Pop Songs Lessons

Stitches by Shawn Mendes

Stitches by Shawn Mendes

In this lesson we will learn the smash pop hit Stitches. The tune requires a capo and some finger style skill. It uses 4 chords throughout - Am, G, C, and F. Just 3 sections to learn for the arrangement.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Love Yourself by Justin Bieber

Love Yourself by Justin Bieber

Check out this lesson of Love Yourself.  Good song for electric or acoustic.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Creep by Radiohead

Creep by Radiohead

Learn this easy 4 chord acoustic version of Creep by Radiohead.

Song Difficulty: 3

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More Than Words by Extreme Part 2

More Than Words by Extreme Part 2

This finger style tune by Extreme requires you to tune down a half step to be in tune with the original recording.

Song Difficulty: 5

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More Than Words by Extreme Part 1

More Than Words by Extreme Part 1

This finger style tune by Extreme requires you to tune down a half step to be in tune with the original recording.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Lose Yourself by Eminem

Lose Yourself by Eminem

Its not often that you hear guitar as the main instrument in the rap genre, but this one is an exception. The power chord riff sets the mood and groove for the vibe of the song. The song is played in Dm and implies 3 different chords from the D power chord position.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Renegades by X Ambassadors

Renegades by X Ambassadors

In this lesson we will learn the song Renegades.  This is an easy 4 chord song with the same arrangement throughout.  The intro applies a nice hybrid picking technique.  The chords used are Bm, D, A, and G

Song Difficulty: 3

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Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran

Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran

Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran is a fairy easy 4 chord Pop tune.  The trick here is getting the accented rhythm down.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Ex's and Oh's by Elle King

Ex's and Oh's by Elle King

Ex's & Oh's is an uptempo pop-rock song that blends elements of alternative rock, blues rock, and rockabilly. Chords needed for this tune include Em, B7, G, D, C, and A.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Happier by Ed Sheeran

Happier by Ed Sheeran

This song is easy in respect to the chords used and the arrangement. Just need to know Am7, F, and C. However, there are some embellishments that make it sound more interesting and give it that Ed Sheeran sound.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Lips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor

Lips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor

Learn how to play this easy 3 chord pop tune.  Chords used are G, C, and Am

Song Difficulty: 3

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Sweet Creature by Harry Styles

Sweet Creature by Harry Styles

Sweet Creature is written in the key of G and incorporates finger style guitar. The song contains this heavy acoustic guitar part making it a great song to learn for those interested in finger style acoustic guitar.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Say You Won't Let Go by James Arthur

Say You Won't Let Go by James Arthur

This tune uses just 4 chords - G, D, Em7, and C.  You will also need a capo at the 3rd fret to be in tune with the record.  The song is played fingerstyle and uses basically the same arrangement throughout the entire tune.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Daughters by John Mayer

Daughters by John Mayer

Great acoustic tune! Written with the use of interesting extended and altered chords in classic John Mayer fashion. The chords used in this song are complex, especially in the bridge. If you are for a challenge and increasing your chord knowledge, this is a good song for you to study.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Malibu by Miley Cyrus

Malibu by Miley Cyrus

We will be learning an acoustic fingerstyle version of this Miley Cyrus tune.  The song requires a capo at the first fret and knowledge of some open chords and a Bm barre chord.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Feel It Still by Portugal The Man

Feel It Still by Portugal The Man

In this lesson we are going to learn all the parts to Feel It Still by Portugal The Man.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Cold Cold Cold by Cage The Elephant

Cold Cold Cold by Cage The Elephant

In this lesson we will be learning all the parts to Cold Cold Cold by Cage The Elephant, including the solo.  Need to know some basic barre chords for this one.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Hey Ho by the Lumineers

Hey Ho by the Lumineers

In this lesson we will learn Hey Ho by the Lumineers. Good song for beginners that know open chords.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Rolling in the Deep by Adele

In this lesson we will learn Rolling in the Deep by Adele. This is a great tune for beginners as it uses only power chords.

Song Difficulty: 1

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Angel by Jack Johnson

Angel by Jack Johnson

In this lesson we will be learning Angel by Jack Johnson. Great tune for beginners. Uses mainly open chords.

Song Difficulty: 2

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When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars

When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars

In this lesson we will learn When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Brave by Sara Bareilles

Brave by Sara Bareilles

In this lesson we will study Brave by Sara Bareilles

Song Difficulty: 2

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Let Her Go by Passenger (Chords and Tab)

Let Her Go by Passenger (Chords and Tab)

In this lesson we will be studying the song Let Her Go by Passenger. This piece includes a fingerstyle intro with a capo at the 7th fret. Let Her Go chords are relatively basic chords with some melodic embellishments throughout.  For the intro, a fingerstyle approach is used.  The rest of the song uses strumming of these chords.

Song Difficulty: 7

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Demons by Imagine Dragons

Demons by Imagine Dragons

In this lesson we will learn Demons by Imagine Dragons.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Im Yours by Jason Mraz

Im Yours by Jason Mraz

In this lesson we will learn the Jason Mraz tune I'm Yours. This song requires a capo on the 2nd fret.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Forget You by Cee-Lo

Forget You by Cee-Lo

In this lesson we will do a song study of the tune Forget You by Cee-Lo.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Somebody I Used To Know

Somebody I Used To Know

In this lesson we will learn Somebody I Used To Know by GOTYE.

Song Difficulty: 3

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We Are Young by Fun

We Are Young by Fun

In this lesson we will learn the the song We Are Young by Fun.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Roar by Katy Perry

Roar by Katy Perry

In this lesson we will learn the Katy Perry song Roar. Capo required for this song.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Wild Ones by Flo Rida

Wild Ones by Flo Rida

In this lesson we will study the chord progression to Wild Ones by Flo Rida

Song Difficulty: 2

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Starships by Nicki Minaj

Starships by Nicki Minaj

In this lesson we will study the chord progression and guitar parts to Starships by Nicki Minaj.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Home by Phillip Phillips

Home by Phillip Phillips

In this lesson we will study Home by Phillip Phillips.

Song Difficulty: 3

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No Such Thing by John Mayer

No Such Thing by John Mayer

This lesson is a song study of John Mayer's "No Such Thing"

Song Difficulty: 7

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What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction

What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction

This is a song study of What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction

Song Difficulty: 2

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What I Got by Sublime

What I Got by Sublime

In this lesson we will study the song What I Got by Sublime.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Rude by Magic!

Rude by Magic!

In this lesson we will be learning Rude by Magic! This is a reggae style tune using barre chords and related barre chord voicings.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Thinking Out Loud Chords

Thinking Out Loud Chords

In this free guitar lesson we will be learning Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. This popular tune is a great song for beginners. This lesson also includes a tab sheet that you can download to follow along with the video. Thinking Out Loud chords are A, D, Em, Bm, and G.  There are also A7 and D/F# used in the song. In the verse of the song Ed uses a quick hammer on lick over the A chord going into the D chord.  This short melodic lick leads us back the the beginning of the phrase.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Use Somebody by Kings of Leon

Use Somebody by Kings of Leon

Learn how to play Use Somebody by Kings of Leon. The song is relatively easy with just a few parts and an easy guitar solo.

Song Difficulty: 3

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I'm Not The Only One by Sam Smith

I'm Not The Only One by Sam Smith

In this lesson we will be learning I'm Not The Only One by Sam Smith.

Song Difficulty: 3

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All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

In this lesson we will be learning All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor. This is a basic 3 chord tune.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Take Me To Church by Hozier

Take Me To Church by Hozier

In this lesson we will study the chord progression and transpose for guitar.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus

Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus

Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus begins with an R&B like chord based riff with an interesting use of rhythmic dead notes. The rest of the tune, other than the bridge is based off of the same chord progression. This tune, while played on an electric could easily be adapted to play on an acoustic with basic barre chords.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Pink Panther Theme

Pink Panther Theme

In this lesson we will study the melody to the Pink Panther theme song.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Gravity by John Mayer

Gravity by John Mayer

In this lesson we will study Gravity by John Mayer. There are just 2 parts to this soulful tune that used Hendrix style major chord voicings and maj7 chords in the choruses.

Song Difficulty: 4

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A Team by Ed Sheeran

A Team by Ed Sheeran

In this lesson we will be learning A Team by Ed Sheeran. This song will require a capo at the 2nd fret

Song Difficulty: 3

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Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

This is a super easy 3 chord pop tune using Am, C, and G. Great tune for beginners. There is no real guitar part in the original recording so you are free to be creative.

Song Difficulty: 1

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Your Song by Ellie Goulding

Your Song by Ellie Goulding

In this lesson we will learn Ellie Goulding's version of the classic Elton John tune "Your Song". Capo at 3rd fret.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Ants Marching by Dave Matthews

Ants Marching by Dave Matthews

In this lesson we will study Ants Marching by Dave Matthews

Song Difficulty: 5

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All of Me by John Legend

All of Me by John Legend

In this lesson we will be arranging the piano based John Legend tune All of Me for acoustic guitar. Requires a capo at the 1st fret.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Hey There Delilah by the Plain White T's

Hey There Delilah by the Plain White T's

In this lesson I will teach how to play Hey There Delilah. Great tune for finger pickers.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Counting Stars by One Republic

Counting Stars by One Republic

In this lesson we will be learning Counting Stars by One Republic. Pretty simple tune. Does require a capo

Song Difficulty: 2

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Happy by Pharrell Williams

Happy by Pharrell Williams

In this lesson we will be learning Happy by Pharrell Williams. The tune consists of just 2 parts. A bluesy pentatonic minor lick fills the verses and the chorus contains a Cmaj7, Bm, and E7 chord. The song does require a capo to be in tune with the original recording.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Riptide by Vance Joy

Riptide by Vance Joy

This is a relatively simple tune using 3 or 4 open chords. The trick here is getting the strum pattern down.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Wake Me Up by Avicii

Wake Me Up by Avicii

This tune has a simple 4 chord progression using all open chords. The challenging part of this song is the rhythm. You will need to know C, F, Am, G, and E

Song Difficulty: 4

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Payphone by Maroon 5

Payphone by Maroon 5

This is a song study of Payphone by Maroon 5

Song Difficulty: 2

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