so i thought i would ask you nice folks the best songs for total begginers to learn with?
If we could compile a list of songs with tabs or notes that would be great and hopefully stop guitar meeting the wall at force with the 1000th poor rendition of smoke on the water

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learn with any song you like.  find it on youtube and play the heck out of it.  I used "Sweet Home Chicago" to tune and play in every one of the CBGs I built in my first year.  It was helpful to learn with.

 

Other than that go to McNally's Strumstick website and look up their folk song play book.  Simple 2 and 3 chord songs are also helpful...

 

hope this helps,

 

the best,

 

wichita sam

Three string fretless is what I'm working on. Done a bunch of noodling, but easy blues songs are my next goal.

Thomas,

for starting out on any fretless, make sure that you are properly tuned...(I use get-tuned.com's guitar tuner), get a slide that your comfortable with (I'd advice starting on the pinky or ring finger, you'll want the other two later for fretting behind the slide and it's a bitch to unlearn what you've begun with) and make sure you technique is good (slide square across the neck in all positions).

 

Then learn the 1-IV-V positions in every key (song that you play), including inverted chord positions (where IV and V might be below the 1 position on the neck....

 

Then just play and play.  nothing like the wood shed to get you playing fast... oh, and... had fun!!!!!

 

the best,

 

Wichita Sam

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/video/scales-are-fun
Try that. Learning 'songs' one at a time may seem to be the way forward..
This is a very 'guitar centric' way of thinking in my experience. There is no substitute for running scales :)

Howdy TPK, and thank you for re-posting that video, as many of us had not even heard of a CBG when you first made that video. 

So thank you:

(1) for taking the time to make that video back in 2011

(2) for making the effort here today in trying to help us

PS - I'll bet there is a follow up video in making soon....right?....please.

Now it is up the us 'newbies' to quit moaning, stop looking for shortcuts, and start PRACTICING ON A REGULAR BASIS!  That way we will be ready for your next video in a few months.

Kind regards....

kieta

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