There have been some great rock tunes written on the acoustic guitar, and many of those are pretty darn easy to play for beginners as well.
I've assembled a list of 3 easy to play rock songs on the acoustic guitar. If you're just starting out so long as you know your major and minor chords you should be able to figure these out.
I've provided the chords you need to know for each song, and if you would like the exact pattern you can always look for the chord progression on a guitar tab website. The best way to learn them how ever is probably to listen to the songs a couple of times and then pick them out by ear.
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
I can still remember playing this song. There are a few variations of it floating around, some easier then others, but over all it's probably the easiest and most fun song on the list.
There are only four chords in the whole song: G, C, D and Em.
Listen to the song and I'm sure you'll be able to pick up your guitar after the first verse and chorus and begin to play along. This is also a great song to strum and sing at the same time if you're able to.
Patience – Guns N' Roses
Everyone who's a guitar fan loves a little GNR. This is one of the classics on their second album Lies. This is one of the only acoustic hits Guns N Roses had during their original career, not counting their recent come back.
You can play this song on the acoustic with only five different chords: C, G, D, A and Em.
There are several great tabs and chord sites which have the pattern out there but I believe if you listen to the song a couple of times you'll pick it up pretty quick knowing that those are the chords used.
About A Girl – Nirvana
I couldn't leave this song off the list since it's one of the first songs I learned to play on the acoustic guitar. Another easy one for beginners Kurt Cobain was never known for his complexity but rather his simplicity.
The best version of this song to learn was recorded on their live MTV unplugged concert in the early nineties. If you can get a hold of that version it's fantastic on the acoustic.
To play about a girl you'll need to know the chords: Em, G, C# and F#
This is another great song to sing and play if you can.
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Learning to Play Guitar – 3 Easy Acoustic Rock Songs