Beginner Folk Songs For Guitar

Welcome to this beginner folk songs for guitar page where you'll find many great songs you can easily learn on the acoustic. Help yourself to the free pdf chord sheet downloads where available and check out my acoustic versions from the free demos.

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Alexi Murdoch
Orange Sky
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Amos Lee
Arms Of A Woman
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Supply And Demand
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Sweet Pea
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Violin
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Windows Are Rolled Down
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Arlo Guthrie
Last To Leave
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Oklahoma Hills
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Try this beginner folk songs for guitar number by Arlo Guthrie called Oklahoma Hills. You can skip past the picking and just play rhythm using the free chord sheet.

St James Infirmary
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As Animals
I See Ghosts
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Avett Brothers
February 7
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Laundry Room
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Victims Of Life
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Bill Morrissey
Inside
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Bill Staines
The Fox
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Blaze Foley
Clay Pigeons
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If I Could Only Fly
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Bob Dylan
Anytime you're looking for beginner folk songs for guitar, Bob Dylan comes to mind. I say that because many of the 20 plus folks songs on the Dylan page you likely won't have any trouble with. Songs like Knocking On Heavens Door, Blowin In The Wind to Lay Lady Lay are good starter songs. Always remember to play rhythm all the way thru any song before getting bogged down in picking. You can always get those sections later on.

Bonnie Prince Billy
I See A Darkness
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Brett Dennen
Wild Child
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Bruce Cockburn
Cry Of A Tiny Babe
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Love Loves You Too
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Mighty Trucks Of Midnight
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The Whole Night Sky
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Wondering Were The Lions Are
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Caitlin Canty
Leapin Out
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Here is another one of those beginner folk songs for guitar that should not be overlooked from a lady with velvet voice, Catlain Canty. A mellow campfire kinda tune.

Time Rolls By
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Carly Simon
Anticipation
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Let The River Run
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The Right Thing To Do
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You're So Vain
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Carly Simon has been in the music biz for many years and some of her material make great beginner folk songs for guitar, especially for the ladies. I said some, not all. This song only has a few chords, unlike the one listed above this song.

Carole King
I Feel The Earth Move
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It's Too Late
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Pleasant Valley Sunday
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Smackwater Jack
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Cat Stevens

Cheryl Wheeler
When Fall Comes To New England
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Chester Knight
Love Me Strong
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Chris Deburgh
A Space Man Came Traveling
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Borderline
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Don't Pay The Ferryman
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Lady In Red
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Seven Bridges
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Christopher Cross
Sailing
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City & Color
Fragile Bird
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Clarence White
Never Ending Song Of Love
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Many beginner folk songs for guitar are standard 3 or 4 chord songs and this one from Clarence White falls into that category.

The Last Thing On My Mind
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Coven
One Tin Soldier
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CSNY

Damien Rice
Cannonball
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Volcano
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Dan Fogelberg
Hard To Say
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Lonely In Love
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Rhythm Of The Falling Rain
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Run For The Roses
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Same Old Lang Syne
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The Reach
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The Spirit Trail
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David Gates

David Mallett
Pennsylvania Sunrise
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David Milton
Life On The RGS
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David Wilcox
Eye Of The Hurricane
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Don McLean
American Pie
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Bronco Bills Lament
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Castles In The Air
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Empty Chairs
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The More You Pay
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Vincent
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Drew Holcomb
Tennessee
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The Wine We Drink
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What Would I Do Without You
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Foy Vance
She Burns
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Gilbert O'Sullivan
Alone Again Naturally
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GL Williams
Don't Fish And Drive
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Gordon Lightfoot

Gram Parsons
Sin City
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Streets Of Baltimore
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Guy Clark
Dublin Blues
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LA Freeway
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Stuff That Works
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The Cape
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Harry Chapin
Cats In The Cradle
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W.O.L.D.
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Hayden
When The Night Came And Took Us
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Iris Dement
Let The Mystery Be
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Our Town
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Jack Johnson
Breakdown
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Bubbly Toes
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Gone
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Good People
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Home
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Jake Bugg
Lightning Bolt
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Storm Passes Away
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James Keelaghan
Cold Missouri Waters
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James Taylor

Jason Mraz

Jim Croce

Jimmy Buffett

John Denver

John Prine
Out of all the artists in this group, I'd have to say that John Prine has the most beginner folk songs for guitar mainly because a lot of his songs are simple 3 or 4 chord structures, and some songs sound similar to others. John was a great artist and will be missed but his music lives on.
John Sebastian
Welcome Back
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John Stewart
Gold
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Johnny Swim
Annie
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Jose Feliciano
Chico And The Man
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Karen Dalton
Something On Your Mind
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Keith Carradine
I'm Easy
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Ken Tobias
Every Bit Of Love
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I Just Wanna Make Music
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Kenny Loggins & Mesinna
Danny's Song
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Footloose
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Heartlight
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House On Pooh Corner
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Til The Ends Meet
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Watching The River Run
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Your Mama Don't Dance
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Loudon Wainwright III
Dead Skunk
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Speaking of your typical 3 chord beginner folk songs for guitar, a song about a dead skunk should be only everyones set list.

Swimming Song
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LP & Waddy Wachtel
Soft Spot
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Lucy Kaplanski
Scorpion
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Lucy Spraggan
Lighthouse
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Mountains
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Lyle Lovett
Bears
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If I Had A Boat
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Here is a 4 chord song from Lyle Lovett which should be played a bit slower than my version here but this one makes another one of those beginner folk songs for guitar you can easily learn. With G-C-D and Em required.

In My Own Mind
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Private Conversation
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The Waltzing Fool
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M Ward
Color Of Water
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Little Baby
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Vincent O'Brien
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Maria Muldaur
Midnight At The Oasis
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Nahko Bear
Budding Trees
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Manifesto II
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Nanci Griffiths
Down N Outer
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Heaven
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I Knew Love
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Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness
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Nathaniel Rateliff
And It's Still Alright
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Neil Young
Neil Young has a few 3 chord songs which are great beginner folk songs for guitar players and one in particular called Helpless. Check out the demo on the Neil Young page.

New Basement Tapes
Kansas City
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When I Get My Hands On You
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Nick Drake
Northern Sky
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Pink Moon
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Nickel Creek
Somebody More Like You
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Noel Paul Stookey
Sebastian
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Patty Griffin
Heavenly Day
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Let Him Fly
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When It Don't Come Easy
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Paul Simon

Paul Thorn
Viagra
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Where Was I
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Peter Maffay
Josie
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R Dean Taylor
Indiana Wants Me
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Anytime a song is a hit in the USA and Canada, you know it should be on your set list. Although this doesnt really fit the category of beginner folk songs for guitar, it's one that should be learned. It has 6 chords but they are not difficult, and it makes a great campfire tune.

Ray Lamontagne
Crazy
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For The Summer
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Old Before Your Time
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Shelter
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Such A Simple Thing
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Richard Thompson
Cooksferry Queen
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Mingulay Boat Song
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A sea shanty type song always gets the toe tappin and this one recorded by Richard Thompson and others makes for a great beginner folk songs for guitar type tune. Remember, rhythm is most important from start to finish. One can always hum thru any picking break.

Shenandoah
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Robert Earl Keen

Rodriguez
I Wonder
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Roger Whittaker
Durham Town
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New World In The Morning
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Ron Hines
Sonny's Dream
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Ry Cooder
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
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Mexican Divorce
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Tattler
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Why You Been Gone So Long
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Sarah Jaroze
Coming Undone
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Seals & Crofts
Closer To You
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Diamond Girl
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King Of Nothing
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Summer Breeze
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Sean Rowe
I'll Follow Your Trail
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Shake Russell
Deep In The West
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Simon & Garfunkel (12)

Stan Rogers
The Mary Ellen Carter
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Watching The Apples Grow
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Steve Goodman
How Much Tequila Did I Drink Last Night
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The 20th Century Is Almost Over
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One here from Steve Goodman that I'd say fits into the beginner folk songs for guitar because it's up tempo and only has 3 chords in it. Give it a listen and see if you agree.

The Dutchman
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You Never Even Call Me By My Name
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You're The Girl I Love
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Steve Young
Rock Salt & Nails
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Tanita Tikaram
Cathedral Song
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I Might Be Crying
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World Outside Your Window
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The Civil Wars
Billie Jean
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The Head And The Heart
Down In The Valley
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The Rankins
Borders And Time
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Endless Seasons
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Forty Days And Forty Nights
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You Feel The Same Way Too
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The Wood Brothers
Luckiest Man
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Postcards From Hell
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Tim Buckley
The Dolphins
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Tom Rush
No Regrets
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Townes Van Zandt
Be Here To Love Me
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Come Tomorrow
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If I Needed You
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Tecumseh Valley
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How many songs are out there written in C-F-G and Am I wonder. This from Townes fits into the beginner folk songs for guitar category and one of his more popular songs.

Trevor Hall
Great Mirror
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Valdy
Yes I Can
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Walk Off The Earth
Speeches
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Wilco
Speeches
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Will Kimborough
Goodnight Moon
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Thanks for stopping by this beginner folk songs for guitar page. I hope you found what you were looking for. There are many great songs and artists on this page with more to come. Not all songs fit the beginner folk songs for guitar category due to multiple chords and lead breaks etc, but the few I've mentioned is a great start. Until next time.

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