What Song is a MUST LEARN for Guitarists?

Mike Myers from the film Wayne’s World,”No Stairway, denied!”

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  • SVH

    Crazy Train!

  • What about Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” – it’s got a famous riff that later became a primary building block for guitar legends like jimi hendrix, jimmy page, stevie ray vaughaun, and all the numerous guitarists from the 80’s that we still love and admire.

  • *meant to spell “Vaughan” – all respects to Stevie.

  • When I started, I tried “Leavin’ on a jetplane”…chords are quite simple made me master my crafter guitar. ^_^

  • @SVH – Crazy Train, hell yes! @ Robert – Johnny B. Goode… solid MUST!

  • What happened to smoke on the water?

  • Art Tryon

    I was also wondering where “Smoke on the Water” was on the list….seems a logical choice for many. For me it was “2112” and ” working man” by RUSH

    • @Art – Good point on Smoke on the Water. Also, 2112 Overture, AWESOME!!!

  • The Thrill is gone, blues by BB King, because it’s blues with some basic elements of jazz in it. You need to have a basic understanding of blues and then every other kind of music will fall into place.

  • Yeah, “Smoke on the Water” was my first song to learn. Also, “Paranoid” is another

  • LJ

    Iron Man riff was one of my firsts, but i thought of Smoke on the Water being missing was odd.

    The Wayne’s World clip cracks me up. I remember going into guitar stores and people playing the first parts of that song, Iron Man, Smoke on the Water, and later Enter Sandman over and over

  • Martin de Vore

    While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

  • Smoke On The Water / Deep Purple ,,,,Don’t plug in,,If you Don’t Know this Song!!

    •  A lot of people play it even if they don’t know it…

  • I’m plugging in and jamming to it….pronto! 😉

  • Over the years, common-ground songs I’ve always fallen back on…

    “Blitzkrieg Bop” by the Ramones (or really anything by the Ramones)
    “Enter Sandman” – Metallica
    “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana
    “Basket Case” or “She” – Green Day
    “Hey Joe” – Jimi Hendrix (& everyone else on the planet.)
    “Paranoid” or “Sweet Leaf” – Black Sabbath
    “Last Caress”, “Die, Die My Darling”, “I Turned Into a Martian” or anything by the Misfits

  • WadeK

    Crossroads, White Room, Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)
    Keep Your Lamps (Trimmed and Burnin’) (Rev Gary Davis/Hot Tuna)
    Whippin’ Post, (In Memory of) Elizabeth Reed, Little Martha, (Allman Bros Band)
    House of The Rising Sun (Frijid Pink)

  • James Szklarski

    Cocaine by Eric Clapton/jj cale. Easy chord progression. You can jam on it for days.

  • steven cooper

    One song that is real easy yet very heavy and has an awesome lead break is Strange Ways from KISS.

  • Mark Stevens

    Godzilla-Blue Oyster Cult!

  • JOHN

    b/c anyone can do, but everyone is sc–wed!!

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