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Hi guys,

Songs that have really worked for me are:

Green Day - Time Of Your Life - simple rhythm then into the actual rhythm he plays and introduce Cadd9 as well.

Coldplay - In My Place - in A but drop it to G Em Bm and D for first barre chord work - Bm.

U2 - Bm barre chord work - With or Without You

U2 - One - good rhythm song. Introduces Fjaj7.

U2 - Beatiful Day - plenty of moving around the fretboard.

Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry - good for F Barre chord work.

Bob Marley - Redemption Song - easy ryhthma nd good riff.

Eagles - Take It Easy - great open chord stuff.

Beatles - Hide Your Love Away - got great results with it.

Beatles - 8 days a Week - change key and use for open chord changing.

Stereophonics - Have a Nice Day - Nice open chords in that one.

Oasis - Live Forever (rhythm and solo work) and Wonderwall - I tend to use Wonderwall a little later though.

Oasis - Talk Tonight and Take Me Away - early B side- easy chords and great melody.

Sweet Home Alabama - Intro, first riff first solo - great for loads of weeks of work!

Guns n Roses - Paradise City - main intro riff great first string bending work

Sweet Child O Mine as well.

Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the Jar - loads of kids have asked for this one as well.

Smoke On The Water - riff and turn the notes in Power Chords G5 Bb5 C5 etc.. for first power chord work (though not in the original the chord changing gets them moving about with power chords)

Green Day - American Idiot - worked well with those getting better at E and A string power chords.

L Skynryd - Freebird - again F barre chord good rhythm tune.

Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker - good blues scale riffs.

Allman Brothers - Jessica (Top Gear Theme) good intro for major scale ideas - this came up recently in lessons and I used this as a good major scale lead intro example.

The Simpsons (intro) - for the younger kids dropped it to low strings for first notes etc...

Hopefully some of the above havent been on here before?

Thanks

James



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Well, giving away my secrets here, but this is pretty much how I start a complete beginner out:

Horse With No Name (America) - easy strum if you go 1, 2, 3, 4, and it's an easy change from 022000 to 200200 every 4 strums.

Achey Breaky Heart (Billy ray Cyrus) - A and E chords, and plenty of time on both.

Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin) - I don't worry about the pulloffs from the G note when teaching it, but I use it to introduce the D chord. Basically, a 24 bar blues in A, kids strum 4 strums per bar.

All Fired Up (Pat Benetar) - Introduces G. 16 strums of G, 8 strums of Em, 8 of D and we're done for the whole song.

The Middle (Jimmy Eat World) - Reinforces G with a slightly faster change - 8 strums each for D A G D for everything except the solo section, which is still those chords.

About now I'll use 2 songs I've transposed to A that have 1chord/1bar changes that make the kids work, while still working the early G songs:

Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) - pretty quick changes at this stage of things, use xxx222 for F#m.

Walk Of Life (Dire Straits) - has a varied bunch of changes, not all 4 strums per chord, but still fairly difficult at this stage.

Keep reinforcing G.

Long Way To The Top (ACDC) - Faster G change (4 strums) in the chorus. Kids complain about how much A is present in the verses though.

Sweet Child O Mine (GnR) - first verse and chorus chords only, introduces C, keeps reinforcing G, D and A.

Rock Around The Clock (Bill Hayley - Introduces F while keeping C a factor but the changes aren't quick. Using x3321x and x3201x can be used to illustrate the possibility of quick changes while keeping some fingers in place.

Patience (GnR) - Faster C and G changes.

Ect. so forth.

I base a song's diffculty on a couple of factors - what the chord is, how long you spend on it, and how long you spent on the previous chord...



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Still just getting warmed up here, but to the already excellent list of songs to work on barre chords I've added Jack Johnson's Sitting, Waiting, Wishing. Mixes majors with sevenths at a nice pace with a good rhythm to work from.
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"Dust In The Wind" (Kansas) and "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)" (John Lennon) are both very useful for teaching sus chords.
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Bob Marley - I shot the Sheriff. I used this this week with Debut level Rockchool pupils. I transcribed it to Am, and used it to teach Dm and F, aswell as the riff bit, which is A minor pentatonic - a scale required by that level, so you get a fair bit of mileage from it!
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Hi,

I thought some of you might enjoy learning and teaching this fun tune.

It's called Whiskey Before Breakfast.

I really enjoyed learning this and can't wait to teach it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L9fBPUswjU&feature=related

Great video lesson. Love that Blue Grass!

Steve

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John Butler Trio's "Zebra".

Lovely introduction to minor pentatonic scales and "5" chords. (power chords)
(C#5, D5, E5, F#5: C#5, D5, E5, C#5)
Really accessible riffs off the D ninth fret.

My students were able to play it live with choir in 6 weeks.
They all knew it, they all wanted to play it, they were all thrilled when they realised how easy it was! Good live performance.
Result!

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Can you email me a chart for that?

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I don’t like teaching songs in general. In fact, I only know a handful of songs myself. I preer to teach mechanics of palying that will help students to create their own music ASAP.
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Jumping Jack Flash is pretty popular right now. The riff gets them interested and the chorus is easy enough.

I've charted out a version of Dragon Force's "Through Fire And Flames" that I use for the kids to map out power chords. It's pretty funny really, because it always seems to get requested so I pull this out when I think they might be able to have a crack, get them to map it out (eg, 5th fret E string) and then let them play along.

Them: "Oh, it's too hard"
Me: "Yeah, well, I f**king told you so"

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