If you’re new to the guitar, the best way to solidify basic beginner concepts like proper tone, picking and rhythm is by tackling some easy rock covers. With a little time, focus and energy, you’ll be able to apply your skills into the chord progressions and riffs found in some of your favorite songs. With the help of Stages Music Arts, let’s look at some easy rock covers to start learning guitar.
Green Day – “Brain Stew”
Figuring out how to play Green Day’s infectiously catchy song “Brain Stew” is a great way to get introduced to power chords. In music, basic chords have a defining note that tells us whether it’s major or minor, but power chords, which sound big and hollow, don’t include that note. Their signature sound is the foundation for rock music and is easy to learn. They’re found in nearly all rock covers!
Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger”
As guitarists, we’re a bit like Rocky at how learning tough material can often seem like an impossible task before we take it on. Something like open chord shapes, which you’ll find in this song, can be incredibly difficult to learn first, but you’ll make huge strides in not a very long time with enough hard work. But don’t get carried away. Try playing this song with boxing gloves.
Nirvana – “Heart-Shaped Box”
Now we’re going to explore the sensitive side of rock for this next song. Nirvana’s music is almost as relevant and challenging as it was almost thirty years ago, and this is a brilliant cover to play if you’re interested in learning about chord modulations.
Phoenix – “1901”
Back in 2009, the year 1901 made a big comeback with this song’s release. Bands like Phoenix represent rock’s recent obsession with synthesizers. If you’re at all interested in writing or producing rock music, getting familiar with modern music technology like synths and effects pedals is essential.
Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
Lana Del Rey’s song “Video Games” captivated audiences back in 2012. This is one of the great rock covers to practice if you’re trying to master bar chords because of its slow tempo. Before you tackle blazing fast guitar songs, you’ll have to start by learning how to play slower ones like this.
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