24 May 2010

5 Easy Acoustic Guitar Songs From The 60s

The 60s is known as the golden age of pop, a time when this music was fresh and new, a time too when some of the best guitar music was made by legendary groups like The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. This article presents 5 easy acoustic guitar songs from the swinging sixties.

Bob Dylan, Blowin' In The Wind

Another hugely influential artist of the sixties American folk scene, Bob Dylan's discography offers numerous opportunities to find easy acoustic guitar songs to play.

I've chosen Blowin' In The Wind, the first song I ever learned to play on guitar with the three open guitar chords A, D and E. Check out more Bob Dylan titles for easy to play acoustic guitar songs to increase your repertoire.

The Beatles, Love, Love Me Do

The emblematic pop group of the sixties The Beatles stormed the charts world wide with numerous hits. Love Me Do was their first single released on 5 October 1962 and is easy to play with four simple guitar chords. It's also easy to get everyone to sing along to, everybody knows this one.

On the verses the song alternates between G and C chords. For the bridge play D, C, F and G twice.

The Rolling Stones, Can't Get No Satisfaction

The Rolling Stones is another legendary group with its origins in the 1960's. Released in 1965, I Can't Get No Satisfaction became their fourth UK number one and is one of their most familiar hits. The song made the number two spot in Rolling Stone magazines 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

All you need to play this legendary title are the easy open guitar chords A, D and E.

Simon and Garfunkel, Sound Of Silence

Think of the sixties and acoustic guitar and the sounds of the duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel is never far away. These beatnik poets symbolize the spirit of 60s America.

The Sound Of Silence is their best known hit and propelled them to stardom, reaching number one on new year's day 1966. Play it on acoustic guitar with Em, D, C and G chords.

Donovan, Colours

Another acoustic guitar song I learned early on from British folk singer Donovan. This beautiful song sounds really great with a simple finger picking arrangement, but you can simply strum along and it will sound just fine. Uses the open guitar chords D and G for the verse and an additional A7 on the chorus.

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J.T. said...


For The Sound of Silence, do you know the picking pattern to go with those chords?


Gary Fletcher said...

Hi John, a good place to learn the picking pattern is the Songsterr tab player. Click here for the Sound Of Silence. If tab is not your thing, there's a good video lesson if you click here.

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