Looking for easy electric guitar songs? If you’re ready to start laying down some heavy riffs, keep reading.
In this article we’ll share seven easy metal songs on guitar that even beginners can learn to play.
You may not be a Randy Rhoads or a Zak Wylde yet, but if you have something to say then there’s plenty of room on the Ozzfest stage! Let’s start with the top seven easy rock guitar songs.
Easy Electric Guitar Songs for Rock & Metal Fans
This may very well be the coolest, heaviest guitar song ever, yet it’s also just about the easiest one to play. With this simple song, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath virtually invented this style of guitar!
Have fun trying out this fun song to play that goes at a tempo anyone can master.
This is one of our favorite easy rock guitar songs with its timeless, catchy riff that doubles as the hook of the song.
It is estimated this riff made a million 14 year olds pick up the guitar for the first time in 1970, and it made believers out of 38 million fans. It made Page a force to be reckoned with and it can do the same for you at band practice.
It doesn’t even matter if you can play fast lead guitar like Jimmy, because you can learn this opening riff in just a few minutes.
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From the epic opening power chords of this song to the distinctive climbing riff played by Angus Young of AC/DC, this song has it all: simplicity, power, driving beat, and Gollum-like vocals by lead singer Brian Johnson.
The A major, D major, and E major chords comprise the foundation, and it is instantly recognizable.
Back in the day when albums ruled radio, most folks were strumming their acoustic guitars to the country rock sounds of Laurel Canyon Blvd and Newport Beach.
Then came the aggressive stance of English rockers Judas Priest and their incredible power chords played on Les Paul’s and Stratocasters, and Marshall Amps turned up as loud as possible.
When Rob Halford sang about fighting to get out of poverty in the UK Midlands you knew he meant every word. It was a battle cry for youth worldwide.
With its simple walk down style power chords, this song is reminiscent of AC/DC chord choices. And even if you dislike James Hetfield’s wild vocals, you will love his rhythm guitar playing. This song begs for no mercy.
Bonus: Another one of the best easy rock guitar songs is “Kill’ Em All,” which is on the same album. Its brutal relentless attack is a fan favorite.
System, or SOAD as they used to be called, play “Lonely Day” in a cool Db tuning, one and a half steps below standard tuning. The song sounds heavier and darker as a result, even though it is a metal ballad.
Anyone can play this one by using fingerpicking on the simple intro parts and letting loose on the power chords. It evokes the utter sadness of men traveling by themselves on tour and watching the world fall apart.
Avenged Sevenfold’s song “This Means War” includes a slow-paced riff with a fun audience singalong so it is almost an anthem. You could play this easy rock guitar song in your sleep.
A plodding guitar part played on the Sinister Gates model Schecter electric guitar evokes all the angst a metal guitarist can unleash.
Ready to master all of these easy electric guitar songs? If you need help, you can always try working with a private guitar teacher. Search for a guitar teacher today, or get started with some free online guitar classes.
Post Author: James W. teaches guitar lessons in Jacksonville, FL. He specializes in teaching pop, rock, and modern country styles. James has been teaching for 10 years. Learn more about James here!
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