5 Songs by Women Using Basic Chords and Strumming

5 Songs by Women Using Basic Chords and Strumming

In this post, you’ll find five awesome songs performed by women that you can play with basic chords and strumming!


1. “Perfect” by P!nk

Whether singing, producing or (at one memorable Grammy performance) basically flying onstage, P!nk is a total powerhouse. This is a fun and positive jam using what I call the “Big 4” chords: G, D, Em and C.

Chords and Lyrics: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/pnk/perfect-chords-1029084

Tutorial: https://youtu.be/w7O74B0I0hI

Complexity: Easy

Chords: G, D, Em, C

2. “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes

A catchy, 60s pop hit sung by The Ronettes! Fun fact, The Ronettes are from Spanish Harlem, right here in NYC.

Chords: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/the-ronettes/be-my-baby-chords-958714

Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF0kwHIgxJE

Complexity: Medium

Chords: C, Dm, G, E, A, D, Am, F (or Fmaj7)

3. “Joey” by Concrete Blonde

Here’s another one using the “Big 4” (G,D,Em,C) by California alt-rockers “Concrete Blonde”. This one is also great if you’re working on the palm mute!

Chords: C, Dm, G, E, A, D, Am, F (or Fmaj7)

Chart: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/concrete-blonde/joey-chords-63783

Tutorial: https://youtu.be/KW5RPujkzQo

Complexity: Easy

Chords: G, D, Em, C

4. “Halo” by Beyonce

I mean, it’s Beyonce. This gorgeous 2008 song is not an obvious choice on guitar but it has only 4 easy chords and sounds awesome!

Tutorial: https://youtu.be/O5C0fByXc-4

Chart: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/759809

Complexity: Easy

Chords: G, Am, Em, C

5. “Ironic” by Alanis Morisette

What would this list be without a little Alanis? This 90s classic is way fun to play and also great for people learning to sing and play at the same time.

Chords and Lyrics: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/alanis-morissette/ironic-chords-523246

Tutorial: https://youtu.be/TaGGDyL5aPw

Complexity: Easy

Chords: D (or D/F#), G, Em, F (or Fmaj7)


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Tia Vincent-Clark grew up in a family of professional musicians and has been teaching guitar for 21 years. She plays and tours in the metal band Liturgy, as well as many tribute and cover projects.

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