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I was talking to a guy who used to teach guitar.  He asked me what my goals were with learning guitar.  I hadn't thought about it that way before, but I told him that I wanted to be able to play a song.  He said that I should pick a song that I could play on an acoustic with standard tuning.  If you're at somebody's house and they want you to play something, they will most likely have an acoustic.  With electric guitars, you may not be able to achieve the right sound to play a song right.  I like this idea.

 

So I'm looking for a song that I could play on an acoustic with standard tuning.  It's got to be fairly simple as I'm a noob.  I'd like it to be something that either sounds really nice.  Something like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_tORtmKIjE

Or something that everybody would recognize, like a classic rock song.

 

I'd also like it to be in Rocksmith, as that makes learning it more fun.

 

Any suggestions?

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I'd say High and Dry by Radiohead would fit pretty well. It's pretty easy song to learn and it's on standard E tuning. It's on Rocksmith, so you gotta either get the import tool for 2014 or get the original.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKkr29EGc-YIf you're willing to go down to Eb tuning, Swing Life Away by Rise Against would be another one, although it's a bit tough. It's official DLC.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7mZkt4bP5ILast one I'd reccommend is Theme Of Laura by Akira Yamaoka. It's originally played with electric guitar, but it works really well with acoustic too IMO. It's in Standard E tuning as well. It can be found in CDLC section here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LB7LZZGpkwHope this helps you a bit!

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Knockin' on Heavens Door starting with the Rhythm part to know the chords is fairly easy and well known.

Californication is not that hard and pretty interesting to play too and you need an electric only during the solo.

Zombies from the Cramberries is really easy too and play really well on an acoustic.

 

You can also take a look at all the Oasis songs.

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Thanks for the suggestions.  Even though I've never cared much for Bob Dylan, Knockin' on Heaven's Door looks like it will be a great song for what I'm looking for.  It's easy, and it uses chords I already know and am mostly familiar with (though I never did learn D properly).  I'm going to start with that

 

Thanks again for all the suggestions.  I think that first one shouldn't take me too long to learn.  Then I'll look at the other ones listed.

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I guess you could learn nothing else matters, thought it does require some finger work with the right hand (if you normally pick with your right) You can learn it if you just practice enough. And it is a fairly recognizable song. 

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Without a doubt Three Little Birds by Bob Marley theres cdlc for it and go here for the ultra easy acoustic lesson.....

 

http://www.justinguitar.com/en/BS-101-ThreeLittleBirds-BobMarley.php

 

The suggestions above are fine but if you want a song that EVERYBODY knows then this is the one in my opinion.

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Without a doubt Three Little Birds by Bob Marley theres cdlc for it and go here for the ultra easy acoustic lesson.....

 

http://www.justinguitar.com/en/BS-101-ThreeLittleBirds-BobMarley.php

 

The suggestions above are fine but if you want a song that EVERYBODY knows then this is the one in my opinion.

 

I've never heard that song before, but it does sound learnable.

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http://customsforge.com/page/customsforge_rs_2014_cdlc.html/_/pc-enabled-rs-2014-cdlc/hurt-r5009

 

It's basically 4 main chords, but they are 99% played as arpeggios (pick 1, pick 2 - strum rest). once you have the pattern sorted in your head, it's actually a fairly easy song.

 

Edit: There is also a youtube channel called ThreeChordGuitar - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMrJztSEGkHSzKtrG6zf7UA

 

Most of the lessons were posted a few years aback - but I frequently find myself going back to them when I feel it's time to brush up on the acoustic jams.

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My mate churns out a good rendition of "What's going on?" by 4 Non Blondes. Nearly everyone know's that song and it's like 3 chords. I used to play "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M and that was pretty simple too... if you go for a catchy tune with a chorus everyone can join in you'll be loved at any party... or hated, depending how awful the chorus accompaniment of 'X' amount of drunk people, sing :) 

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You will probably want to pick out a song that has distinct riff that everyone knows.  Or have a decent signing voice.  Bowie's Rebel Rebel is a quick easy song to learn (D, E, A, Bm) with the same strum pattern through most of the song.  If I play it, most people won't recognize the song with my (not so good) singing to go with it.

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Well, I started playing the guitar in January and the Rocksmith 2014's easier song is, in my opinion, Next Girl (The Black Keys). Another easy one is Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones) or Breaking the Law (Judas Priest).

And everybody knows Smoke on the water (Deep Purple), but I am not able to play the solo, thogh the riff is so simple.

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@up: Very easy is also Sabaton's "Ghost Division", most of Joy Division's songs... Rhythm from Metallica's "Enter Sandman"

Deep Purple's "Perfect Strangers" (except solo)... "Don't bring me down" by Electric Light Orchestra...

 

Many, many songs - just name genre :)

 

@EDIT: How could I forget - Omega "Gyöngyhajú lány"

Feel free to edit my CDLCs, use tones etc.

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Holiday Road by Lindsey Buckingham is extremely simple, short(2:20 seconds), and damn fun to play as well on either acoustic or electric. Knocking on Heavens door though a great tune is a bit much for a total new guitarist. Creep by Radiohead would be better really. The Beatles, Paperback Writer is great for learning a couple chords and its just that as well(2 chord song) Good Luck and practice an hour a day everyday.

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