If you have no intention of ever becoming a guitar virtuoso, if you only want to learn the basics so you can play simple songs for, say, your kindergarten class or for summer campers around a bonfire, then you can probably survive on AGAD songs. Sometimes, these are also called DAGA songs. The chords A G and D are the most basic you’ll learn when studying the guitar. Throw in C and Em and you can probably start rocking. While you’re at it, learn F as well, and you can rightly claim that you do know how to play the guitar.
Some simple songs to play around the campfire, for instance, are John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Camptown Races” (you know, doodah, doodah). If you’re more the contemporary type, Coldplay songs are really quite easy to play. If you’re young and think Taylor Swift is a musician, you can also start with her songs. Beginners should not start with the Goo Goo Dolls’ songs because John Rzeznik’s idea of fun is to keep people who do their covers tuning their guitar. You can use a capo, of course, but the distinction isn’t that clear. You could also learn some generic blues-y arrangements that you can improv to. You can literally sing about anything – from dead dogs and lost loves to curved glass Melbourne artisans make and deep-dish pizza Chicago pizzerias serve.
However, if you have a vision of yourself seriously shredding guitar, then you’ll need to go beyond AGAD and learn some fancy guitar styling.
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