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
Ain't No More Cane
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Supply And Demand
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Violin
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Arms Of A Woman
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Sweet Pea
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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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Victims Of Life
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Laundry Room
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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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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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Brewer & Shipley
One Toke Over The Line
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Brett Dennen
Wild Child
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Bruce Cockburn
Cry Of A Tiny Babe
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Mighty Trucks Of Midnight
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Wondering Were The Lions Are
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Love Loves You Too
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The Whole Night Sky
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Caitlin Canty
Leapin Out
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Time Rolls By
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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 called Leapin Out.

Carly Simon
Anticipation
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The Right Thing To Do
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Let The River Run
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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 Anticipation only has a few chords, unlike the one listed below this song.

Carole King
I Feel The Earth Move
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Pleasant Valley Sunday
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It's Too Late
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Smackwater Jack
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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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Don't Pay The Ferryman
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Seven Bridges
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Borderline
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Lady In Red
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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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The Last Thing On My Mind
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Many beginner folk songs for guitar are standard 3 or 4 chord songs and these two from Clarence White fall into that category.

Coven
One Tin Soldier
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Damien Rice
Cannonball
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Volcano
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Dan Fogelberg
Hard To Say
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Rhythm Of The Falling Rain
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Same Old Lang Syne
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The Spirit Trail
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Lonely In Love
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Run For The Roses
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The Reach
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David Francy
Torn Screen Door
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David Milton
Life On The RGS
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David Mallett
Pennsylvania Sunrise
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David Olney
Stonewall
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David Wilcox
Eye Of The Hurricane
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Show The Way
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Don McLean
American Pie
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Castles In The Air
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The More You Pay
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Bronco Bills Lament
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Empty Chairs
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Vincent
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Drew Holcomb
Tennessee
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What Would I Do Without You
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The Wine We Drink
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Foy Vance
She Burns
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GL Williams
Don't Fish And Drive
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Gilbert O'Sullivan
Alone Again Naturally
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Gram Parsons
Sin City
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Streets Of Baltimore
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Guy Clark
Dublin Blues
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Stuff That Works
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LA Freeway
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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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Gone
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Home
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Bubbly Toes
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Good People
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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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Jim Ford
I'll Be Ahead If I Can Quit While Im Behind
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John Stewart
Gold
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Johnny Swim
Annie
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Karen Dalton
Something On Your Mind
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Janis Joplin
Trouble In Mind
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John Sebastian
Welcome Back
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Johnny Douglas
Sweet
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Jose Feliciano
Chico And The Man
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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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Heartlight
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Til The Ends Meet
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Your Mama Don't Dance
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Footloose
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House On Pooh Corner
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Watching The River Run
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Lord Huron
Ends Of The Earth
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Loudon Wainwright III
Dead Skunk
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Swimming Song
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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.

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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The Waltzing Fool
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Private Conversation
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M Ward
Color Of Water
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Vincent O'Brien
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Little Baby
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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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I Knew Love
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Heaven
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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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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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Paul Carrick
Eyes Of Blue
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Noel Paul Stookey
Sebastian
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Patty Griffin
Heavenly Day
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When It Don't Come Easy
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Let Him Fly
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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 doesn't 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 from R Dean Taylor..

Ray Lamontagne
Crazy
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Old Before Your Time
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Such A Simple Thing
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For The Summer
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Shelter
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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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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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Ron Sexsmith
Middle Of Love
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Ry Cooder
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
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Tattler
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Mexican Divorce
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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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King Of Nothing
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Diamond Girl
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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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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 Dutchman
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You're The Girl I Love
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The 20th Century Is Almost Over
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You Never Even Call Me By My Name
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One here from Steve Goodman called "The 20th Century Is Almost Over" 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.


Steve Young
Rock Salt & Nails
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Tanita Tikaram
Cathedral Song
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World Outside Your Window
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I Might Be Crying
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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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Forty Days And Forty Nights
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Endless Seasons
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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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If I Needed You
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Come Tomorrow
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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.

Tracy Chapman
Fast Car
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The Promise
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Give Me One Reason
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Trevor Hall
Great Mirror
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Valdy
Yes I Can
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Wilco
The Thanks I Get
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Uncle Tupelo
Wait Up
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Walk Off The Earth
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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