5 Easy One String Guitar Songs

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

These one string guitar songs are great for beginners or anyone who’s picking up the guitar for the first time. All you’ll need is a guitar and a little bit of determination! Once you’ve completed this lesson, dive into our how to play guitar songs walk-through guide.

“Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes
“Seven Nation Army” has a cool groove with a memorable melody that anyone can memorize and play in only a few minutes. Just play on the A, or fifth, string. If you’re a bass player, you can also play this song the same way as the guitar does.


“Iron Man” by Black Sabbath
“Iron Man” is a classic that most people have probably heard before, even if they can’t identify who wrote it. It’s also one of the easiest Black Sabbath songs, so if you’re a fan of heavy metal and just learning to play the guitar, this is a great song to start with. To play the riff, just use the A string.

“Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple
“Smoke on the Water” is another big classic like “Iron Man.” Chances are you can also recognize it without ever having been a fan of heavy metal. To play this line, all you’ll need is the lower E string. Keep in mind that you can also make this riff more powerful by playing the notes as chords, but that’s a lot harder for a beginner, so for now, just stick to learning the melody and playing in time.

Check out this cool lesson on a CLASSIC GUITAR RIFF

“Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream
Another classic, “Sunshine of Your Love” can be played on either the lower E or higher E strings, depending on your taste. It does span across nearly the entire fretboard though, so if you wanted to condense it, you would be able to play it on multiple strings, but for now, just practice getting it right on one string.

“New York City Cops” by The Strokes
For those of you who prefer more modern music, this is another great song that can be played on one string, the low E. It’s a bit faster than the others though, and uses more of the staccato technique (not letting the notes ring out), so it’s a little trickier for beginners to get a hang of. Try playing the other songs mentioned before attempting this one.

While these songs all only use one string, it doesn’t mean they’re not great songs. It just goes to show you that simplicity isn’t a bad thing!

For learning tons of songs I recommend you to check out this course:


How to play your favorite songs from the 60's & 70's on the guitar

  • You'll Get The Guitar Song Guidebook

    A Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Started Playing Guitar And All Your Favorite Songs... Reading this guide cuts hours off your learning curve and saves you thousands on expensive lessons.

  • FREE Instant Access To Hundreds Of Short and Simple Guitar Lessons

    You'll get quick and easy, step-by-step guitar lessons that guide you through your favorite songs from the 60's and 70's. Don't miss these lessons if you want to upgrade your chops FAST.

  • Download and Print "The Ultimate Guitar Chord Chart"

    This is a printable chart that you put on your wall, you'll never forget how to play another chord again (and you'll pick up some new ones.)




60'S AND 70'S

Get your FREE copy of the Guitar Song Guidebook:

"The Fastest, Easiest Way to Play Guitar".



Just enter your email for FREE INSTANT access:


We promise not to spam you, or share your information with ANYBODY.