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  • getting bored

    Posted by saskia on January 12, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Hi all,

    I am enjoying learning the techniques on TAC. At this stage I need the satisfaction of playing some easy songs. Are their any beginner books you all recommend for me. I like folk music, worship music, bluegrass, &country.

    the-old-coach replied 2 years, 2 months ago 9 Members · 14 Replies
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  • Kim-Fitz

    January 12, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Saskia,

    I’m sure others will chime in with ideas, but I just go on YouTube and look up the song or artist I’m interested in and also type in acoustic lesson. You will find several online teachers that will teach that song. Sometimes they will supply the tabs for free but most of the time you will have to purchase them anywhere from $2-$6. You won’t always need the tabs depending on the song. I found about 4-5 teachers I like. If you’re starting out with guitar, I would recommend Song Notes by Dave Pots. He is very thorough and is great for beginners as well as those wanting something a little more advanced.

    Good Luck,


    • saskia

      January 13, 2022 at 11:14 am

      i will google David Potts.


  • solitaire

    January 12, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    I use/used Contemporary Class Guitar by Will Schmid published by Hal.Leonard. It comes in 3 books – from very basic, chords, scales, note values/timing (basic theory), notes on fretboard. There are songs with just chords and also finger-pick songs. I taught myself to play quite well from sheet music using this (mostly).

    You might be able to pick it up second-hand online. There are other tutorial books of a similar style available at music stores. I also had great luck with 101 Songs for Easy Guitar from Wise Publications. It comes in books one and two – I only have “two” getting “one” has to be high on my bucket list. Fantastic selection of music from the 1970s mostly – Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, Elton, Rolling Stones to name a few.

    Best of luck, keep us posted on how you get along, Chris.

    • saskia

      January 13, 2022 at 11:13 am

      thanks, I am going to check those out.

  • ted_h

    January 13, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Some physical books:

    Parking Lot Pickers Songbook” is a good resource for bluegrass and gospel standards. It generally has the lyrics, the notes for the melody, and the chords for each song.

    I also really like “The Daily Ukulele Songbook: 365 Songs For Better Living“, which I bought to learn the uke but I use for guitar all the time, too. It doesn’t have the guitar chord shapes, but if needed I look them up in my other resources.

    And I totally agree with others about looking for YouTube lessons on songs you like.

    Ultimateguitar.com is a site with crowdsourced tabs and chord charts. Accuracy may vary, but I use it quite a bit when I’m trying to learn something new.

    Have fun branching out!

    • saskia

      January 15, 2022 at 4:34 pm


  • OhWowMan

    January 21, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    @saskia Good question. That’s something I’m interested in, as a newcomer to TAC . If you find a good book or website that meets your needs, please reply with your recommendation. Thanks!

    • saskia

      January 25, 2022 at 1:02 pm

      The recommendation of the TAC “old songs” is a good one. here is the URL


      also I have been handing out at ultimate -guitar.com. That website has an amazing catalogue of songs with chord sheets TABS in different versions of different keys to accommodate beginner players. For a small price you can access their pro content, which also includes some instruction. I found a really nice version of Halleluja in there.

  • William-S

    January 22, 2022 at 2:52 am

    Hey Saskia, I don’t hang out here much but seen your post. Follow this link which is part of the old TAC before “The New Look”. I don’t have the tabs for these songs, but if anyone out there in TAC land does have the tabs please message Saskia and myself a copy, as they are hard to pick up by just watching the videos and the tab would make it much better for learning but it can be done with video only, just a pain. I noticed you are from the town that Mossman guitars are/were being made. That is one guitar I would love to own. here is the link…. https://app.searchie.io/hub/254V7grV3m/ Have fun…..

    • Cadgirl

      January 22, 2022 at 6:13 am

      Just read your post @William-S . I just added how to get the tabs to the songs in the old Song Vault. You have to open the song by the title or you won’t get the tabs. See my answer to @Saskia. To me the site was much better before the ‘big improvement’. I don’t always have access to the internet so being able to download the videos was a great option. Also you don’t have that ‘step up’ in your learning curve that the Song Vault offered. Hope this helps.

  • Cadgirl

    January 22, 2022 at 6:06 am

    Tony used to have a course called TAC SONGS. Tony took it off for some reason, I think that was a sad mistake. The url is https://app.searchie.io/hub/254V7grV3m/

    Pick the icon of either Flat picking or Fingerpicking. Then scroll through the songs in what you want to learn. To get the tab sheet you have to open the song in a certain sequence. I added a couple of screen captures to show you the way. Hope this helps.

    If you can’t get the link to work, try copy and paste. If it still doesn’t work, message me back and I’ll try to help you out. There were some big changes made in the website. One was removing the Vault.

    • saskia

      January 25, 2022 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks, I checked it out. I am now learning ‘I’ll Fly Away”. It is going well.

  • N-lightMike

    January 25, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    It doesn’t look like anyone has given you the shotgun yet @saskia . The shotgun is Ultimate Guitar Tabs ultimateguitartabs.com

    So if you know what songs you like and would like to learn, just look them up on UG. If you don’t know or want more choices than you are familiar with, start listening to a channel, whether streaming or otherwise, and listen for songs you would like to play. Then go look them up on UG.

    From there, you can get help, especially at first, by looking up your song on YouTube and including “guitar tutorial” in the search. Like “It’s a Wonderful World guitar tutorial”.

    I hope this helps.

    MG 😀

  • the-old-coach

    January 26, 2022 at 7:10 pm


    Mike’s suggestion of Ultimate Guitar is a good one.

    If it matters- (and if they have the kind of music that you mentioned)- another good “tab” site is E-chords- (echords.com).

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