We all love one-string songs because they are the most fun and plausible way to start playing guitar. Anyone can play those songs, even if you’ve never grabbed a guitar before in your life. The fact of just sticking to one string and not having to switch between two or three strings makes it kind of easy, doesn’t it? Oh, and it’s also true that songs which can be played with one-string only are usually incredibly catchy, as well.
So, in case you wish to start playing guitar and haven’t learned to figure out songs by ear yet, here we are to help you by giving you a list of 10 one string guitar songs that are awesome to play with only one string.
Certainly, one of the most famous riffs in rock ‘n roll history, this Rolling Stones’ anthem is carried by this three-note guitar riff that is impressively easy and fun to play. You sure have to learn this one for gathering around with friends on any other Saturday night.
To play this song, you must start on the 2nd fret of your guitar, on the A string (fifth string from bottom to top), and just play three notes, at the 2nd, 4th and 5th fret of the A string. Here’s the tab that will make it all clearer for you.
Another classic song made of a simple riff. Made up of only five notes, this riff has managed to become one of the most recognizable note-patterns of this century. It’s even sung as a fan chant in most soccer games or other sports events. Jack White uses a unique pedal to shift down the riff an entire octave. That is why it sounds almost like a bass rather than a guitar. The sound is not the same when you play it but it has the same melody!
To play this song, you must start on the 7th fret of your guitar, on the A string (fifth string from bottom to top). Here is the tab for you to check it out.
Here’s another great song by The White Stripes. And again, Jack White gives us a memorable riff that is very easy to play. It only needs one string of your guitar. No doubt the man has some magical skill for this thing. The fuzzy sound that we hear on the original song is because he uses some cool fuzz guitar pedal.
To play this song, start at the 5th fret of your guitar, and use your low E string (last string, from bottom to top). Here’s the tab for you.
One of the best songs of The Strokes debut album Is this it? that was taken out of the album at its release. This is because the record company thought this song would raise controversy in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Taking aside the lyrics content, New York City Cops features a catchy and easy-to-play one-string riff that you can add to your repertory.
To play this song, start at the 5th string and use your low E string (last string, from bottom to top). Here’s the link to the tab so you can check it out yourself.
This song was originally written by Norman Whitfield and Barret Strong. It was widely popularized by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Their renditionhas a catchy and unmistakable riff that can be easily played by using the D string of your guitar only.
To play this song, use the D string (fourth string from bottom to top) and start with the open string. Here’s the tab.
As the first single of the album Crush, It’s My Life quickly became one of the most successful songs of 2000. It’s also Bon Jovi’s most popular hit single after all their big ‘80s hits.
To play this song, start at the 2nd fret and use your low E string (last string, from bottom to top). Here’s the tab for you to check out.
I Predict A Riot was the second single of Kaiser Chief’s album Employment. It became a great success and is without a doubt the band’s most famous song. The lyrics reference a rowdy night out at their native Leeds. For laying this riff, keep in mind to put a space between each note. This will make it easy to play.
To play this song, start at the 3rd fret and use your A string (fifth string from bottom to top). Here’s the tab for you.
The theme song of the TV show Peter Gunn was also the opening track of the original soundtrack album. It was composed by Henry Mancini specifically for the TV show. The Blues Brothers later made their version of the song for the 1980’s successful film.
To play this song, use the low E string of your guitar (last string, from bottom to top). Afterward, start the riff with the open string. Here you can take a look at the tab.
Oh, the Parachutes times were the times on which Coldplay first started sharing their music with the world. And some beautiful gems came with that album, such as Shiver. Despite the different guitar effects used, the opening riff of this song is very easy and can be played with one string only.
To play this song, you must start at the 6th fret of your guitar and play only the G string (3rd string from bottom to top). Here’s the tab.
What many consider to be the best album in the history of modern music can’t be absent on our list! Radiohead’s OK Computer, the epic 1997 album that deals with human alienation issues long before anyone else started to worry about the subject. The opening riff of this song is very smooth. You can play it by using your low E string only.
For playing this song, you must use your lower E string (last string from bottom to top). Afterward, start with the open string. Here’s the tab.
So, that’s it! Hope you find it useful for grabbing your guitar and trying out these epic simple songs. It is a good point to start. From here, you can then move on to take on other songs that require switching between strings for playing them.
You never know, in the future it may be you who creates one of these little masterpieces!