It goes without saying that beginner guitarists should always have country songs in their repertoire. These are very fun songs to play, and they usually have a down to earth message that we can all relate to.
Learning to play a country song on your favorite guitar is a breeze if you start with some easy-to-play songs first. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of country songs that can qualify as great for beginner guitarists so it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. I came up with this list of easy country songs on guitar that I believe will give you a great starting point and will help you establish yourself as a country guitarist.
Table of Contents
- Here is a List of Easy Country Songs to Play on Guitar
- 1. Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
- 2. Okie from Muskogee By Merle Haggard
- 3. Jambalaya by Hank Williams
- 4. Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
- 5. Boys ‘Round Here by Blake Shelton
- 6. You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis
- 7. I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
- 8. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
- 9. King of the Road by Roger Miller
- 10. Jolene By Dolly Parton
- 11. Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
- 12. When You Say Nothing at All by Keith Whitley
- 13. Ocean Front Property by George Strait
- 14. Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
- 15. There Was This Girl by Riley Green
- 16. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys by Willie Nelson
- 17. Country Girl (Shake It for Me) By Luke Bryan
- 18. A Boy Named Sue By Johnny Cash
- 19. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
- 20. Achy, Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
- 21. Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker
- 22. It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
- 23. I’m Gonna Be Somebody by Travis Tritt
- 24. I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton
- 25. Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
- 26. Thank God I’m a Country Boy by John Denver
- 27. Hurricane by Luke Combs
- 28. I Got Away with You by Luke Combs
- 29. Ol’ Red by Blake Shelton
- 30. The Dance by Garth Brooks
- 31. Farmer’s Daughter by Rodney Atkins
- 32. Drunk on You by Luke Bryan
- 33. Somebody Like You by Keith Urban
- 34. In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young
- 35. Sixteen Tons by Merle Travis
- 36. I Wish Grandpas Never Died by Riley Green
- 37. Even Though I’m Leaving by Luke Combs
- 38. If I Die Young by The Band Perry
- 39. Everything has Changed by Taylor Swift with Ed Sheeran
- 40. Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
Here is a List of Easy Country Songs to Play on Guitar
1. Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
Guitar Chords: G, D, Em, C
In my opinion, this is the greatest country song ever. It also happens to be the signature song of one of the world’s greatest country-folk artist. This song is also one of West Virginia’s official state anthems. And while John Denver first recorded this song way back in 1971, the song still enjoys a substantial following in terms of the sheer number of digital downloads. This Hot 100 Singles performer is a must-play for any country guitarist.
If this is your first time playing this great country song, the best way to do it is by strumming the chords. However, you can definitely try to learn it fingerstyle. It’ll be a bit trickier but it could be worth the effort. This is easily one of my favorite easy country songs of all time.
2. Okie from Muskogee By Merle Haggard
Guitar Chords: A, D
What better way to start off your journey as a country guitarist than learning one of the genre’s most popular and most successful country singles ever? Okie from Muskogee is the perfect piece for beginning guitarists as it only has two chords. And while this pair of chords may seem like boring, it is the simple fingerpicking style that will have you all pumped up. It has a very lovely melody and a lyrical story that gives you a glimpse of how a song can be a great instrument for studying character.
This 1969 Merle Haggard song topped the Hot Country Singles in less than 3 months after its release. Contemporary country artists continue to draw inspiration from the song because of Merle Haggard’s simple and phenomenal guitar playing and songwriting skills.
3. Jambalaya by Hank Williams
Guitar Chords: C, G7
There’s no other country song that is as iconic as Jambalaya. This is a 1952 song that many people still sing to this very day. Wannabe cowboys and rednecks love to play this piece because of its catchy tune and lyrics that are very easy to remember. One can say that Jambalaya has already achieved a standard status because of its great melody. It is interesting to note that Jambalaya’s melody resembles that of Grand Texas.
Playing Jambalaya is not only easy. It is also very interesting. What makes the song so fascinating for guitarists is its simple fingerpicking style that contains purposeful strumming. The chords allow for the easy movement of the fretting fingers. This gives you that beautiful harmonic effect that the song is known for.
4. Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
Guitar Chords: A, Bm
The original version of this song was recorded in 1981 by David Allan Coe, hitting the Hot Country Singles at number 77. Other artists covered the song. One of the most popular covers to date is Chris Stapleton’s version in 2015. Stapleton added elements of rock and soul into the original music to make it more appealing to contemporary listeners. The 2015 version landed on the Hot 100 at the 23rd spot.
You’ll love learning the opening basslines of this country song. While strumming is recommended, you should know that the low registers of the notes are what drives the song. Your focus here will be on the top strings of your guitar. Placing a capo on the 2nd fret can make the melody easier to sing to.
5. Boys ‘Round Here by Blake Shelton
Guitar Chords: A, D
Blake’s witty banter is evident all throughout this 2013 song that topped the Canada Country and Country Airplay charts. His soulful voice blends well with the bass-like sounds of the guitar that drives the piece. It is a great song that is equally exciting to play. You’ll find the strumming to be beneficial to your wrists. The fretting movements are great for exercising your fingers, while also loosening them up for other songs to play.
The two chords of this song require only the most basic of strumming patterns. However, there are certain sections of the song where you can use the A5 and D5 power chords. This will give your piece a more pronounced tune. Have fun while playing this Shelton song. You can also get your friends to sing along.
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6. You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis
Guitar Chords: A, D, E
It all started as a song that ordinary people can sing wherever they are. Today, You are My Sunshine is one of American pop music’s most commercially-programmed musical pieces. If you were to compare the song that we hear today to that of the original version in 1939, you’ll know that its country music identity has already been lost through countless renditions and covers.
Regardless, there’s no arguing the impact of this song in the growth of country music in the US. In fact, it would be very difficult to imagine American country music without this song. That’s why all country artists make it a personal objective to learn the song by heart. Accomplishing this objective using your guitar is a lot easier than it looks because of the song’s simple structure.
7. I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
Guitar Chords: A, D, E
This song has one of the most playful intros for the guitar. It’s proof of Johnny Cash’s mastery of his favorite musical instrument. And while beginners can always play this 1956 country classic with a more relaxed strumming technique, only a modified arpeggio can give you the exciting basslines of the song. This is a country music that you can expect to improve your fingerpicking skills.
Of course, absolute newbies can always focus more on the down and up strokes of the strumming technique. The original song’s tempo has a moderate speed. However, beginners can always whittle it down until they can find the groove that works best for them. Such a country song with a hip sound is perfect for anyone who loves carefree music to while away the time.
8. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
Guitar Chords: D, C, G
Here’s another Johnny Cash song that is worth including in your collection of must-learn country songs. It sits on the 27th spot of the all-time greatest country songs and is also number 87 on the all-time greatest songs of Rolling Stones. Like many songs of the 1960s, Ring of Fire only lasts about two-and-a-half minutes. This is perfect for guitar learners who may have the attention span of a preschooler.
There’s no question that the song’s chords are simple and easy. However, playing the notes will require more than a basic knowledge of the chords. This song is best played using a combination of arpeggio and strumming techniques. It is critical that you have excellent finger coordination to hit the correct string. Such basics are important to playing any song on the guitar.
9. King of the Road by Roger Miller
Guitar Chords: A, D, E
It would be a mistake to think that only diehard country fans will appreciate this 1964 song by Roger Miller. As a matter of fact, this country song is one of the very few country hits that are recognized as crossover greats. Fans of pop, rock, soul, R&B, and even reggae have a special affinity for the fun melodies of the song. So popular is King of the Road that countless artists have either covered the piece or tweaked it to give the song their own interpretation.
It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if you’ll release your own version of this song in the future. You can always start by learning the song’s basics. Focus your efforts on the song’s catchy rhythm. Executing the strumming technique to perfection will come as second nature.
10. Jolene By Dolly Parton
Guitar Chords: Am, C, G
Fans of Dolly Parton know this song by heart. It is one of the country superstar’s most covered songs. And even her song didn’t win her the Grammy in 1973, it went on to bring home the accolade some 43 years later. It was Pentatonix, an a capella group, that won for the song the Best Country Performance plum at the Grammys in 2016. Not too bad for a 4-decade old musical piece.
Having a capo on the 5th fret should help increase the pitch of the strings. You can always forget the capo if you don’t have the high-pitched voice of Parton. It’s the strumming of the chords that requires your absolute attention. At 110 beats per minute, the song’s tempo can push your wrists and fingers beyond their comfort zone.
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11. Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
Guitar Chords: Am, C, G
This is a country song that has a unique, almost intriguing composition. The melody is that of a contemporary pop song with unique elements. It is the interplay of these elements that somehow muddles the country theme of the song. However, this 2012 song hits all the right marks for a great country musical piece.
Aspiring country guitarists can play this song using basic down, down-up, up, and down-up patterns. This should be easy enough to memorize, since you don’t have to worry about the chords anymore. Fingerpicking would also be great. But, if this is your first go at the guitar, you might want to focus on the basics first. It is always easy to learn the more complex stuff once you have gained mastery of the fundamentals.
12. When You Say Nothing at All by Keith Whitley
Guitar Chords: G, D, C
Many think Alison Krauss wrote this song in 1995. Others will point out Ronan Keating who sang the song in 1999. Well, you’re right. However, Keith Whitley was the original singer of this music piece that Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet wrote in 1988. It was also Whitley who took the song to the top of the charts, especially the Hot Country Singles. Krauss’ version only managed the number 3 spot.
Aside from a chart-topping country song, this piece also happens to be a great choice for beginner guitarists. The progression of the chords is simple and the strumming pattern is straightforward. Its catchy tune should also make it very fun to play.
13. Ocean Front Property by George Strait
Guitar Chords: D, A, G
This is as classic as any country music can get. It is deceptively simple. Its overall structure is clever in a very subtle way. The lyrics speak of heartaches like a very strong undercurrent. And if you pay attention to Strait’s vocals, you’ll appreciate his uncanny ability for keeping the sad undertones of the song fully intact.
Most people would not want to play this 1986 song on the guitar because of its depressing message. However, it is one of those country songs that any beginner should always play. Forget the lyrics and focus more on the strumming of the chords. You’ll find the song equally entertaining because of its midtempo rhythm. Moving through the different chords can also train your fingers, allowing you to be ready to play other songs.
14. Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
Guitar Chords: G, Am, D
The opening parts of this song may have a dark tone to it. However, everything takes a lighter mood as soon as you hit the chorus. Such a fascinating composition can only come from one of the music industry’s most-respected songwriters, Dewayne Blackwell. Blackwell worked with Earl Bud Lee to write this country song that helped improve the popularity of Garth Brooks in 1990.
The original song calls for a different set of chords than the ones I wrote here. This is to make it a lot easier for beginner country guitarists to play the song. However, if you want to learn the arpeggio of this song, then I strongly recommend using the original chords. It should give you interesting melodies and nice harmonics that you can use to impress your friends.
15. There Was This Girl by Riley Green
Guitar Chords: G, A, D
If you’re looking for a country song that is the epitome of genius storytelling in the form of music, then you should play this 2018 song by Riley Green. It is a smart musical storytelling that any man can relate to. The composition of the song strikes a balance between the need to return to the classic sound of country music and the overarching desire of everyone to be as contemporary as possible.
The successive choruses of this song will see you playing three chords all throughout. And while this may sound boring, the song’s structure never compromises on the sing-along quality of the music piece. So, go on and learn the strumming patterns. Add a few fingerpicking here and there.
16. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys by Willie Nelson
Guitar Chords: D, G, A7
Notwithstanding the very long title of the song, this 1975 country piece by Willie Nelson remains one of the easiest songs anyone can ever play on the guitar. The soft nature of the melodies gives the song a fascinating tune that will have you humming as you strum the chords. I find the alternating bass notes and treble that give this song its melodic qualities very interesting.
For starters, you’ll only strum the chords on the first count of every 4 counts. You can then add a downstrum on the second and third counts. Once you’ve mastered this trick, you can start adding an upstrum for every downstrum. To give the song its fascinating basslines, you will need to add alternating bass notes to the strumming pattern. You’re ready to tackle any song after this.
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17. Country Girl (Shake It for Me) By Luke Bryan
Guitar Chords: E, G, A
Credit goes to Luke Bryan for melting away the sexist edge of this song by layering the musical piece with a playful energy and an infectious goofiness. The song is ditty without being ashamed of its catchy vibe. It’s not surprising this 2011 country song made it all the way to the 52nd spot of the Hot Country Songs of Billboard upon its release.
While the chords are simple, I strongly recommend learning the arpeggio of the intro. It is a very neat trick that will open many doors for you. The fingerpicking technique for the song is easy enough to execute. However, you’ll need flexible fretting fingers for you to accomplish this. It goes without saying that the song is a fascinating piece to learn and very entertaining to play.
18. A Boy Named Sue By Johnny Cash
Guitar Chords: A, D, E
While this 1969 failed to topple Honky Tonk Women at the Hot 100 in 1969, it did lord over other musical pieces in the Hot Country Songs. This is quite astonishing, considering the background of the song. First, a poet and humorist wrote the piece. Second, Cash recorded the song live at the San Quentin State Prison in California. Third, Cash was never shy about giving the song different comical variations. For him, A Boy Named Sue is how a country song can be so much fun to write and sing.
The song should also be a very entertaining piece to play on your guitar. You can also create your own lyrics to go with the peculiar AABCCB rhyming pattern. It helps that the lyrics follow a speech-like pattern, instead of the traditional singing.
19. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
Guitar Chords: E, A, B
This is the quintessential country song. Released in 1978, the song’s message is clear and the rhythm is something that people can swing to. It is also one of those songs that is very easy to listen to. It has that soothing effect that is made more relaxing by the cool voice of Kenny Rogers. It would be a shame not to include this song in your collection of easy country guitar songs to play.
Don’t worry about the strumming pattern of The Gambler. With a few practice sessions, you can easily nail the piece. What you need to focus on is the correct timing of each strum, though. This should coincide with the song’s 96 BPM tempo. It would then be easy to add a few guitar playing techniques to further enhance the song.
20. Achy, Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
Guitar Chords: A, E
Some of you may think this is not a true country song. It is. The only thing here is that the song has elements of rock that gives it a danceable grove. There’s no denying that Achy Breaky Heart is one of the world’s finest country songs. It’s a Hot Country Songs chart-topper in 1992 and has seen substantial coverage from many artists.
You’ll have a much better chance of improving your guitar playing skills if you include this piece in your collection of must-learn songs. The power strums and the careful fretting of the strings are all you need to find guitar playing enjoyable and worthwhile. And with the song’s catchy beat, this Cyrus song is sure to turn your room into an improvised dance venue or a karaoke bar.
21. Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker
Guitar Chords: G, D, Em, C
This song has a very fascinating development story. Bob Dylan wrote and recorded the melody and chorus of Wagon Wheel in 1973. A quarter of a century later, Old Crow Medicine’s Ketch Secor added the verses. The rising popularity of the song at the time prompted different country artists to give their own version of the song. This included Nathan Carter and Darius Rucker in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Remarkably, it was Rucker’s version that gave the hodge-podge country piece the rightful accolade it deserves. The 2013 Wagon Wheel version topped the chart of Hot Country Songs.
The colorful history of the song gives it a very interesting twist when played on the guitar. It is so much fun to play, especially when accompanied by other musical instruments. For now, your guitar should suffice.
22. It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Guitar Chords: G, C, Em, D
A lot of folks love this song. If you don’t know who McGraw is, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this song is pop ballad. The song has a great vibe that is perfect for taking your partner to the dance floor. This 1997 song not only topped the Hot Country Songs list. It also barged into the Top 10 of the Hot 100.
It’s easy to see why many guitarists love playing this song. The chords are simple and the progression is uncomplicated. You play the chords in the same progression, whether it is the verse or the chorus. It truly is a very nice way to serenade the love of your life or to simply while away your time in the company of friends.
23. I’m Gonna Be Somebody by Travis Tritt
Guitar Chords: G, C, D, Em
You know how other people would dissuade you from following your dreams simply because ‘they’ know better? So, you work your butt off to prove them wrong and ‘become somebody’. It’s a story line that almost all of us can relate to. This 1990 song delivers that message.
Beyond the less-than-unique lyrics, the song excels in providing you with a tonal structure that is pleasant to listen to. The song’s tempo is also modest enough for absolute beginners to nail its rhythm. This song can be a great exercise for your fingers. And if you decide to use a guitar pick, the midtempo should make it easy for you to strike the strings with precision.
24. I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton
Guitar Chords: G, Em, C, D
People know this song as the piece that defined the career of Whitney Houston in 1992. The song is a chart-topper at the Hot 100 and is recognized as the all-time best-selling single. However, Houston’s song is a pop version of Dolly Parton’s original country piece. You see, it was Parton who first recorded the song in 1974. Parton’s song performed well, too. Parton’s country version of this song also topped the charts of the Hot Country Songs.
Here’s the thing. You will still play the same chord pattern and progression regardless of which version of the song you decide to play. It has a slow tempo that should make it easy for beginner guitarists to execute the strumming with precision. If any, it’s the simple arpeggio in the intro that I encourage you to learn.
25. Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
Guitar Chords: G, D, Em7, C
One of the fastest-rising country music duos on the land in the 21st century is Florida Georgia Line. They are best known for their musical creations that integrate elements of electronica, hard rock, and hip-hop. These are the very same elements you get when you either play or listen to their 2011 bro-country hit song, Cruise. The song has a nice rhythm and the lyrics are worth singing along to.
Cruise combines the soulful rythm of traditional country music with the electrifying rock and roll backing of stadium-show banjos, drums, and guitars. It is a feel-good song that is perfect for anyone who wants to have a good time. It also has a hint of dance music that should keep your friends on the dance floor, while you’re playing this on your guitar. All in all, if you’re looking for easy country songs to play on guitar this is a great option.
26. Thank God I’m a Country Boy by John Denver
Guitar Chords: A, D, G, E
Country Boy will have you strumming your guitar in a very upbeat manner and gleefully tapping your boots at the same time. It has that infectious vibe that entices everyone to get up from their seats and start dancing. It is quite a tricky song to sing. However, the chords of this 1975 song are so playful that you won’t be able to help but swing to the beat.
The 132 BPM tempo of this country song makes it sound more like contemporary hard rock. It will push the abilities of your wrists and fingers. It is good that the strumming pattern isn’t that complicated. Otherwise, beginner guitarists might find this song too tricky for them to play. Country Boy is such a fun country song to play, especially if you have friends who love to dance to the groove of the guitar.
27. Hurricane by Luke Combs
Guitar Chords: G, C, D, Em
Many contemporary country songs already integrate elements from different music genres into their composition. This appeals more to the audience of the modern times. Take Hurricane, for example. This 2016 song has elements of rock, ballad, and pop. One good thing about the song is that it doesn’t shy away from the fundamentals of a classic country piece.
The nice tune of this song will have you humming, while strumming the four easy chords. Memorizing the progression isn’t that difficult either. It’s straightforward. The only thing that you need to be concerned about is getting the correct timing of the rhythm. Adding a few bass notes will also help improve the overall harmonic characteristics of the song. This is a crucial skill that all aspiring guitarists need to learn and develop.
28. I Got Away with You by Luke Combs
Guitar Chords: G, C, D, Em
This song came with Hurricane in the 2017 album that launched the career of Luke Combs as a country music artist. The melody is a lot closer to a ballad, making it a great piece to sing. I can think of many instances when you can play, I Got Away on your guitar. Most of my pals play it in their solitude, although most will play the song with their loved ones.
However, you decide to play this contemporary country song, learning it should be easy. It has the same chord pattern and progression like Hurricane. You can almost swap the two, differing only in tempo. I Got Away has a more laid-back vibe, one that will have you lying on your bed while playing the song.
29. Ol’ Red by Blake Shelton
Guitar Chords: E, A, D, B7
Many of the songs we have today are covers of originals. You can look at these songs as copies, although with a twist to appeal to the exacting tastes of modern listeners. One such song is Ol’ Red. This is a song that has its origins in 1990 as a George Jones recording. The catchy melodies of the song also got the attention of Kenny Rogers, who covered it in 1993. It was Blake Shelton’s 2002 cover that sent Ol’ Red to the Hot Country Songs’ Top 20, where it peaked at the 14th spot.
The song has a blues-like rhythm that should appeal to fans of the genre. More importantly, this relaxed rhythm is what’s going to help you feel at ease whenever you play this Shelton country cover.
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30. The Dance by Garth Brooks
Guitar Chords: G, C, D, Em
There are two ways people interpret the lyrics of this 1990 country song. The piece serves as a soulful love song for those who are still reeling from a breakup. For those who want to be more poetic, The Dance serves as an interesting piece that venerates those things in life that are worth dying for. The lyrics can be morbid and the melodies are sure to have your tissue box emptied in no time.
However, this is one fascinating country song that is not only worth listening to. It is also very playable on the guitar of an absolute beginner. Playing it is never a concern because of the slow rhythm of the piece. It is a great song to practice your basic fingerpicking techniques. Doing so gives the song its great harmonic and melodic qualities.
31. Farmer’s Daughter by Rodney Atkins
Guitar Chords: G, A, D, Em
Farmer’s Daughter contains many of the elements of a classic country music piece. The story is clear and relatable and the tonal structure is simple. It creates a very pleasant sound that will never irritate your ears. The song also has an almost catchy vibe that is perfect for those lazy, laid back summer afternoons.
I recommend using a capo for this song to raise its pitch a little bit. Place the capo on the 4th fret of your guitar and proceed on the strumming of the chords like you normally do. This will give you a nice tone that is a lot closer to the original composition of the piece. Give it a few strums at first to get your ears acquainted with both the song’s melody and tune.
32. Drunk on You by Luke Bryan
Guitar Chords: Cadd9, G, D, Em7
I love the way in which this song was written and composed. It has that auditory landscape and color that allows any listener to feel every word that comes out of Luke Bryan’s mouth. As some music experts say, this is one fine piece of country music that has all the makings of a great musical piece. You can call it the music equivalent of wine aging to perfection in the barrel.
While some of the lyrics can be cheesy, the chords do have a simple structure and progression that is easy for beginners to pick up.
33. Somebody Like You by Keith Urban
Guitar Chords: E, A, B, C#m
The intro alone of this 2002 song is enough to get everyone around you start humming to the melody of the song. It has a catchy rhythm that is almost like chart-topping pop songs. And when Urban starts with his characteristic vocals, you’ve got a song that is sure to get everyone in the room involved.
The magic of this song is undeniable. You can feel the vibe straight from the first few strums of the strings. And if you attempt to learn the fingerstyle of this Hot Country Singles-topping musical piece, you’ll elevate the song’s natural harmonic qualities further. If arpeggio intimidates you, then a simple strumming pattern should do the trick. Do take note that the tempo for the strumming is a bit fast.
34. In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young
Guitar Chords: G, C, D, Em
I suggest grabbing a beer or two if you do decide to play this song one languid Sunday afternoon. Having a few slices of char-grilled meat would also help. Get ready to strum the song’s 4 easy chords and let the day simply pass you by. This is what playing this Brett Young song will bring you. It has an unperturbed rhythm that makes the song easy on the ears.
Recorded in 2016, In Case is not the type of country song that is sure to top the charts. However, it does have a groove that makes it very likeable. Its lyrics are also easy to understand. All these things make the playing of this song on the guitar a lot easier than others.
35. Sixteen Tons by Merle Travis
Guitar Chords: Em, C, B7, Am
Musicologists consider Sixteen Tons as a folk song first recorded by Merle Travis in 1946. It is a lovely piece of music history that got covered by different artists through the years. Tennessee Ernie Ford covered this song in 1955 to give it a more country feel. Ford’s rendition of the song saw it top the Billboard charts. This same version also got inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2015.
You may not be familiar with the lyrics. However, I am pretty sure you recognize the melodies. Playing this song requires a combination of precision fingerpicking. However, it is always ideal to start with a few basic strums if you’re still not comfortable with arpeggio.
36. I Wish Grandpas Never Died by Riley Green
Guitar Chords: G, C, D, Em
This song’s intro guitar riff has a very familiar riff. It has a very smooth melody that is made more even more fascinating by the addition of alternating bass notes. It is a very contemporary country song, having been released only in September of 2019. It remains true to the fundamentals of the genre. However, Green was courageous enough to add a few elements of pop in the right amounts to give it a more likeable vibe.
I Wish is a great song to perfect your strumming skills. It also works to get you well acquainted with basic fingerstyles. This is especially true for the song’s intro. I think getting the arpeggio of this section right will set you up for more meaningful adventures in the world of country music.
37. Even Though I’m Leaving by Luke Combs
Guitar Chords: D, G, Bm, A
This is another contemporary song that is perfect for an easy afternoon playing the guitar. It is a soft and melodic mandolin-infused song that reaches the ears in a very nice way. You might say that the song is a certified stone-cold tearjerker. Even if you don’t sing the song, its soft and almost-sad harmonics are enough to make you reach for a tissue.
The strumming can’t get any simpler than the usual down-up combos. The chords aren’t going to put a strain on your fingers either. The rhythm is simple and can help you get in the groove in no time. The next thing you know, you’ll already be playing this 2019 song like a true country music artist. You should give it a try
38. If I Die Young by The Band Perry
Guitar Chords: G, D, A, Bm4
Nobody wants to die young. This 2010 bluegrass country song describes the unforgiving sadness and despair that young people feel when confronted with death at a young age. It is a morbid song, but one with many great elements that will still make you feel good about life in general. While the song did not top the charts, it did break into the Hot 100 and the Hot Country Songs charts.
If I Die Young sounds great on the guitar. This is even though there is a multitude of instruments used in its recording. The guitar is the perfect instrument for wannabe Band Perrys to play the song. Strumming the 4 chords is enough to give the song its characteristic sweet melody
39. Everything has Changed by Taylor Swift with Ed Sheeran
Guitar Chords: D, G, Bm, A, Em7
Many of my friends admit that they could play this song on the guitar all day long. I’m pretty sure you will, too. Having Taylor sing the song is one thing. Getting Ed Sheeran to feature in the piece is like adding more layers of goodness to an already excellent country music piece. This 2013 guitar ballad is a nice blend of pop and folk genres that should appeal to people with eclectic musical tastes.
You’ll never have issues playing this country song. Five chords may be more than what you find comfortable. However, the chords are never that difficult to play. The rhythm of the song is also slow enough to work your own pace. It also needs only mostly downstrums, with occasional upstrums every now and then. That’s easy.
40. Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
Guitar Chords: G, C, D, A, E
Rounding up our list of the 40 easy country songs to play on a guitar is Dolly Parton’s 1971 classic country, Coat of Many Colors. This song didn’t top any charts, although it did reach the 4th top spot on the Country Singles. It’s also a National Recording Registry inductee in 2011. Different contemporary artists have also either covered Parton’s song or given their own rendition, including Shania Twain.
A simple strumming technique is enough to play this Parton classic. However, more adventurous guitarists always play this piece using the fingerstyle. If you can will your fingers to move with precision and utmost flexibility, I strongly encourage you to do the arpeggio as well. Not only does this technique give the song a very vibrant melody, but it is also a good tool for enhancing your guitar playing skills.
It takes patience and dedication to learn how to play any song on the guitar. This is regardless of the song’s level of difficulty. As always, I recommend mastering the common guitar chords and the basic strumming patterns. This should help you get better acquainted with the other techniques of playing the guitar.
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