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Don't Know Any Chords (or Songs) Yet?

Let's fix that.

First - choose your instrument.

Guitar Chords

Guitar Dashboard

G was my first chord on the guitar. But a lot of beginners start with D or A first. All 3 options are down below. Choose whichever starting chord is easiest to play.

If starting on G....

Click the first image below for 1-chord songs with G. When you're ready, move onto 2-chord and 3-chord songs.

1 Chord Guitar Songs

1-Chord Songs with G Major

Click any song below to play along with the video.

  • Everyday People - Sly & the Family Stone - 1969 - (Slightly out of tune.)
  • U.S. 41 - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - 2010

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

2 Chord Guitar Songs

2-Chord Songs with G & C

Click any title to see the chords and notation.

Click any artist for a video.

  • The Bum Song - Harry "MAC" McClintock - 1928 - I don't have music notation yet.
  • Sodeo - Raffi - 1977 - This song is similar to the folk tune - "Shortenin' Bread."

There are also lots of folk tunes & nursery rhymes with these 2 chords.

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

Once you can play 3+ chords, you’re ready to use the Search Songs by Chord tool.

If starting on D....

Click the first image below for 1-chord songs with D. When you're ready, move onto 2-chord and 3-chord songs.

1-chord guitar songs with G

1-Chord Songs with D Major

Click any song below to play along with the video.

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

2-Chord Songs with D G

2-Chord Songs with D & G

Click any title to see the chords and notation.

Click any artist for a video.

There are also lots of folk tunes & nursery rhymes with these 2 chords.

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

Once you can play 3+ chords, you’re ready to use the Search Songs by Chord tool.

If starting on A....

Click the first image below for 1-chord songs with A. When you're ready, move onto 2-chord and 3-chord songs.

1-Chord Songs with A

1-Chord Songs with A Major

Click any song below to play along with the video.

  • Joy - Lucinda Williams - 1998

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

2-Chord Songs with A and D

2-Chord Songs with A & D

Click any title to see the chords and notation.

Click any artist for a video.

  • TB Sheets - Van Morrison - 1967 - I don't have music notation yet.
  • Countdown  - The Black Keys - 2002 - I don't have music notation yet.

There are also lots of folk tunes & nursery rhymes with these 2 chords.

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

Once you can play 3+ chords, you’re ready to use the Search Songs by Chord tool.

Ukulele Chords

Ukulele Dashboard

Click the first image below for 1-chord songs with C. Then try 2-chord songs with C & F. And then 3-chord songs.

1 Chord Ukulele Songs

1-Chord Songs with C major

Click any song below to play along with the video.

  • American Woman - Lenny Kravitz - 1998 - (Sounds better with Cm but works with C. Also, this song modulates.)

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

2 Chord Ukulele Songs

2-Chord Songs with C & F

Click any title to see the chords and notation.

Click any artist for a video.

  • Chewing Gum - Annie - 2004 - I don't have music notation yet.

There are also lots of folk tunes & nursery rhymes with these 2 chords.

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

Once you can play 3+ chords, you’re ready to use the Search Songs by Chord tool.

Banjo Chords

Banjo Dashboard

Click the first image below for 1-chord songs with G. When you're ready, move onto 2-chord and 3-chord songs.

1 Chord Banjo Songs

1-Chord Songs with G Major

Click any song below to play along with the video.

  • Everyday People - Sly & the Family Stone - 1969 - (Slightly out of tune.)
  • U.S. 41 - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - 2010

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

2 Chord Banjo Songs G C

2-Chord Songs with G & C

Click any title to see the chords and notation.

Click any artist for a video.

  • The Bum Song - Harry "MAC" McClintock - 1928 - I don't have music notation yet.
  • Sodeo - Raffi - 1977 - This song is similar to the folk tune - "Shortenin' Bread."

There are also lots of folk tunes & nursery rhymes with these 2 chords.

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

Once you can play 3+ chords, you’re ready to use the Search Songs by Chord tool.

Mandolin Chords

Mandolin Dashboard

Click the first image below for 1-chord songs with G. When you're ready, move onto 2-chord and 3-chord songs.

1 Chord Mandolin Songs

1-Chord Songs with G Major

Click any song below to play along with the video.

  • Everyday People - Sly & the Family Stone - 1969 - (Slightly out of tune.)
  • U.S. 41 - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - 2010

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

2 Chord Mandolin Songs G C

2-Chord Songs with G & C

Click any title to see the chords and notation.

Click any artist for a video.

  • The Bum Song - Harry "MAC" McClintock - 1928 - I don't have music notation yet.
  • Sodeo - Raffi - 1977 - This song is similar to the folk tune - "Shortenin' Bread."

There are also lots of folk tunes & nursery rhymes with these 2 chords.

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

Once you can play 3+ chords, you’re ready to use the Search Songs by Chord tool.

Other Instruments

Beginner Dashboard

I've only made chord diagrams for the guitar, ukulele, banjo, and mandolin. But if you play another instrument, you can still find lots of easy songs with 1, 2, and 3 chords.

Click any of the colored sequences below to see what that looks like.

1-Chord Songs with C major

Click any song below to play along with the video.

  • American Woman - Lenny Kravitz - 1998 - (Sounds better with Cm but works with C. Also, this song modulates.)

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

2-Chord Songs with C & F

Click any title to see the chords and notation.

Click any artist for a video.

  • Chewing Gum - Annie - 2004 - I don't have music notation yet.

There are also lots of folk tunes & nursery rhymes with these 2 chords.

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

1-Chord Songs with D Major

Click any song below to play along with the video.

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

2-Chord Songs with D & G

Click any title to see the chords and notation.

Click any artist for a video.

There are also lots of folk tunes & nursery rhymes with these 2 chords.

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

1-Chord Songs with G Major

Click any song below to play along with the video.

  • Everyday People - Sly & the Family Stone - 1969 - (Slightly out of tune.)
  • U.S. 41 - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - 2010

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

2-Chord Songs with G & C

Click any title to see the chords and notation.

Click any artist for a video.

  • The Bum Song - Harry "MAC" McClintock - 1928 - I don't have music notation yet.
  • Sodeo - Raffi - 1977 - This song is similar to the folk tune - "Shortenin' Bread."

There are also lots of folk tunes & nursery rhymes with these 2 chords.

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

1-Chord Songs with A Major

Click any song below to play along with the video.

  • Joy - Lucinda Williams - 1998

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

2-Chord Songs with A & D

Click any title to see the chords and notation.

Click any artist for a video.

  • TB Sheets - Van Morrison - 1967 - I don't have music notation yet.
  • Countdown  - The Black Keys - 2002 - I don't have music notation yet.

There are also lots of folk tunes & nursery rhymes with these 2 chords.

To see chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or banjo, click here.

Once you can play 3+ chords, you’re ready to use the Search Songs by Chord tool.

Search Songs by Chord

Add your chords to the search bar below.

Type chords here or import from My Library

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You’ll Become Addicted to Playing Again

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Learn how to overcome the biggest hurdle(s) holding you back.

Boredom

Tired of playing the same songs?

Take the chords to that tune and run a search. You’ll see tons of music you could be playing instead.

For example, here's a Sample List of Classic Rock songs with G, C, D, Em.

Plug in your own chords, genres, and decades, and you'll NEVER be bored again.

It's impossible.

Better still, you'll pick up your instrument more often - and hold onto it a little longer every time.

And that's the secret to improving - i.e. time spent with your craft.

Frustration

My progress is slow and painful.

When you're frustrated, it means you're trying to play music you're not ready for yet.

Here's a better approach:

  • Run a search of all the chords you're comfortable with. You'll see a massive list of songs that use those exact chords.
  • This list represents your comfort zone. But it's only a starting place. You'll eventually grow tired of those songs and be ready for slightly harder music.
  • When you're ready to "improve," try adding a Wildcard to the chords you already know. You'll see a huge collection of songs that are just outside your comfort zone. Every tune is literally one chord away.

If you can establish a baseline and add just one more chord (and then another) - you'll NEVER be frustrated again.

Motivation

Playing just isn't fun any more.

In the beginning you wanted to play. Now you feel like you should play.

Music has become a chore. And it no longer brings you joy.

The secret lies in finding that Goldilocks Zone of music that rewards and challenges you.

When you have instant access to hundreds (if not thousands) of songs that all use chords you know, you won't be able to put your instrument down.

And when you add a Wildcard, you'll see thousands of songs that are well within your reach.

Follow this simple formula, and you'll become addicted to playing again - guaranteed.

Knowledge

I don't know enough chords yet.

You need at least 3 chords to run a search. And with those chords, you can do a LOT of damage.

For example, here are sample lists of 3-chord songs with G,C,D and A,D,E and C,F,G and DGA.

If you don't know any chords yet, start here. You'll see easy tunes with 1, 2, and 3 chords (for your instrument). And you'll be playing music in no time.

Once you know 3 (or more chords), come back here and run a search.

Confusion

I don't know what to do next.

That's easy to fix.

Add whatever chords you know to the search tool above. You'll see a huge list of songs with those exact chords.

Start there and enjoy yourself.

Then, ask for the Next Best Chord and run a new search.

You'll see even more amazing songs - all of which are 1 chord outside your comfort zone.

Rinse and repeat.

To see what that looks like, here are INTERACTIVE examples for Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, and Banjo.

Injury

It really hurts when I play.

Callouses on the fingertips are normal. And your arm will get tired from strumming all day. But if you start to feel muscle or nerve pain - STOP.

Never play through pain.

In fact, using my site will only make things worse (the whole point of the Chord Genome Project is to get you addicted to your instrument).

It sounds like reverse psychology, but it isn't. I absolutely want your money and would love for you to stay onboard for a long time. But that won't happen if you're sitting on the sidelines (temporarily or permanently) nursing an injury.

Rest. Recover. Then come back.
  • Add a Wildcard Chord, and you’ll see songs slightly ABOVE your skill level.
  • This is the Goldilocks Zone - i.e. music that is both challenging and rewarding.
  • Stay in this Zone, and you’ll constantly improve (and have fun in the process).

"Finding songs that have only the chords I know is HUGE for a beginner."
- Jason S

"Its a great idea. In 25 years of playing in bands (I'm a drummer) I've never seen this concept before."
- Dan P

"Easy access to songs you can play at your level....whatever that level is."
- Nico

How to Find Easy Songs Quickly

  • Start typing any chord until you see it in the dropdown.
  • Clicking that chord will add it below the search bar.
  • You need at least 3 chords to run a song search.

If you found this resource helpful, please share it with others.

Thanks. And happy strumming.

-Austin