ v (^) V ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ V v ^, ^ v (^)
- And in the na-ked light I saw, - ten thou sand peo-ple may-be more-
It’s really a case of listening to the recording and getting an idea of the rhythm and backing style, then playing around with finger-picking and strumming until you get something that sounds OK to you. Lots of practice!
OTHER SONGS AT LEVEL 5:
Level 6 New Chord: G7
This lovely old song*, recorded by Linda Ronstadt, is a perfect one to practise changing from C to G7. Make a C as above; now lift your fingers just a little off the fingerboard- keep your 2nd and 3rd fingers near each other- and you just open out your fingers a bit, then press down to make the G7.
(*OK, it is a bit morbid- but a lovely tune.)Keep practising- it's a nice, easy change once you get used to it.. Remember to keep your thumb down in the middle of the neck at the back, and arch your hand around to the front, so your fingers can reach.
Note: try using a capo on the 2nd or 3rd fret if the song is too low for you to sing in C.
There's quite a few chords in this song, but they should all be familiar by now: G, D, D7, C, Em and G7.
The G7 comes straight after a G, so if you want, you can use the alternative G (above) so your 2nd and 3rd fingers are in position for D, G7 and C.
We sing this one in A, so we put the capo on the 2nd fret if we're playing the G chords (this brings the key up 2 semitones- from G to G#[=Ab], then to A.
Creedence Clearwater Revival is still inspiring to listen to, and here's one of their classics- an easy pace, with spaced chord changes, and just 4 chords- D, A7, G and G7. The G7 is used instead of the G chord to give the backing a bit of tension- more interesting than the regular G.
This is a simplified version of this old song, using just 2 chords. It's nice and slow, too, so it's ideal for practising the C to G7 change.
Other songs you may know at Level 6:
ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI - Level 6 - G, C, D7, G7