- Choose a song that means something to you. A song that you can never get tired of. You've got to be able to relate to the song and sing it like you mean it.
- Choose a song that was meant to be played and sung at the same time. For example singer/songwriters such as Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tracy Chapman, etc.
- It shouldn't have any chords that you're not familiar with. We're trying to keep the guitar simple for your first song. I'd also make sure there's no barre chords, with the exception of the mini F barre chord.
- The song shouldn't feel too fast for you.
- The guitar part shouldn't contain any lead playing.
- Have you already sung along to the recording? Make sure the singing fits your range. If you're voice is hurting or straining, then this song isn't for you.
- Make sure the rhythm guitar is simple to play.
If you think the song you've chosen is too challenging for you then email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll give you my opinion.
Songs that are easy to play and sing at the same time
Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan
Let It Be - The Beatles
Hurt (strummed version) - Johnny Cash
Clocks - Coldplay
Hard Days Night - The Beatles
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
Jolene - (strummed version) Dolly Parton
These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals
The Drugs Don't Work - The Verve
Grenade - Bruno Mars
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - Green Day
One - U2
Knockin' On Heavens Door - Bob Dylan
Video 3 - How to memorise the guitar part.