Anyone out there got a “First Song” that made you feel on top of the world when you could play it ? Would you recommend it to others ? What skills did you need to play it smoothly ? Did it lead you to other similar tunes ? Let us know !
I think Marry Me by Drive by Truckers was the first one where I really felt like I could move a crowd with it and make my own. I don’t know that I’ve truly mastered it, but the chords are beginner (no barre chords) with a little bit of spice here and there. California Stars by Billy Bragg and Wilco and Wagon Wheel would be others that I think are good for beginners.
Mastered? Can’t say I’ve gotten that far, but the first song I can play all the way through is Yesterday by the Beatles.
No tricks really except that I strum like my 7 year old grandson does and that’s where it sounds good. Sort of up and down on a couple of strings here and there that makes it sound closest to the melody. I’ll ask Jonathan if there’s a name for this technique, but I doubt there is.