Easy Folk Songs for Beginning Guitarists

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The following songs represent some of the most popular songs in folk music that can be played fairly easily on guitar. The choice of songs was meant to challenge—there are some songs included which may require fingerpicking and other techniques you’re unfamiliar with. Try using these songs as the basis for learning a new guitar technique.

Just because it’s folk doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy to play. Although in general, the chords in the above songs aren’t too hard to tackle, it’s often the fingerpicking of these sort of song that presents a challenge to guitarists. This list of top fingerpicking songs can help you practice this technique even more.

Leaving on a Jet Plane (John Denver)

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Leaving on a Jet Plane chords
Leaving on a Jet Plane (Spotify)

The original version of this song involves a bunch of finger-picking, which is far too complex for the absolute beginner guitarist. Instead, reference the tab, and strum once per bar, to get the hang of basic chord changes… it won’t sound like the recording, but you can practice working on your fretting hand fingering. NOTE: to see the guitar part in the tab, select “piano” in the instrument pull down (doesn’t make sense, but it’s an error in the tab itself)

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