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Old 02-16-2011, 08:18 AM
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G Em C D : Greatest Hits

I've been teaching my friend's 9 year old son to play guitar.

We've been working on chords for a while now and he's gotten to the point where he's pretty good with G Em C D. He even makes changes from one chord to the next fairly well.

So, I want to teach him to play through a song that uses those chords. A song with all four of those chords would be best, but a good G C D song would be a good start as well.

I'd like to limit selection to songs that are already in the key of G, so that he can better hear how what he is playing matches the song.

Preferably in 4/4 or 3/4.

A song that, as recorded, is strummed on an acoustic guitar would be great but that point is entirely unnecessary.

More important is to pick something he knows.
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  • Beatles, he knows the Beatles fairly well
  • The Monkees, he knows alot of Monkess songs as well.
  • Bob Dylan, he's pretty good in his knowledge of Bob Dylan but not nearly as much as the above.
  • Bob Marley, again pretty good in his knowledge here.
  • Anything you think a 9 Year old might know from simple cultural osmosis.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:29 AM
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Octopus's Garden by the Beatles and Every Breath You Take by the Police are pretty well-known I VI IV V progression songs. Octopus's Garden may actually be in G, but I don't think EBYT is.

Stand By Me is another well known I VI IV V song.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:34 AM
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To help you locate songs of that type, you might investigate http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnaround_(music) first.

Blue Moon
Heart and Soul
Free as a Bird
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:48 AM
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:18 AM
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To help you locate songs of that type, you might investigate http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnaround_(music) first.

Blue Moon
Heart and Soul
Free as a Bird
I must apologize for my suggestions! My "home base" for the turnaround changes is in C as opposed to G and I misread your sequence to be a key change from C Am Dm G (I-vi-ii-V). So those tunes I mentioned would fit better with G-Em-Am-D.

However, I did see http://www.guitarnoise.com/forums//v...hp?f=8&t=47816 which may help some. And the Wiki article I thought I had linked to is at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnaro...al_turnarounds
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:33 AM
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Thanks all.

Just want to note that choices needn't be limited to the classic G Em C D progression, just that those chords be the only chords in the song. A song that might have a G C D verse or a G D C D verse, then with the Em appearing in the chorus would work.

Really anything with those chords no matter what order.


If "Octopus's Garden" is in G (I'm not near an instrument right now), that might be perfect. I'm almost certain he knows that one.


Zeldar, your wiki link is great- it's just one click away from this one, which is the mother load.

Keep the suggestions coming- they're very much appreciated!

Last edited by bienville; 02-16-2011 at 09:34 AM. Reason: repeating myself
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:13 AM
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With or Without You by U2 is really similar, except it goes G D Em C.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:38 PM
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Brown Eyed Girl-Van Morrison

Willin'-Little Feat, perhaps a bit obscure for him, and you might not like some of the lyrics.

Wish You Were Here, does add an Am, but only once, and it's an easy transition from the C chord.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:41 PM
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Tom Petty's Free Fallin' is simple to play and follows that progression. Problem is, you'll need a capo on, I think, the second fret. It's been awhile.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:47 PM
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Indigo Girls' "Joking" is that 4 chord progression throughout the entire song played at a frenetic strum pattern. Very easy (actually, all the rhythm guitar stuff written by Amy Ray is easy chords).
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:44 PM
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Dylan has a lot of great songs with simple chord structures. You can play "Mr. Tambourine Man", "Blowin' In The Wind", and "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" with those four chords. I don't know what key they're in on his records, but hey... that's what capos are for... really, I would introduce the young man to the capo ASAP, as it will greatly increase the number of songs he can play along to while staying in the key of G.
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:53 PM
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Joey by Concrete Blonde

which is G Em C D all the way through, with a slight change of order at the end of the chorus.

Also The Ship Song by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:35 PM
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off the top of my head these dylan songs use those particular chords:

License to Kill
Don't Think Twice It's Alright (put the capo on 6)
Abandoned Love
Boots of Spanish Leather
Girl From the North Country
possibly It Ain't Me Babe and When the Ship Comes In (but those may have a Bm)

song from other artists that come to mind:

Redemption Song - Bob Marley
Lodi - CCR
Handle With Care - Travelling Wilburys.
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd (though there's an Am)
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:40 PM
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Dylan has a lot of great songs ... "Love Minus Zero/No Limit"
Love that one.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:17 PM
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Thanks everybody!
His mom cancelled this week's lesson so I have another week to figure it out.

As soon as I picked up the guitar I realized "Octopus's Garden" isn't in G.

There's got to be some Monkees songs, right? He loves The Monkees.
"I'm a Believer" is almost all G C D and would be great- but he's not quite ready for the F Chord in the chorus.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:31 PM
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Yeah, "Octopus" is in E. I know it's a piano-based song, but "Crocodile Rock" is in G, and it follows G-Em-C-D in the verses and in the "La, la la la la..." part. The only time it changes is the "pre-chorus", I guess you'd call it, the "Crocodile rockin' was something shockin'..." part.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:36 PM
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Hootie and the Blowfish:

Let Her Cry
Hannah Jane

Eagles:

Already Gone
Peaceful Easy Feeling
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:03 PM
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Steve Earle's Guitar Town and Tom Ames' Prayer.
CCR: Who'll Stop the Rain
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:12 PM
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Peaceful Easy Feeling
A7 in the chorus.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:14 PM
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Bob dylan's Billy from the pat garret soundtrack. It's my favourite warm up song.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:33 PM
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"Patterns" by Paul Simon is G Em C D
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:03 AM
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A7 in the chorus.
Forgot about that one. Maybe the student can branch out a little?
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:57 AM
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Verse=Em-D-C
Chorus=G-D-C
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:56 PM
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Forgot about that one. Maybe the student can branch out a little?
Yeah, A7 is easy to finger and so is D7 and G7. On the other hand, F and Bm and F#m were always difficult for me.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:43 AM
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Yeah, A7 is easy to finger and so is D7 and G7. On the other hand, F and Bm and F#m were always difficult for me.
Isn't F generally considered to be the Chord from Hell? I seem to remember hearing that Joni Mitchell took up open tuning specifically so she would never have to play an F.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:04 AM
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Two I've been playing recently which come to mind are:

Groovin': G - C etc.

and

A Change Is Gonna Come (G a e) = the a minor can be also thought of as a C, probably, although away from the keyboard it's hard to hear it for me. I usually play it in Bb, so maybe my intuition isn't even close.

Blackbird is usually done in G -- the chords are kind of f---ed, pardon my French, but the harmony is right around the four chords mentioned in the title with some passing chords.

All those are old tunes, though -- I don't know any hipper ones.
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