If you’re like many beginners on the guitar, you’ve likely faced the following scenario:
You push yourself to learn at least 1 or 2 easy songs with simple chords.
Eventually, you’re able to bang out halfway decent versions of these tunes.
But you soon get tired of playing the same beginner songs again and again.
The most obvious solution is to learn more chords so you can play more tunes. But it took so long to reach this point that the idea of trying harder material seems daunting. And the thought of putting in countless extra hours of practice makes the guitar less and less appealing.
Many beginners even quit.
This is exactly what happened to me. After weeks of rigorous practice, I was able to play a version of Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan) that used 3 simple chords – G, C, and D.
I enjoyed playing it at first.
But got bored pretty quickly.
If this sounds familiar, keep reading.
Why not expand Your Song Repertoire into the Hundreds?
Maybe you’re in the same boat that I was in – i.e. bored and ready to quit. You might even be stuck with the same chords I was stuck on (G, C, and D).
If so, don’t give up just yet.
It turns out there are lots of songs that use those 3 chords. And the Chord Genome Project is a free search engine that can help you quickly find them.
Just type in your chords, whether you know:
G, C, D
A, E, D, F#m
C, Fmaj7, Am, E5, D7, Gsus4, Bm6add9
And the tool will show you hundreds of songs that use your chords (and only those chords).
For example, a search of G, C, and D produces nearly 400 easy songs that you can start playing right away. But even though each of these tunes uses the same 3 chords, every song is unique:
Each of these songs uses the same underlying chords. But their melodies, tempos, and strumming patterns are all different. And you could spend an entire lifetime discovering new music to play – without learning a single new chord.
I don’t recommend that. You should continue adding chords until the day you die.
The point is, there are many legitimate reasons to take a break from the guitar, including:
But boredom is no longer an excuse. It you know where to look, you won’t ever have to worry about playing the same song(s) again and again.
About Austin Brentley
Austin Brentley is the creator of the Chord Genome Project, a music search engine that lets you find songs based on the chords they use. The platform is designed for frustrated beginners on the guitar, ukulele, banjo, and mandolin.