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"My Girl" is really good for absolute beginners, the verse is just D to G, the bridge is D Em, G A7 X2 and the chorus D, D, Em, A7. The riff is simple pentatonic patterns around D and G. It's a good tune for practising single string picking and changing between chords and single string. Lets have some more on this page, it's really useful!
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This is a very interesting thread. I haven't started teaching for pay yet but I think "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (Zeppelin) is a great song for teaching finger picking and descending bass lines.

Then, to encourage the student's creative thinking abilities, it would be interesting to point out that the chord progression in this song is almost identical to Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4" and Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

You could have a fun excersise where you create a little medley with these three songs, jumping from one to the other. Then, perhaps you could create an assignment where you ask the student to take his/her favorite 3 chords and play them in a heavy metal style, a arpeggio ballad style, and perhaps a folksy strumming style.

What do you guys think? Any other ideas out there?
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I've been reading this thread with great interest and on the topic of selecting songs for students to learn, has anyone encountered problems with parents objecting to their kids learning songs that may have a violent or sexual subject matter? For example, "Hey Joe" has that whole violence-against-women theme going on, so if you were to teach it to, say, a 14 year old boy...?

I guess common sense would have to prevail but I was wondering if this has ever been an issue for any of you. I once knew of a mother of a 12 year old girl who was taking acoustic guitar lessons. This mother would not allow the girl to make the transition to electric guitar because she was worried that the girl would start drinking, smoking pot and hanging out with an unsavory crowd.
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It's a good point. although I have a 10 year old pupil whose father sits in on lessons and actively encourages him to learn "Highway to Hell" ( which is just A, G and G/F# in the verse and A, D and G in the chorus) as well as loads of Ozzy Osbourne tunes. I guess all we can do is run the tunes by the pupils, and parents where necessary. I usually ask beginners to come up with a list of five tunes tyey would like to play over their next lessons, which seems to be good for keeping their interest in the difficult few lessons.
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Got to say one song I get my students to learn is Bad Moon Rising.
It's great for getting the awkward leap from Dmajor to Gmajor. + it also promotes Creedence, so no bad thing either.

Also it isn't neccessarily a song but a good chord sequence to demostrate economic finger movement is - Am, Cmajor, Eminor, And Gmajor - it also gets the students familiar with four chords.
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Well, I'll chime in with what many may think silly.

I'm all for teaching just about any Stones tune before 1982's Tatoo You.

Great tracks, Open G tuning, kickin' Keef Riffs,

But I'm just a fan. I've heard that allot of these kids are into learning older Rock and Rock and Roll.

As I don't teach (yet) I didn't think any teen listened to anything older than Nirvana.
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I'm Pleased to see how well this thread is going!

On the subject of lyrics sensitivity:

 Many years ago I was teaching a self-proclaimed Seventh-Day Adventist (A born-again Christian who took almost everything in the Bible literally). I really struggled to come up with a song that she might not take exception to. For example I asked her if she'd like to learn 'House of the Rising Sun' warning her that it was a song about a whorehouse. She asked to see the lyrics and then said the song was fine because it clearly stated: 'it's been the ruin of many a young man..' so could be considered cautionary!

Seriously though - I think it a sensible policy to chat to parents about lyrics that might offend. They will really appreciate you taking the trouble to do this, whatever their views may be. And parents views about this sort of thing differ enormously.

On the subject of Golden Oldies:

I too use a lot of Stones songs as well as Beatles, Kinks, Chuck Berry, Elvis and others from the last Millenium. A good song is a good song and a useful teaching song is a useful teaching song. I rarely get any complaints from my students as long as I don't make the mistake of being too apologetic about it.

Once the kids have got a few chords under their belt I usually invite them to bring in their own CDs of favourite songs and show them that I am prepared to appreciate 'their music' as well.

Happy Teaching everyone!

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How about "Little Black Egg" to teach hammer ons? and a little finger picking?
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Hi everyone,

I have decided to make this topic stick at the top of the forum to encourage more replies and continue to build up a list of useful recommendations about songs we use to teach various aspects of technique etc to students.

Please feel free to add your ideas - I have had much feedback suggesting that this is one of the favourite threads on the forum, but it was getting hard to find stuck on page 28!

Happy Teaching!

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Here is a few for the hard rock/heavy metal student.

Back in black-AC/DC I teach the main part to my beginners. You can use the open E5,A5 and D5. I tell them later we can work on the fills.

Rock you like a hurricane- Scorpions nice easy power chord song

Livin after midnight- Judas Preist. another easy power chord song

Good ol Ironman- Sabbath. Great for introducing how to slide with chords.

Enter sandman- Metallica. A good intro to adding in single line riffs to power chords and learning the right hand muffleing technique( the chug! )
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