13 Awesome One String Guitar Songs
Guitar songs that are played on a single string are great for two reasons.
Of course, they seem simpler to play for complete beginners, because you don't have to deal with any other strings. But the best thing about one string guitar songs is that they make it easy to get started with learning songs by ear.
Part of what makes learning songs by ear on guitar challenging is that you can not only move up and down a single string but also switch between strings.
So, if you aren't that experienced with figuring out songs by ear, these 13 single string guitar songs will be a great place to start! I've put these songs roughly in order from the easiest song to more complex riffs, so you might want to work your way down the list. To make things easier I've also provided:
1. Which string the song is (best) played on
2. What the starting fret is
3. A link to a correct tab if you want some more guidance
I've hidden them by default to avoid spoilers, but you can use these hints hints whenever you need them :-)
Even if you're a complete beginner, this is a great way to start growing your musicianship! If you've never figured out a song by ear before in your life, then just two or three of these songs will make a huge difference! Here's a step-by-step guide on how to learn songs by ear.
Want try it? I’ve created a mini-course for you to check out. It has four songs (including 7 Nation Army by the White Stripes and Otherside by the Red Hot Chili Peppers).
13 One String Guitar Songs
1. The Strokes - New York City Cops
2. The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
3. CCR - Heard it through the grapevine
4. The White Stripes - Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
5. N.E.R.D - Lapdance
6. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
7. U2 - Elevation (solo)
8. Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict a Riot
9. Radiohead - Airbag
10. Peter Gunn Theme (Blues Brothers)
11. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Running Down a Dream
12. Coldplay - Shiver
13. Muse - New Born
Learning these songs by ear
That's it! Hope this helps you out in getting started with figuring out stuff by ear or just having a good time playing cool riffs. If you want to learn them by ear, you can check out the step-by-step guide over here.
Also, feel free to check out the ear training course for the course I've just finished:
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment. Oh, and if I've missed any one string guitar songs that should be on this list, I'd love to hear about them!