23 March 2009

Two Chord Guitar Songs – Eleanor Rigby

Two chord guitar songs are a popular topic with reader's of Not Playing Guitar. I've found some more of these for you and I'll be posting them over the coming weeks for those of you hungry for simple two chord songs to play.

Eleanor Rigby Single Cover

Today's two chord song ranked 137 in Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time and should be familiar to a lot of you. Eleanor Rigby is a haunting Beatles' song about loneliness from their 1966 album Revolver.

You can play this song on guitar with just the two chords C and Em.

It could hardly be simpler, so grab your guitar and get practicing without further ado. You might like to stop off at Ultimate Guitar to view the chords and lyrics to Eleanor Rigby, or learn more about the song's story.

I'd love to learn more about the reasons you are looking for two chord songs. Let me know by leaving a comment on this post - click the "Post a comment" link or use the form below.

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Kevin Cloud said...

I look for 2-chord songs for my "absolute beginner" students, so they can start making actual music right away and tyhus less likely to become discouraged.

Gary Fletcher said...

Hi Kevin, thanks for your comment. It's true that having real songs to learn and play is a great motivator. I hope you found some good beginner song ideas.

Daisy M. said...

I use two chord songs because it is much simpler to learn when your trying to teach yourself songs without any help. Thanks for putting this up!

Gary Fletcher said...

Hi Daisy, thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed the song.

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