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Simple, romantic guitar songs?

TSRTSR Registered User
edited June 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
I've been playing guitar for about a month, now, and want to learn a few simple, romantic songs for an evening I have planned.

If anyone has some recommendations, along with links to tabs for the given piece, I'd really appreciate it.

Bear in mind I can also sing, so obviously songs with lyrics would be preferred.

Thanks!

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  • SoonerManSoonerMan Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Please don't do "Hey, Delilah" that song is fucking atrocious.

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  • SoonerManSoonerMan Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Wonderwall?

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  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Your Body is a Wonderland is pretty easy, if you can pluck with your fingers.

    Wonderwall is a good choice

    If you can find the easy tab for Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls, that's a good one too

    Crash by Dave Matthews, but that's got some tough chord fingerings if you've only been playing for a month.

    Unfortunately I can think of tons of difficult romantic songs, but not as many simple ones. Maybe some Lifehouse or something?

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  • TSRTSR Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Thanks for all of the advice so far.

    To give you an idea, I can play Wilco's "Forget the Flowers," "I'm the Man Who Loves You," and "Must Be High," along with Denison Witmer's "California Brown and Blue" right now. So going off of those, I'm not necessarily looking for stuff that's explicitly "hey there baby" romantic, so songs with romantic connotation are good enough.

    Ooh, after listening to that Oasis song, I was reminded of Sheryl Crow, so I think I'll try "What I Can Do For You" from her album Tuesday Night Music Club.

  • KalTorakKalTorak Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Going by the hundreds of times I've heard (usually bad) amateur guitar players crash through it, "Wish You Were Here" is probably pretty easy.

  • RitchmeisterRitchmeister Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    TSR wrote: »
    Thanks for all of the advice so far.

    To give you an idea, I can play Wilco's "Forget the Flowers," "I'm the Man Who Loves You," and "Must Be High," along with Denison Witmer's "California Brown and Blue" right now. So going off of those, I'm not necessarily looking for stuff that's explicitly "hey there baby" romantic, so songs with romantic connotation are good enough.

    Ooh, after listening to that Oasis song, I was reminded of Sheryl Crow, so I think I'll try "What I Can Do For You" from her album Tuesday Night Music Club.


    I considered reporting this post, but instead I'm just going to cry. Please don't compare Oasis and Sheryl-fucking-Crow ever. Thanks.

  • MuragoMurago Registered User
    edited June 2007
    I highly, HIGHLY recommend "Desperado" by a little band called The Eagles.

    Also try out almost anything from Coldplay, Yellow is a personal fave, and REALLY easy.

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  • TSRTSR Registered User
    edited June 2007
    TSR wrote: »
    Thanks for all of the advice so far.

    To give you an idea, I can play Wilco's "Forget the Flowers," "I'm the Man Who Loves You," and "Must Be High," along with Denison Witmer's "California Brown and Blue" right now. So going off of those, I'm not necessarily looking for stuff that's explicitly "hey there baby" romantic, so songs with romantic connotation are good enough.

    Ooh, after listening to that Oasis song, I was reminded of Sheryl Crow, so I think I'll try "What I Can Do For You" from her album Tuesday Night Music Club.


    I considered reporting this post, but instead I'm just going to cry. Please don't compare Oasis and Sheryl-fucking-Crow ever. Thanks.

    Oh my, reaching for the colored text? Her early stuff is good, can't say I like anything on that recent album.

    Oh, and "Wish You Were Here" is a good one. I might learn that.

  • SpackleSpackle Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Collective Soul had a really good acoustic tune...The World I Know I believe.

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  • UnderdogUnderdog Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Xtreme's More Than Words might fit the bill.

  • themightypuckthemightypuck MontanaRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    KalTorak wrote: »
    Going by the hundreds of times I've heard (usually bad) amateur guitar players crash through it, "Wish You Were Here" is probably pretty easy.

    That's me you're ripping. I can destroy that song (and no matter how much I play it, it never gets better). It's also harder to sing than it sounds. Easy "romantic" song is Sweet Jane. You can't beat "Anyone who ever had a dream/anyone who ever played a part/anyone who ever lived their life so lonely/anyone who ever stood apart" I always yell "this one's for you" after that line. DAGA rinse repeat (don't get all fancy and just leave out the B) and no need to worry about your fumble fingers muting the open strings like in Wish You Were Here. Also, since we're on a Lou Reed vibe "Oh Sweet Nuthin" is crazy easy.

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  • Charles KinboteCharles Kinbote Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
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  • themightypuckthemightypuck MontanaRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    TSR wrote: »
    Oh, and "Wish You Were Here" is a good one. I might learn that.

    Playing this song is outrageously easy if someone shows you how to do it. Your base hand position is just320033 (from big E to little E). You keep your pinky and ring finger on the third fret through the whole intro then you just pluck the big E on the third fret, then raise off your index and middle fingers, pluck the A and hammer on the A string with your index finger at the second fret, the play open D then D at the third fret then strum the chord you've got from the D string down (so xx2033) then on the way back up you hit the D on the second fret then open G then D on the second fret again then strum the G chord (320033). (blarg you'll be able to figure it out from there--the upshot is the first time through you end up on G chord with the D string already vibrating and the second time you end up on x02233 with the A string vibrating). Damn now I know why the invented this whole reading music stuff.

    tl;dr this song is easy to play but complicated to explain

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  • FirstComradeStalinFirstComradeStalin Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    What about any random Jack Johnson song?

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  • WalterWalter Registered User
    edited June 2007
    "I wanna grow old with you" by Adam Sandler is your best bet. Its the song he sings in The Wedding Singer, a real panty dropper. Its easy to play and sing (my buddy picked it up after only a week of playing), but if its not someone you plan to be with for a long time you are going to give the wrong impression.

  • DesertBoxDesertBox Registered User
    edited June 2007
    I have to add another vote for Oasis - 'Wonderwall.' There's a reason everyone and their mother plays this. Its easy and instantly recognizable.

    Two others that people don't think about, but work very well acoustically are:
    Bush - Glycerine (super easy)
    Fuel - Shimmer


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  • Captain AwesomeftwCaptain Awesomeftw Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Ice Age by Pete Yorn is very romantic, and very very easy to play

    http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/p/pete_yorn/ice_age_tab.htm

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  • MercedCGMercedCG Registered User
    edited June 2007
    You will definitely be able to play EIght Days a Week by The Beatles, its just D E G D through most of the song, good simple and romantic.

    Wanna Grow Old With You by Adam Sandler is really cheesy but its very easy. A huge plus if whoever you are playing for likes The Wedding Singer too.

    Better Together, and Wasting Time by Jack Johnson are also pretty easy. Belle by Jack Johnson is a good quick song too, but its not very simple and is all finger picking.

    Out Loud by Dispatch is another good one, pretty simple, all bar chords with a nice slow pattern thats easy to pick up.

    Steal My Kisses by Ben Harper, Girl I Wanna Lay You Down by ALO. Give A Little Bit by Supertramp. Oh yea, and Fuck Her Gently by Tenacious D. Dont forget that one. Im a sap.

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    SoonerMan wrote: »
    Please don't do "Hey, Delilah" that song is fucking atrocious.

    ha, that's one of the songs my friend who plays guitar and loves top 40 told me to learn. He said that it helps to "get the ladies" which were my words to him first, if i play a song they most likely know....

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    SoonerMan wrote: »
    Wonderwall?

    wonderwall works, as I just recently witnessed its awesome power with the ladies.

    I think that The Calling song, Wherever You Will Go, is supposed to be easy.

    Goo Goo Dolls, to me, is alot harder than they sound, which shames me, as I want to learn some of their songs.

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    DesertBox wrote: »
    I have to add another vote for Oasis - 'Wonderwall.' There's a reason everyone and their mother plays this. Its easy and instantly recognizable.

    Two others that people don't think about, but work very well acoustically are:
    Bush - Glycerine (super easy)
    Fuel - Shimmer


    Good luck

    i dunno, is Shimmer all that romantic? I dont remember it being all that romantic.

    Belle is a fun song by ole Jack, but it's difficult, but short, but it is in french. it has so much going for it, and so much against it.

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  • romanqwertyromanqwerty Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Heres a few of my favs i played for some ppl as a begginer.

    Drops of Jupiter - Train

    Fix You - Coldplay

    How To Save a Life - The Fray

    One - U2

    Slide - Goo Goo Dolls

    History - The Verve

    Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry


    I second Pink Floyd's Wish you were hear. Its great song to learn, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSMayP9JJfQ is a link to show u in detail how to play it.

    As stated, almost anything by coldplay is great.

    Im gonna recomend u check out some things by Richard Ashcroft or the Verve. Alot of their songs are great and can be played with just a few chords.

  • themightypuckthemightypuck MontanaRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I second Pink Floyd's Wish you were hear. Its great song to learn, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSMayP9JJfQ is a link to show u in detail how to play it.

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  • Strain 121Strain 121 Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Seriously though Hey There Delilah is an incredibly recognizable song and, from what i've seen, is also very easy to play. I know a friend of mine that will just start the opening little thing and will have like 5 girls just flock over to listen to him sing/play immediately.

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  • clsCorwinclsCorwin Registered User
    edited June 2007
    the song Will Farrel sings in Stranger than Fiction

  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    clsCorwin wrote: »
    the song Will Farrel sings in Stranger than Fiction

    Yes

    What is this song? I liked it a lot but I never found out the name/artist.

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  • clsCorwinclsCorwin Registered User
    edited June 2007
    From IMDB regarding Stranger than Fiction: "Whole Wide World" Written by Eric Frank Goulden

  • A-RodA-Rod Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Muse - Unintended....i think that counts as romantic...its pretty cheesy but simple to play.

  • MuragoMurago Registered User
    edited June 2007
    I dunno if any pink floyd song is really a love song; just my personal opinion.

    You can get some GREAT sounds in Drop D. I recommend Going to California (though its not exactly a love song) or Iris by Goo Goo Dolls. Anything that John Reznik plays cannot possibly be that hard. He actually cheats ALOT by removing strings or using oddball tunings to make it easier.

    Also, probably the ONLY love song by the smashing pumpkins, "Stand Inside Your Love"

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  • Andrew_JayAndrew_Jay Registered User
    edited June 2007
    clsCorwin wrote: »
    From IMDB regarding Stranger than Fiction: "Whole Wide World" Written by Eric Frank Goulden
    A.K.A. Wreckless Eric.

    Super easy too - a whole two chords.

  • BlueMarkerFumesBlueMarkerFumes Registered User
    edited June 2007
    I will follow you into the dark...massively over played, but a lot of girls I know really like it. And DeathCab's stuff is pretty easy to play, tabs are rated as intermediate http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/d/death_cab_for_cutie/i_will_follow_you_into_the_dark_tab.htm

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  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Try First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes.

    It seems like it would be pretty simple, and it's a great romantic song.

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Alot of people consider I Will Follow You Into The Dark a morbid song...I mean, yeah, it's message is essentially if you die, I'll come with you, but still...

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  • romanqwertyromanqwerty Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I wouldnt recomend many Goo Goo Dolls things unless your pretty adept at tuning. When playing them, you allmost allways need to tune to some weird alternate tuning (BDDDDD or DADDAD usually).

    Some songs like Slide can be played without this and still sound half decent, others like Iris just cant.

  • MishraMishra Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Brown Eyed Girl is not to hard if you just want to play the cords. G-C-G-D7

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I really like this thread.

    Suggest, people! Suggest!

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  • Double_FacesDouble_Faces Registered User
    edited June 2007
    "Peaceful Easy Feeling" by the Eagles is about as easy as it gets, and it's romantic in a western kinda way.


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  • SamiSami Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Acoustic version of Hey Ya

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  • exisexis Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Androgynous by The Replacements. It's on piano but sounds great on guitar, here's a tab.

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