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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 9:48 am    Post subject: Songs for beginners... to play Reply with quote

So, I've been asking Swami, and just checking out some stuff on my own (mainly at rukind.org).
What are some good songs for beginner guitar players?
As I was certain would happen, having started playing guitar myself, it added an entirely new level of appreciation for what the GD was doing up there.
One thing that is really amazing is the lack of "chords" in many songs. Bobby was more creative than that, it would seem.
Anyhow, on my own attempts, here is a summary of some beginner level songs:

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Good Morning Little Schoolgirl: Once you get the intro down, which is just some blues, the chords to this cover are not only quite easy, but you can play around with the strumming throughout the song quite easily and come up with interesting twists.

Morning Dew: Good for distortion, which also means, forgiving. You can make more mistakes. It is also a good song to learn because it forces you to learn the F chord, which was initially quite daunting for me. It is a cover, of course.

Standing on the Moon: I only have the chords for this one, but it is highly recognizable, and sprinkled with some quick chord changes without being overwhelming. It also has a walk-up/down feature in the bridge that is a pretty cool trick in general... C> G/B > Am (or back).

Ship of Fools: Easy intro, and the chords are fun, for this timeless song. It has a crazy chord in it that is awesome in the context of the song. The solo is well beyond me still, with all sorts of bends, releases, and vibrates, on quite high notes where my fat fingers are still pretty clumsy.


Any others out there I should try?


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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a Dead song but cover - Last Time is easy and a good take-off point.

I also got into Other One (e-minor). You can not screw that up b/c well it's TOO.

FOTD is also easy to learn and play

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hugo Fugazi wrote:
Not a Dead song but cover - Last Time is easy and a good take-off point.

I also got into Other One (e-minor). You can not screw that up b/c well it's TOO.

FOTD is also easy to learn and play

Good call on mentioning being a cover, I went back and added that.

Last Time seems like a good call. I will check that out. I'm not a last time hater either.

FOTD? I found that to be pretty tough, intro wise. Maybe just the chords would be easier? I figure if I can't hit the intro I won't even allow myself to do the chords.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ripple. Koch, sounds like you are playing electric. Ipersonally play my acoustic way more than my electric. Two entirely different techniques. Sounds like your diggin; it and that's the important thing.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have only done acoustic. Not for a long time. With FOTD, I only did chords. I have talent that I have totally squandered. I got to where I could figure any chord by listening to anything on tape or radio & apply. Even with long fingers & big hands I had a hard time getting B bar chords to mash down on acoustic. Might go back to it, but time is the issue now.

Best advice I can give is play with other people. I never cared, just jumped in and improvised. It was amazing some of the stuff that came out.

Have fun!

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fillmoreeast wrote:
Ripple. Koch, sounds like you are playing electric. Ipersonally play my acoustic way more than my electric. Two entirely different techniques. Sounds like your diggin; it and that's the important thing.

Yeah, I was just borrowing the acoustic. I'll buy one one day, but no time soon. I don't have the scratch for now.
I'm definitely digging it!

Hugo Fugazi wrote:
I have only done acoustic. Not for a long time. With FOTD, I only did chords. I have talent that I have totally squandered. I got to where I could figure any chord by listening to anything on tape or radio & apply. Even with long fingers & big hands I had a hard time getting B bar chords to mash down on acoustic. Might go back to it, but time is the issue now.

Best advice I can give is play with other people. I never cared, just jumped in and improvised. It was amazing some of the stuff that came out.

Have fun!

B Chord is a tough one, but none scares me more than the C#m...
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
fillmoreeast wrote:
Ripple. Koch, sounds like you are playing electric. Ipersonally play my acoustic way more than my electric. Two entirely different techniques. Sounds like your diggin; it and that's the important thing.

Yeah, I was just borrowing the acoustic. I'll buy one one day, but no time soon. I don't have the scratch for now.
I'm definitely digging it!

Hugo Fugazi wrote:
I have only done acoustic. Not for a long time. With FOTD, I only did chords. I have talent that I have totally squandered. I got to where I could figure any chord by listening to anything on tape or radio & apply. Even with long fingers & big hands I had a hard time getting B bar chords to mash down on acoustic. Might go back to it, but time is the issue now.

Best advice I can give is play with other people. I never cared, just jumped in and improvised. It was amazing some of the stuff that came out.

Have fun!

B Chord is a tough one, but none scares me more than the C#m...
Great advise from Hugo about playing with other people.It took me thousands of attempts before I could Make barre chords cleanly. Like the old joke goes."How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" Practice! Glad to hear your havin' fun with it.

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adding another to the list:
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It Must Have Been The Roses: Relatively simple chord structure. Still working on the timing, which Swami has informed me is 6/8. The intro is a fun little bit too.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Made a breakthrough last night with "Days Between"... figured out it is played near the bottom of the fret board, in alternate positions, rather than the top...

As for FOTD, it is easy! I gave up on the solo and intro, and just play the chords, very fun and easy song.

I Fought The Law is another song I have been cracking the code on... played mainly at the middle of the fret board... it's a fun tune that requires excellent timing. Simple enough other than that.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too recently started playing Days Beyween. Beautiful tune. Dire Wolf is fun to play and not too difficult. How's your singing Rob?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been foolin' around with High Time.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In many cases Garcia's songs are more melodic than Weirs making them easier to memorize and play.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fillmoreeast wrote:
In many cases Garcia's songs are more melodic than Weirs making them easier to memorize and play.

That's a good point!
I missed your question about my singing... it's atrocious! Hahhaha

These days I've been messing with Liberty, Death Don't, I Shall Be Released, Throwing Stones, Black Peter, BTW, HCS, Big RR and the cowboy medley tunes... those are fun.

Unfortunately my schooling is keeping me rather occupied, so I haven't been playing nearly as much as I need to!
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I've recently begun to play again. It is difficult after such a long hiatus. Some things came back to me. Cat's Under The Stars, Unbroken Chain, Help on the Way....I was astounded. It's like the finger memory never really forgets.
The bottom line is - practice everyday, and you will get better.
Glad to hear you are into Kochman! Keep it up!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GracefulDuck wrote:
I've recently begun to play again. It is difficult after such a long hiatus. Some things came back to me. Cat's Under The Stars, Unbroken Chain, Help on the Way....I was astounded. It's like the finger memory never really forgets.
The bottom line is - practice everyday, and you will get better.
Glad to hear you are into Kochman! Keep it up!

Unfortunately between grad school, work, dog, and women... guitar doesn't get the every day treatment... I do make time for it though.
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