I think it’s best to get new guitar students playing simple melodies as soon as possible. The song I always seem to go to as “the very first song” is the very familiar “Ode to Joy”. You can easily pick it out without written music, and it’s good to learn how to “play by ear”.
I guess because I’m older I hate paper sheet music. The music stand is never in the right place. Or it falls over. Or the music falls off. Or I can’t see it because the lighting isn’t right. That’s why, whenever I can, I play from a computer screen. I know, I know. It can
Blue Suede Shoes” was written by Carl Perkins in 1955 when he was recording at legendary Sun Records in Memphis. Fellow recording legend, Johnny Cash told Perkins of an airman he had met when serving in the military in Germany, who had referred to his military regulation airmen’s shoes as “blue suede shoes”. Cash suggested
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“Perfect” written and recorded by Ed Sheeran, is a romantic ballad written about his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, whom he knew from school and reconnected with when she was working in New York. Check out the “Perfect” practice track. – http://practicetracks.org/Samples
You may not think of the Beach Boys as a classic rock and roll band, but in fact many of their early songs sprang directly from rock pioneers like Chuck Berry. “Fun, Fun, Fun” is a perfect example. The guitar work is pure Chuck Berry with words and harmonies run through the unmistakable surf music
When asked about the lyrical content of the record, Mars stated that “[he] just [writes] songs that [he] strongly believe in and that are coming from inside. There’s no tricks. It’s honesty with big melodies. And [he is] singing the s*** out of them.” Mars explained in another interview that after writing and producing songs
“Hey Soul Sister” was written by Train lead singer Pat Monahan. The words allude to his vision of the Burning Man celebration held ever year in the Nevada desert. The ukulele was added at the last minute because, “these words were meant to dance with the ukulele.” Check out the “Hey Soul Sister” practice track.
“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” was written by John Fogarty in the early 70’s, and was recorded by the band fronted by Fogarty, Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was their biggest hit and last one before they broke up in 1972. Check out the “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” practice track.