It’s summertime, and everyone knows what that means, right? Yes, summer jam sessions. Whether it’s at home on the couch, in the garden, on the beach or during your grandparents’ diamond jubilee, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you excel in playing your instrument and that is possible with just four chords.

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Four chords is all you need

Why do it the hard way, when you can take it easy? Many good songs are good because they use the power of simplicity. Everything revolves around the basics, the foundation. That’s why we’ve put together a four chord channel, especially for you, in which the basic four chords G, C, D, and Em are the only thing you need to master. Check out our three step video tutorials and remember: Easy does it.

Pink – F**kin’ Perfect

The perfect song for the perfect night when you want to surprise everyone with a track they don’t see coming. Nobody expects a rocker playing a Pink song. The song has all the ingredients of a solid rock ballad, it is rebellious, sensitive and offers you the opportunity to shine with your vocals. All you have to do is practice “F**kin’ Perfect” by Pink here.

The Cranberries – Zombie

If you can’t think of a new song to jam to, an evergreen is the way to go. This track sounds complicated, but if you look at the basics the song is made up of four chords: Em, G, D, C. It is a bit heavy considering it’s also an indictment against the separation of Northern Ireland from the rest of the island, but that doesn’t make it any less of a classic. Play along with “Zombie” by The Cranberries.

Here’s how you play an Em chord in three simple steps.

Green Day – Good Riddance

Buckle up, we’re going back to the nineties where even punks knew how to use an acoustic guitar to show their sensitive side from time to time. Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the song when his girlfriend decided to move to Ecuador. This track is an example of how you can make a painful subject like heartbreak sound cheerful. Grab your guitar and jam to “Good Riddance” by Green Day.

Machines – Biffy Clyro

If you’re going for a more melodic vibe and a steady strum, then this track is a good addition to your campfire repertoire. No matter how noisy, when you start playing this song, people will shut up and think of a moment in their lives where they wanted to sacrifice everything for love. That’s worth something, right. Don’t think twice and include Machines” by Biffy Clyro in your setlist. Happy jamming!

Check out the four chord channel here.

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