60 Easy Classical Guitar Songs for Beginners (2024 With Tabs)

I always tell aspiring new guitarists to consider going for a classical guitar. Depending on what type of music you want to play, of course, as the sound is softer and mellower than the twangy sound of steel strings. The nylon strings on a classical guitar will be easier on a beginner’s fingertips as they press and slide on the strings across the fretboard.

Guitarist Playing an Easy Classical Guitar for Beginners
Photo by Stoney Lane

I have always liked playing my classical guitar, especially if I am playing by myself or with someone I love. It is soothing and relaxing while allowing you to master your fingerstyle techniques.

So if you also want to enjoy a very relaxing way to play the guitar and are a beginner on a classical guitar, you should check out and learn these 17 songs to get your classical guitar playing started on the right track.

List of Easy Classical Guitar Songs

1. Ode to Joy by Beethoven

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords G, G7, D, Em, A, Am, C, Cm, B
Tabs View Ode To Joy Tab Here

What makes “Ode to Joy” so easy to play on a classical guitar is the very nature of the musical masterpiece. Ludwig van Beethoven included this piece as the final movement in one of his most celebrated symphonies, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor.

If you listen closely to the song, you will know that there is only one musical instrument playing the notes in the beginning. Watch any flash mob orchestra events on YouTube, and you will see a man (or a woman) playing a string instrument to introduce the song.

As the song progresses, more and more instruments join in. The classical guitar can be that single instrument that will introduce the rest of the instruments. Or, if you’re like me, you can play the same chords over and over without ever getting bored with the melodies.

Learning to play “Ode to Joy” requires basic knowledge of how to read guitar tabs. You also need very flexible fingers as you will be pressing on the strings in different frets. My suggestion is for you to go slow. Familiarize yourself with the sequencing of the strings and frets. Once you have mastered this, then it will be easy to increase the pace.

2. Minuet In G by Petzold

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords G, G/B, C, A, Am, D, D7, A/C#, D/F#
Tabs View Minuet In G Tab Here

“Minuet In G” may be trickier than the “Ode To Joy” of Beethoven. However, it is still one of the easiest to play. The song teaches you to do two very important things with your fingers both at the same time. You will play a melodic line on top while also playing a line of counter melody at the bottom.

Many people think that “Minuet In G” is a Johann Sebastian Bach masterpiece. You’d be wrong to think this. This minuet is a classic creation of Christian Petzold. The only reason why people attribute Petzold’s work to Bach is the fact that this piece appeared in Bach’s “Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach” in 1725.

I love playing this minuet. It is a favorite of many producers of romantic films. It has a very lovely melody that soothes the heart. I can listen to it all day and will never grow tired. I tried playing this on a steel-stringed acoustic guitar. The softness of the melody was gone. The only way you can play this song with its heavenly melody is by using a nylon-stringed classical guitar.

Since you’re only beginning to play the classical guitar, I suggest learning the movements of the fingers first. You may not be able to hear a cohesive melody if you go slowly. However, this will help you develop finger memory and allow you to play at the normal pace of the music.

3. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords G, C/E, G/B, Em7, Am, D/F#, Em/D
Tabs View Jesu Joy Of Mans Desiring Tab Here

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is another easy classical guitar song that’s a favorite of mine. The tune is perfect for lazy afternoons or to set the mood for a romantic evening. It is also one of the very first songs that I was able to play well on a classical guitar. What I like about this is the combination of plucking and strumming motions to give the sound greater depth and complexity through its layers. I know you will love this Bach classic, too.

The music piece sounds long. However, it is quite repetitive. You only need to learn and master one section at a time. Learn to read the tabs. As soon as the tabs start looking very familiar to you, then you can feel more confident about playing the piece. Before you know it, you are already playing it like a virtuoso.

I chose to include this song for any beginner classical guitarist to learn because it is a very good warmup piece. You can play it several times before playing more contemporary songs. The fingering techniques will have your finger joints well-oiled by the time you decide to play other songs.

4. Romance Anonimo

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords N/A
Tabs View Romance Anonimo Tab Here

I am not sure who composed or wrote this song. What we know is that it is a very popular and very beautiful piece that is perfect for the classical guitar. It is one of those songs that I play when I want to be inspired. There is this charm in the notes and the way the melodies move. I can close my eyes and keep on playing the same chords over and over.

Most of us know the tune as “Spanish Romance.” However, it comes by different names. Some people call it “Romance de España,” “Romance of the Guitar,” or even “Romance d’Amour.” Musicologists call it “Estudio en Mi de Rubira,” although most people would rather call it simply “Romanza.” However, you call this classical guitar music piece; it is one of the most sublime. It can lift your spirits and unleash the Don Quixote in anyone.

Why do I recommend this for beginners? Well, this piece does not rush you to learn or master it. You can focus more on the meaning of the individual notes while you work on their mastery. Its tempo is slow, too. This is perfect for those who are still developing deft fingers.

5. Pink Panther by Henry Mancini

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords C, Am, D7, G, E, F, D, F#dim
Tabs View Pink Panther Tab Here

Even if you’re not a fan of Pink Panther, I am pretty sure you have already heard its theme. Don’t ever underestimate this whimsical tune. It holds three Grammy Awards and was nominated at the 37th Oscars, bested only by Mary Poppins and her musical wonderland. This is an instrumental composition that works with any musical instrument. I find the classical guitar perfect for it. Why?

There are some notes that require you to slide your fingers from one fret to another. If you use a steel string acoustic guitar for this, there’s a chance that you will cut your finger pads. The nylon strings on a classical guitar won’t. In fact, you can slide along the entire length of the strings, and you will never have pain in your fingers. There are also notes that you must bend. Doing so on a nylon string is so much easier.

This tune is very fun to play. The low-pitched sound of the nylon strings is perfect for mimicking the bass notes of the music piece. It’s also a great exercise for your fingers, so you will be more than ready for other songs to play.

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6. Speak Softly, Love by Nino Rota

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Dm, Gm, A7sus, A7, C7, F, Eb, A
Tabs View Speak Softly Love Tab Here

Most people I know the actual title of the song. However, the moment they hear it, they will always refer to the 1972 Francis Ford Coppola film classic, “The Godfather.” They can begin imagining those memorable scenes of Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Al Pacino. Some may even feel nostalgic about being the undisputed mafia boss. That’s the charm of “Speak Softly, Love,” which most of us know as the “Love Theme from The Godfather.”

Its soft and almost lullaby-like melodies make this song perfect for the classical guitar. You can easily perform the bends required by the piece because of the softer and gentler nature of the nylon strings. Like any other beginner’s piece, “Speak Softly, Love” is best played slow and deliberate at first. You can start introducing some fancy fingering techniques by the time you have already mastered the correct sequencing of the tabs.

This is another tune that I always play when I am alone. Too bad I don’t have a Cuban cigar as I play the tunes. That would have really given me the chance to relive those glory days of the mob.

7. Bolero by Maurice Ravel

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords N/A
Tabs View Bolero Tab Here

Making wonderful music does not only has to include playing the principal component of the musical instrument. For example, playing the guitar doesn’t have to involve only the strings to create an amazing piece. You also have the body of the guitar to use as a rhythm board or as a percussion instrument. This is exactly what playing the “Bolero” requires.

This song by Maurice Ravel requires the occasional tapping of the body of the guitar. It can be the soundboard on the front face of the guitar. You can also tap the sides of the instrument, whichever is more convenient for you. The result is a music piece that has the beautiful sounds of a string instrument and the wonderful rhythm of a percussion instrument.

The fingerstyle of the song is a bit faster than the ones I already mentioned in this list. However, like everything else, it would be best to start slow. There is one thing that you should focus on here. Your thumb will always be playing the 6th string as the bass of the song. And while you are busy maintaining the rhythm, your other fingers will also be playing the trebles on the 1st to 3rd strings. Learning how to play these chords simultaneously is crucial.

8. In the Hall of The Mountain King by Edvard Grieg

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords N/A
Tabs View In The Hall Of The Mountain King Tab Here

If you have watched the Goblet of Fire part of the Harry Potter series, I am pretty sure you will recognize this tune. Edvard Grieg composed this piece for the orchestra sometime in 1875 as score for one of the scenes in the Peer Gynt play. While there have been controversies in the English translation of its original Norwegian title, there is no doubt that this music piece is one of the most recognizable tunes of the 21st century.

There are songs that people compose specifically for a certain musical instrument. This Sting song is one of those. Sting wrote this song specifically for a classical guitar. It doesn’t really matter if you’re a fan of Sting or not. What matters is that this song is an excellent piece for you to learn and master on a classical guitar.

Playing this on a classical guitar gives the song its natural depth. There is no need for other instruments to achieve that nice mellow sound. The guitar chords are also not that difficult to master, even for absolute beginners. What I like about this piece is that it can help you develop your fingerpicking skills. Some may find the nonlinear pattern of the chords to be a major issue. However, it has a characteristic progression that is easy to memorize.

Learning how to play “Shape of My Heart” will give you another good reason for calling your friends over. You can play the tune with a keg of ice-cold beer and several dishes of well-grilled meats filling up your tummies.

9. Havana by Camila Cabello

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Em, C, B7
Tabs View Havana Tab Here

I love the tune of Camilla Cabello’s hit song “Havana.” It has that classic salsa vibe to it that makes you feel like you want to pull your partner from the couch and start dancing. It also has the classic beats of rhythm and blues pop. It is also very sultry. I can imagine Ana de Armas, Anabelle Acosta, or even Salma Hayek dancing right in front of me (although Hayek is Mexican) with their sultry eyes.

Now, don’t get me wrong. While this song is a huge hit, it has one of the simplest guitar chords I have ever seen. Strumming the strings on a classical guitar will only require you to master two basic chords: Gm and D. You won’t get any simpler than that. If you are going to play it note by note, then expect that the fingerstyle will be quite tricky.

Nevertheless, this is a song that is worth learning on a classical guitar. The natural low-pitched sounds of the classical guitar are perfect for producing the bassy tunes of the song. It is the perfect piece for entertaining a few of your most treasured friends. Havana is an easy classical guitar song for beginners that’s extremely fun to play.

10. Despacito Luis Fonsi

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Bm, G, D, A
Tabs View Despacito Tab Here

Luis Fonsi released “Despacito” in January 2017. It did not really fare that well on the airwaves. When the song was remixed to feature pop star Justin Bieber, “Despacito” got its biggest break. This allowed the song to reignite the interest of the public about Spanish-themed pop music. It is the hottest Latin pop songs after Macarena.

I love the piece because it is very fun to play. I also like its overall structure. This is one of those songs where the lyrics provided the foundation for the song. Most songwriters start with the melodies before they ink the lyrics. “Despacito” is the reverse. Fonsi started with the lyrics before he started constructing the tonal composition.

The secret here is to use a capo. You still can play it open. However, the song will be so much more beautiful if you can raise the pitch of your tunes. That is why I recommend using a capo. This is especially true if you’re playing this song on a classical guitar.

11. Bourree in E Minor by Bach

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords N/A
Tabs View Bourrée In E Minor Tab Here

Playing “Bourree in E Minor” will stretch the capabilities of your fingers beyond their limits. The music piece requires very fast movements of the playing fingers. They often must press the strings on different frets in rapid succession. This should be easy if you are already accustomed to playing one of those mobile app games that require you to press buttons in different rows as they move down the screen.

This Johann Sebastian Bach classic can be daunting for newbies. Nevertheless, it is one of those pieces that many guitarists include in their repertoire. After all, Bach composed the song specifically for string instruments. Bach wanted musicians to play the song by plucking the strings, instead of the more conventional strumming method.

I cannot promise that you will master this in a day. However, I know you will be able to nail the piece by going through the finger movements as slowly as possible.

12. Is There Anybody Out There by Pink Floyd

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Am, Am/F, Am/F#, Am/D, Am/C, Am/B
Tabs View Is There Anybody Out There Tab Here

I included this song for beginners to learn because of three reasons. First, you will learn several fingerpicking patterns that many guitarists consider the standard today. Learning these patterns will help you play other songs with ease. It doesn’t have to be on a classical guitar. You can use these patterns on a steel-string acoustic guitar, too.

Second, the chord progression of the song is quite neutral. This should make it very easy for you to master this Pink Floyd song. Third, the overall arrangement of the song is not monotonous. You will still be able to discern a beautiful melody.

As a song for beginner classical guitarists, “Is There Anybody Out There” promises to be full of fun. Play it slow or pick up the pace and the sound will still be beautiful. This is a piece that you will find fulfillment at the end of the practice. You will never feel like forcing yourself to learn something that you don’t like.

13. Let It Be by The Beatles

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords C, G, Am, Am7, Fmaj7, F6, F, E, D
Tabs View Let It Be Tab Here

Most people love the acoustic version of this song. However, I find it to be more pleasant to the ears when played with a classical guitar. After all, Paul McCartney wrote the song as a tribute to his dearly departed mother, Mary Patricia McCartney, when Paul was only 14. I often find it funny that people give the song a biblical interpretation because of the phrase “Mother Mary”. They clearly didn’t know that Paul’s mother was named “Mary.”

The fingerpicking patterns are easy to master. Your finger joints will get the exercise they need. The chord progression is also easy. And even if you do not play it with other instruments, your classical guitar is enough to give the song the justice it deserves.

Playing this melody in front of your friends is sure to make them feel so much better. It is a great song for a more peaceful and more relaxed evening.

14. Stand by Me by Ben E. King

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords G, Em, C, D
Tabs View Stand By Me Tab Here

Stand by Me by Ben King is another easy classical guitar song that I really enjoy playing. Whether it is learning to play the bass or developing your own unique fingerstyle, this Ben E. King masterpiece is the best. The chord progression is so popular that I still must meet a guitarist who does not know how to play the song with fervor.

And that is the real beauty of this 1950s hit. The melodies grow on you. The bass lines wake up your soul. In just a few picks, you will already feel your heart thumping to the beat. As soon as you get to the treble, you will already be fully awake. The awesome sound of nylon strings makes the sound even more beautiful. It is subtle, yes. However, it has this unmistakable way of speaking to your soul.

This song teaches you many of the fundamentals of guitar playing. Mastering these fundamentals will open many doors in your guitar playing journey.

15. Andantino in G by Ferdinando Carulli

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords N/A
Tabs View Andantino In G Major Tab Here

Most beginner classical guitarists complain that the pieces they are trying to learn are quite boring. This is not the case with Carulli’s “Andantino in G”. True, it has a very soft melody to it. However, one can never deny the beauty of the song.

I included this piece because there are only 16 measures. It is short enough to fit right into the attention span of many beginner classical guitarists today. It is long enough to keep you learning the basics of guitar playing.

You will find this piece as the most colorful classical music that you will ever play in terms of its harmony.

16. Half the World Away Oasis

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords C, Fmaj7, C/B, Am, D7, E7, G, G7, Fm
Tabs View Half The World Away Tab Here

If you’re still trying to find the groove coordinating the movements of your fingers for a cool fingerstyle type of guitar-playing, then you should consider “Half the World Away”. Most of the songs I listed here require some serious fingerpicking techniques.

This Oasis song involves mostly strumming with a bit of picking every now and then. It results in a melody that sounds very cool. You can play it anywhere. I often find it very fun to play in the company of friends. They don’t need to know the lyrics. They can always improvise because of the simple melodies of the song.

17. La Cucaracha

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords G, D, C
Tabs View La Cucaracha Tab Here

Allow me to round up my list with this Spanish classic. No one knows who wrote or created “La Cucaracha”. However, it is one of the most enduring tunes of all time. It may have found its place in Mexican history during the Revolution; Many American artists have also embraced the song’s unique characteristics.

Most of us know this song as Speedy Gonzalez’s favorite tune. Only a few of us know that even jazz legend, Louis Armstrong, performed this song. The song is upbeat and is perfect for practicing basic fingerstyle techniques. I love playing “La Cucaracha” whenever I’m out with the boys. It can liven up any party like no other.

18. Concierto de Aranjuez By Rodrigo

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Bmin, Gmaj, F#min, Emin
Tabs View Concierto de Aranjuez Tab Here

It may seem strange that many people’s initial exposure to Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez was associated with Yorkshire for a piece as Spanish as that. The concerto is a lovely and moving piece of music that perfectly encapsulates the sound of Spain. The concerto’s appearance in the 1996 movie Brassed Off!, however, is what really helped the piece gain immense popularity. Practice it in short bursts before endeavoring to play the piece from beginning to end.

19. In The Hall Of The Mountain King By Edward Grieg

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords F3maj, Bmin, Dmaj, Emaj, Amaj
Tabs View In The Hall Of The Mountain King Tab Here

In The Hall Of The Mountain King is considered one of Greig’s most iconic works. It was composed as background music for Peer Gynt’s sixth scene by Henrik Ibsen. The composition is arranged for a sizable orchestra, with the brass line playing a key part. The piece features a straightforward subject that starts out slowly before picking up pace over time. Beginners won’t have trouble practicing and performing because it doesn’t call for many movements on the fretboard.

20. Op. 60, No. 1 By Fernando Sor

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Cmaj, Gmaj, D7, Em, Am
Tabs View Op. 60, No. 1 Tab Here

Fernando Sor’s “Op. 60, No. 1” is a great two-minute piece for beginners seeking a bit tough yet doable song to master on guitar. Classical guitarists often use this piece as a warm-up. This song has emerged as a preferred piece among musicians to warm the fingers and practice playing arpeggios with the right hand. Also, be attentive to the melodic phrasing and make an effort to highlight the various musical parts.

21. Five Bagatelles By Walton

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Cmaj, Gmaj, Dmaj, Amin, Am7, Dm7, G7, C7
Tabs View Five Bagatelles Tab Here

Walton’s technically challenging “Five Bagatelles” (1971) is a minefield of peculiar rhythms and is by no means a simple composition to master. The classical guitar had reached peak popularity by the 1970s. Still, the Five Bagatelles’ absence of any Spanish or Latin influences meant it was never given much presence in the 20th-century guitar repertory. Nevertheless, if you pay great attention, you’ll hear that the Bagatelles are nostalgic, perfectly molded, and perhaps even the pinnacle of classical guitar tunes, with their erratic melodies and tone.

22. Malagueña By Traditional

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Amaj, Amaj, Dmaj, F#min, C#min
Tabs View Malagueña Tab Here

Composed in the 1800s, Malaguena is a highly popular folk traditional song. What distinguishes this piece from other classical guitar songs is its moderate tempo, flamenco-inspired rhythms, and emotional melodies. With a consistent and powerful beat and a moderate tempo, one must strum the chords from the bass string to the treble and vice versa. Malaguena on guitar involves numerous repetitive sequences. Well, that’s good news! So, any beginner can easily recall the tune and perform without issue.

23. Waltz in E Minor By Ferdinando Carulli

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Emin, Bmaj, Gmaj, D7
Tabs View Waltz in E Minor Tab Here

Waltz in E Minor is from Opus 241 by Carulli. Italian guitarist and composer Ferdinando Carulli created the first guitar instruction manuals. Guitarists of various skill levels still enjoy playing this well-known classic song in their repertoire. Aim to maintain a steady beat while playing. In the waltz, there are three beats in each measure due to the 3/8 time signature. Increase your speed gradually as you practice the various right-hand patterns.

24. Libertango By Piazzolla

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords B7, Amin, Dmin, Cmaj
Tabs View Libertango Tab Here

Want to experience the transition of Astor Piazzolla from classical to nouveau tango music? Listen and try out her 1974-released seductive tango titled ‘Waltz’ in E minor. Waltz’s tune has a unique time signature for tango music—3/4 time. Remember this to ensure a distinctive and syncopated beat for the song. The accordion is even included in the original score, giving the piece a folky touch. Tip: Spend more time mastering the song’s fundamental chords and arpeggios.

25. La Campanella by Niccolo Paganini

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords G-sharp min, D-sharp maj, A-sharp maj, E-sharp min
Tabs View La Campanella Tab Here

La Campanella is the concluding movement of Niccolo Paganini’s Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 7. It takes its inspiration from the well-known operatic aria “Campanella” from Vincenzo Bellini’s “Norma.” Even though it’s in 3/4 time, has showy finger movement, and has many double stops, it’s a great choice for a beginner’s practice and repertoire. As soon as you master this piece, your playing will advance, and you’ll have more skills.

26. Españoleta By Gaspar Sanz

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Gmaj, Dmaj, Amaj, Emaj, Fmaj
Tabs View Españoleta Tab Here

Besides being a Spain-based guitarist and composer, Gaspar Sanz was also a priest. He produced baroque guitar tuition books that are being used today. Of course, his Espaoleta continues to be an excellent piece for aspiring classical guitarists. Try to be more attentive to the song’s phrasing. Given that the melody is extremely lyrical, giving the notes room to breathe and establish a feeling of fluidity is crucial. And most importantly, emphasize on perfecting the right-hand technique.

27. Recuerdos de la Alhambra By Tárrega

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Amin, Emin, Cmaj, Dmin, Gmaj
Tabs View Recuerdos de la Alhambra Tab Here

Following his visit to Alhambra in 1882, Tárrega felt compelled to compose the song. He decided to record his memories of the palace in song because its grandeur grasped his breath. Thus, he composed Recuerdos – a passionate, endearing, and exquisitely sweet song. When playing, prioritize precision and clarity over speed. Elevate your tempo progressively as you master the tremolo technique.

28. Cello Suite No. 1 By Johann Sebastian Bach

Tuning D A D G A D (Open G)
Chords Gmaj, Dmaj, Cmaj, Am, Em
Tabs View Cello Suite No. 1 Tab Here

The cello solo piece Cello Suite No. 1 is one of the most commonly played songs of all time. Johann Sebastian Bach wrote it around the early 1700s. The composer Johann Sebastian Bach also created five other suites. One can often hear this Cello Suite on TV or in movies. Now, let’s talk guitar! For easy fingering, put a capo on the second fret. Finally, I suggest utilizing the right hand to produce a legato tone.

29. Fur Elise By Ludwig Van Beethoven

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Emaj, Amaj, Cmaj, Gmaj
Tabs View Für Elise Tab Here

One of the most well-known classical music compositions is called Für Elise. If it is too challenging to perform in the original key, apply a capo to change the piece to a lower key. The five-part rondo structure of Für Elise allows the same theme to be played repeatedly while incorporating several accompaniments. The 8th through the 14th frets are where it is played upward on the fretboard. Maintain a spectrum of tempos from quick to slow while fitting the music into the 4/4 time signature.

30. Lágrima By Fransisco Tárrega

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Emaj, Amin, Dmaj, Gmaj, B7, Cmaj
Tabs View Lágrima Tab Here

This enchanting prelude is one of the most well-known compositions by Spanish guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega. Materials for learning classical guitar frequently contain it. According to legend, Tárrega’s love affair with Amelia Fontcuberta inspired the song “Lagrima.” The free fantasia-style composition, produced in the key of A minor, is frequently played at recitals and concerts. Make sure you start out by learning the arpeggios slowly and attentively. You can increase the speed when you are able to play them fluently.

31. Tanz By Georg Leopold Fuhrman

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords F#m, C#, G#m, and B
Tabs View Tanz Tab Here

Tanz was originally produced by the renowned composer Fuhrman. Fuhrman’s Tanz is a short, soothing, yet powerful music widely used for practice by beginners. Besides following the basic 2/4 time signature, one can play this song more effortlessly using the key G major. Like I always advise beginners, use arpeggios one after another to add a light and airy feel to the song. So, quickly became a proficient Tanz player with some practice and persistence.

32. Asturias By Albéniz

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Emaj Amaj Bmaj Dmaj Gmaj
Tabs View Asturias Tab Here

Albéniz’s composition for guitar is unmistakably an homage to Andalusian flamenco traditions, despite its posthumous title, which suggests a connection to the northern Spanish area of Asturias. Although it is a difficult tune to perfect on the guitar because of its abrupt dynamic changes and fussy, complicated melody, the passion it portrays is breathtaking. As you hear the quick strumming, you can almost sense a Spanish market’s hot, dusty atmosphere.

Pro tip: It’s crucial to have a strong sense of rhythm because the second verse has many quick arpeggios.

33. Lullaby By Johannes Brahms

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Gmaj, Dmaj, D7, Emaj
Tabs View Lullaby Tab Here

For his friend’s newborn child, Brahms composed the piece in 1868. It’s one of Johannes Brahms’s most well-known and simplest compositions. The song is frequently performed during weddings and baby showers. Although the strumming pattern for Brahms Lullaby is extremely easy, it must be practiced slowly and consistently to be played smoothly. This one is among the simplest songs you can play on a classical guitar. It’s fantastic for new gamers. It has a sluggish tempo and a 3/4 time signature.

34. Country Dance By Ferdinando Carulli

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Gmaj, Dmaj, Em maj, Cmaj, Amaj
Tabs View Country Dance Tab Here

Carulli’s Country Dance was composed in the early 19th century, popularly called the Classical era of music. The dance, known as a contredanse, began in France in the 17th century, and ‘Country Dance’ is a perfect example of the genre. Carulli used a 4/4 common time signature and the key of A major for this song. I find it the perfect classical guitar song for beginning guitarists as it’s quite simple to perform. I advise focusing on playing the song evenly and smoothly as you rehearse. See if you could add some dynamics to this song once you’ve mastered playing it smoothly.

35. The Frog Galliard By Dowland

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Cmaj, Gmaj, Dmin, Amin, Fmaj, Emin
Tabs View The Frog Galliard Tab Here

In the 16th century, the galliard, a type of Renaissance dance, gained popularity in Europe and featured a lot of hopping, leaping, and jumping. Nobody is really sure how John Dowland’s lute galliard came to get the animalistic moniker, but there is a rumor that it has to do with one of Queen Elizabeth I’s suitors, who she referred to as her “frog.” “The Frog Galliard” is in the key of G major and is performed in the lively and energizing Galliard dance style. The tune is frequently used as a guitar lesson piece since it covers crucial skills, including strumming, fingerpicking, and chord alterations.

36. Swan Lake By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Amaj, Fmin, Emaj, C-sharp min, Fsharp
Tabs View Swan Lake Tab Here

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote Swan Lake in 1875 or 1876 as a ballet. The music wasn’t first well-liked, but it quickly rose to prominence and became one of this composer’s most popular works. It depicts the tale of a princess named Odette who was cursed by an evil person and became a swan. Swan Lake has been made into a number of movies, including a Walt Disney animated picture from 1956. Double stops and difficult moves are not included in the tune. The pace veers between slow and quick. First, slow down. If you can’t keep up with the quick parts right away, don’t worry; with a little practice, you’ll be able to.

37. Andante By Opus 241 By Ferdinando Carulli

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Cmaj, Gmaj, Amin, Emaj
Tabs View Andante By Opus 241 Tab Here

Waltz in E Minor, from Opus 241, was previously discussed. Among the many excellent places to start are #4 and #18 in Carulli’s Opus 241 (you’ll recall that Carulli arranged his compositions into collections, known as “Opus”). The song has a time signature of 24 and is in the key of A minor. This indicates that there are two-quarter notes every bar and eight 16th notes per bar. The composition is a favorite of beginning classical guitarists since it is reasonably easy to play. It still has a few difficult parts that call for good finger control and skill.

38. Prelude No. 1 By Heitor Villa-Lobos

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Emin, Fmaj, Gmaj, Amaj, B7
Tabs View Prelude No. 1 Tab Here

Although the B portion of this prelude was energetic, Heitor Villa-Lobos really excels in the languid, wistful start. A successful fusion of Brazilian traditional melodies and rhythms with Western classical music may be found in the works of the Brazilian composer, who was one of the most prominent Latin American composers of the 20th century. Section A of Prelude No. 1 is unquestionably beautiful because of the unusual blending of the two genres. Divide this classical composition into smaller chunks and practice each one separately to learn it more quickly.

39. Cavatina By Stanley Myers

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Emaj, Emin, Amaj, Amin, Dmaj, Cmaj, Gmaj
Tabs View Cavatina Tab Here

The Deer Hunter’s beloved theme by Stanley Myers ought to be declared the most well-known piece of contemporary classical guitar music. The piece was originally intended for the piano and wasn’t composed expressly for the guitar. John Williams, a guitarist, proposed that Myers develop the composition and rewrite it for guitar. He gave it the Italian title “Cavatina,” which refers to a brief, simple song. Despite being written in the key of A minor, a capo allows you to perform it in a number of other keys. I advise using a capo in the key of C major for beginners.

40. Op. 60, Study No. 7 By Matteo Carcassi

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Emin, Amaj, Dmaj, Gmaj, Cmaj, Fmaj
Tabs View Op. 60, Study No. 7 Tab Here

Despite being one of Marco Carcassi’s simpler pieces, the audience finds it quite difficult. “OP 60 Study No. 7” is still a turning point in a guitarist’s skill enhancement and is often used as a test piece to measure their skills. This song may serve as an exercise for some left- and right-hand skills with a few modifications. I always advise playing it at a reasonably quick tempo. It has a lot of one-note playing and repeated sequences. So, it’s a great addition to a beginner’s repertoire.

41. Allegro By Mauro Giuliani

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Amin, Dmin, Emaj, E7, Amin/E
Tabs View Allegro Tab Here

Allegro or Opus 50 No. 13 by Giuliani is a one-of-a-kind classical music one can learn on guitar. This simplistic masterpiece is what makes every classical guitarist a perfectionist. Since “Allegro” has many critical concepts, such as arpeggios, scales, and fingerpicking, I consider it an excellent tutorial piece for beginners. The fact that it has a 4/4 time signature, needs fundamental chords, and is simple to finger-pick makes it a beginner-friendly classical piece. I find the left and right-hand positions to be relatively easy and ideal for any newbie.

42. Etude In E Minor By Francisco Tarrega

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Emin, Dmaj, Amin, B7, E7
Tabs View Etude In E Minor Tab Here

Etude In E Minor is a perfect illustration of simplicity’s beauty and is sure to impress everyone. It’s not odd at all, considering that Francisco Tarrega, the piece’s composer, is better recognized as “the father of classical guitar.” He is also well-known for creating the standard Nokia ringtone. Due to the song’s lovely melody and serene pace, weddings frequently use it as the wedding march. It features a moderate tempo and a 3/4 time signature. It includes rest strokes, triplet arpeggio patterns, and the standard binary form.

43. Study In A Minor By Dionisio Aguado

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Amin, Dmin, Emaj, Gmaj
Tabs View Study In A Minor Tab Here

Nuevo Método Para Guitarra, by Dionisio Aguado, was published in 1843 and contains the composition Study In A Minor. His technique and speed were renowned, especially when running scales. Your thumb should play the bass melody, while your index and middle fingers should keep a steady rhythmic accompaniment. It must be played pretty quickly, but if you are having trouble keeping up, try playing it at a slower tempo until you develop the pace, which comes with repetition.

44. Hello By Adele

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Emin, Gmaj, Dmaj, Cmaj
Tabs View Hello Tab Here

Hello, Adele’s third studio album was released in October 2015, and it quickly gained recognition as the album’s lead single. Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance were among the three Grammy Awards the song received in 2016. It’s a sultry piano ballad that classical guitar plays well. The song uses the down-down-down-down-up strumming pattern, is about nostalgia and regrets, and is in standard time. For a more unique tone, use a capo at the first fret.

45. Alejandro By Lady Gaga

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Am, C, Em, F, G
Tabs View Alejandro Tab Here

Alejandro is the third single from Lady Gaga’s third studio album, The Fame Monster. In 2011, the song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording. Nadir Khayat and Gaga collaborated to write and create Alejandro, influenced by her song “Fear of men monster.” The song’s opening melody is taken from Csárdás, a classical masterpiece by Vittorio Monti. Due to the song’s numerous syncopated rhythms, it’s important to time your chord progressions and strumming. Enjoy by placing a capo on the second fret.

46. 5Take Me Home Country Roads By John Denver

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords G, Em, D, C, G
Tabs View Take Me Home Country Roads Tab Here

John Denver recorded the song Take Me Home Country Roads, commonly referred to as Country Roads, in 1971. It quickly gained popularity around the world and reached the second spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 list. Despite the song being about West Virginia, none of the authors had ever visited it before they composed it. In 1973, Olivia Newton-John released her version as a cover, and it quickly gained popularity, notably in the UK and Japan. You’ll become a better musician at performing the song as you practice more. Aim to practice for 30 minutes or more each day, multiple times per week.

47. Hey Soul Sister By Train

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords C, G, Am, F, Cadd9
Tabs View Hey Soul Sister Tab Here

Train, a rock band, has a song called Hey, Soul Sister. Given that it has sold over 6 million copies, it is The Train’s most financially successful hit. It was the second-best-selling song overall in the US in 2010 and the best-selling tune on the iTunes Store. The pop-rock song also sounds wonderful, played on a classical guitar. It calls for four simple chords—C, G, Am, and F—and a simple down-down-up-down-up-down-up strumming rhythm in the key of F major.

48. With Or Without You By U2

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords G D Em C
Tabs View With Or Without You Tab Here

It was a 1987 single from an Irish rock group. Having peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it was the band’s most popular single at the time. The song is frequently played during their live shows and featured on the band’s compilation albums and concert DVDs. There are four fundamental open chords—G, D, Em, and C—and it is performed in a 4/4 time signature. Enjoy this masterpiece by placing a capo at the seventh fret of your classical guitar.

49. Fragile By Sting

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Emin, Amin, E minor 7 over B
Tabs View Fragile Tab Here

Sting is a musician who has recorded the song Fragile, which can be found on his studio album – Nothing Like The Sun. Em, frequently regarded as a “sad” key, is the key on which the song is written. The song’s lyrics may be depressing, but according to Sting, it must be perceived as “a celebration of life.” The tune sounds amazing on a classical guitar and doesn’t call for very difficult playing techniques. Em, Am7, B, and Am are the four chords that are present. This seventh chord is nothing to be afraid of; playing it is really simple.

50. Brown Eyed Girl By Van Morrison

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords G, C, D, and E minor
Tabs View Brown Eyed Girl Tab Here

Released in 1967, “Brown Eyed Girl” is the debut single by the amazing artist – Van Morrison. Soon after leaving his band “Them,” Morrison debuted this song on his first solo album titled ‘Blowin’ Your Mind! Some films, including The Big Chill and Sleeping With The Enemy, feature Brown Eyed Girl as a prominent song. This pop-rock song’s simple chord pattern of G, C, D, and Em makes it perfect for beginners. It is excellent for practicing chord changes or for playing during get-togethers.

51. Ain’t No Sunshine By Bill Withers

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Am, Em, G, Dm
Tabs View Ain’t No Sunshine Tab Here

Released in 1971, “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers was included in his studio album Just As I Am. Both the US R&B list and the Billboard Hot 100 list saw it peak at number three and six, respectively. After seeing the film Days of Wine and Roses, Withers was moved to write the song. R&B, soul, and blues are present in the song. It is appropriate for complete novices since it only uses the fundamental chords Am, Em, G, and Dm. You’ll learn the tune in a minute because the changes between the chords are simple.

52. Jolene By Dolly Parton

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Amin, Cmaj, Gmaj
Tabs View Jolene Tab Here

Dolly Parton, an American country music artist, soon became popular in the 1970s upon the release of her hallmark tune and well-known song “Jolene.” It is a traditional country ballad that has delighted listeners for many years. The down-down-down-up-down-up strumming rhythm is part of the 2/4 time signature, and Am, C, G, and Em must play along. The fingerpicking pattern begins with an A minor chord and progresses to a C chord using a hammer-on and pull-off.

53. Sweet Home Alabama By Lynyrd Skynyrd

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Dmaj, Cadd9, and Gmaj
Tabs View Sweet Home Alabama Tab Here

In 1974, Skynyrd released “Sweet Home Alabama” as a part of its studio album titled The Second Helping. One of the most iconic rock music riffs can be heard at the start of the song. It’s been featured in innumerable other songs and advertisements, and Saturday Night Live even made fun of it. The song was ranked as the best of the 20 Greatest Southern Rock Songs by Country Music Television. The I-IV-V chord arrangement makes the song simple to perform, and it is common. The song has a unique edge thanks to its somewhat sluggish speed.

54. Shape Of My Heart By Sting

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords F#m7, C#m7, D#m7, E6, C#7, G#7
Tabs View Shape Of My Heart Tab Here

Sting released the well-known song “Shape of My Heart” in 1993. Dominic Miller contributed to its writing. Sting once remarked that he intended to convey a tale about a card player who bets not to win but rather to try to decipher some mysterious logic. Leon and Three Of Hearts’ closing titles featured Shape Of My Heart. It has a sluggish beat, and the harmonica portion and Sting’s enchanting melody make your heart flutter. The tune is simple and accessible to all guitarists thanks to its simple open chord structure and one-barre chord.

55. Seven Days By Craig David

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Em7, Am7, Bm7
Tabs View Seven Days Tab Here

Released in 2000, “Seven Days” is among the best musical pieces by Craig David. Anyone can find this song on David’s debut album “Born To Do It.”The song received a Grammy Award nomination for best male pop vocal performance. What’s more, ‘Seven Days’ topped the UK Singles Chart and was ranked among the top ten songs globally back then. It’s an R&B song with a killer groove that instantly gets you moving. Use a capo on the second fret while playing Dm, Gm, Am, and A7.

56. Silent Night By Christmas Song

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords G D7 C
Tabs View Silent Night Tab Here

A Christmas carol called Silent Night was written in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber, with a text by Joseph Mohr. Soon, in the `1900s, “Silent Night” gained immense popularity as a Christmas song in the US. The song’s original time signature is 6/8, but there is a beginner-friendly adaptation with a 3/4 time signature. When playing the C chord, mute the low E string using your thumb. This will contribute to a clearer tone for the chord.

57. Keep Your Head Up By Ben Howard

Tuning E A D G A D
Chords C, G D, Em7
Tabs View Keep Your Head Up Tab Here

Ben Howard is the singer and songwriter of the song Keep Your Head Up, which debuted on his first studio album, titled Every Kingdom. On a classical guitar, this indie-folk song sounds marvelous. It is perfect for a beginner’s collection because it just uses the chords C, Em7, G, and D. Practice the opening riff once you’ve mastered the foundational chords. Although the beginning riff is more difficult, it’s an excellent approach to becoming accustomed to Ben Howard’s fingerstyle playing.

58. Classical Gas By Mason Williams

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords Amin, G, B, C, D7
Tabs View Classical Gas Tab Here

The instrumental piece Classical Gas was composed by American guitarist Mason Williams. The song was included on the album The Mason Williams Phonograph Record when it was first published in 1968. It was nominated for three Grammy Awards and received a special Citation Of Achievement from Broadcast Music Incorporated. It’s crucial to start carefully with the aid of a metronome because the introduction to Classical Gas moves along rather quickly. The Classical Gas, the right hand is the charge of plucking the notes, so mastering solid right-hand technique is crucial. This entails employing the proper fingers, switching between them, and using a fluid, even stroke.

59. Greensleeves By Traditional

Tuning E A D G B (Open C Tuning)
Chords C G Em Am E7
Tabs View Greensleeves Tab Here

Richard Jones initially filed the classic folk ballad Greensleeves with the London Stationer’s Company in 1580. While some musicophile consider ‘Greensleeves’ to be a love song, others think it’s an allegory for politics. Regardless of what it really means, Greensleeves is a stunning and melancholic tune that has lasted the test of time. It consists of a series of uncomplicated chords and an ordinary bass. I advise playing the song with six chords.

60. Versace on The Floor By Bruno Mars

Tuning E A D G B E
Chords C, Emin, Fmaj, Gmaj, Bbmaj
Tabs View Versace on The Floor Tab Here

Ari Levine, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, and Shampoo Press & Curl all contributed to the song’s composition. It was made available as the third single from “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars’ fourth studio album. “Versace on the Floor” comes with simple chords, like C major, E minor,  G major, and F major, that any beginner can learn effortlessly. Once familiar with these chords, start practicing strumming them in time with the music.

Wrap Up:

I tried to be as inclusive as I could with this list of the easiest songs for classical guitarists. However, If I didn’t include one of your favorites, hit me up with your thoughts in the comments below.


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