Songs Worth Learning - 1
There are certain songs that I think every guitar player should try to learn. Either they have cool guitar parts, or they will expand your playing skills, or they will introduce you to a style of music you may not have played before. I am going to recommend songs in several styles of music and explain why I think they should be added to your “play list.” Obviously, these are my choices, and no doubt, some will disagree with my choices. But each song has something good to offer so I think they are worth learning.
This will eventually be a huge list so I am going to post them one song at a time in no particular order. Take your time and enjoy each one.
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Certain guitar players have a style so unique and new at the time that they influence generations of players who come after them. Chuck Berry is one of those players. He defined a new way to play guitar for the 1950s rock and roll generation. From the cool rhythm parts to the sliding double stops to unique bends this song is a crash course in 50’s style guitar playing and paved the way for much of what was to follow. Variations on these rhythms and riffs can be heard in countless hit songs from the Beatles to Boston to BTO. This one is essential for any guitar player.
Extra credit if you learn to "duck walk" across the stage while playing this song.