At fourteen, I had it in my head that I was a virtuoso and able to play every instrument in the world. I got a guitar and a four chord songbook, and set about teaching myself. I didn’t get far. I learned G, Em, C and D, realised that most of the songs in the songbook weren’t very good, and I lost all enthusiasm for playing the guitar.
Four years after the purchase of my guitar, I’ve expanded my guitar skill to include A and Am7 chords. My grand total of six chords may not seem impressive but I can play a fair few songs with them. Also they are the easiest guitar chords ever. I’ve now amassed a repertoire of songs that I actually enjoy playing. Bear in mind that these are purely chords, I’m nowhere near good enough to know how to read tabs, let alone play them.
- Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches (G, C*)
- Goodnight, Bad Morning – The Kills (G, C) (transposed up one semitone)
- Swallowed In The Sea – Coldplay (G, D, C, Em, Am7**) (transposed down two semitones from this version)
- Hear You Me – Jimmy Eat World (D, A, Em, G)
- Pale Blue Eyes – The Velvet Underground (G, C, Em, D) (transposed up two semitones)
- We’re Going To Be Friends – The White Stripes (G, C, D, A)
*Actually Cmaj7 but C sounds pretty much the same.
**Actually Am but Am7 is easier to play. Also the bridge is Am, C, G, D, not Em, C, G, D as the online chords say. LIARS.