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The following songs have chord structures that should be easy for Beginner's to follow.  The melodies vary from easy to difficult.  Songs like "Skip To My Lou" and "Camptown Races" may be easy to learn "by ear", while other tunes like "Beaumont Rag" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" may require sheet music, tablature, or special notation to learn properly.  Try the songs out to see which are the easiest for your level of playing, whether it's chord strumming, melody picking, or whatever. Then, move on to the harder songs as you improve.  Lots of 4 and 5 string banjo players have learned to play from some of these songs.  So, have fun and start pickin' and strummin'.
 

Pick below to get in tune:
 
Plectrum Banjo: CGBD,   5-String Banjo: GDGBD,   Tenor Banjo: CGDA
Banjo with Guitar Tuning: DGBE,   Guitar: EADGBE
Ukulele: GCEA,   Mandolin: GDAE,   Bass: EADG
(Tip: All strings are played first, as indicated, then each string is played individually)
 


Beginner's Songs:
 
Click a "Song Name" to play or "Chords" to see a Chord Chart
 
A B  C D  E  F G  H I  J K L  M N  O P  Q  R S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

A-B
ARKANSAS TRAVELER  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
ALLEY CAT  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics
ALL THE GOOD TIMES ARE PAST AND GONE  -  Key of  G, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
ALOHA OE  -  Key of G with Verse - Chords & Lyrics
BANJO BOOGIE  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics plus 5-String, Plectrum, and Tenor Tablature
BANJO BOY  -  Key of G with Verse - Chords & Lyrics
BANJO IN THE HOLLOW  -  Key of  G - Chords and 5-String Tablature
BANJO SONG  -  Key of  C, 3/4 time - Chords
BANKS OF THE OHIO  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
BARN DANCE, THE  -  Key of  C and F - Advanced Chords
BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
BEAUMONT RAG  -  Key of  C - Chords
BEAUTIFUL DREAMER  -  Key of  C, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
BELL BOTTOM TROUSERS  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics..
BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN, THE  -  Key of  C with Verse - Chords & Lyrics
BILE THAT CABBAGE DOWN  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
BILLY BOY  -  Key of  C - Chords, Lyrics & Sound Clip
BILLY IN THE LOWGROUND  -  Key of  G - Chords and 5-String Tablature
BLOWIN' IN THE WIND  -  Key of  D - Chords, Lyrics
BLUESY BANJO  -  Key of  G - Chords and 5-String Tablature
BUFFALO GALS  -  Key of  C - Chords, Lyrics & Sound Clip
BURY ME BENEATH THE WILLOW  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
 
C-D
CAMPTOWN RACES  -  Key of  C - Chords, Lyrics, Lead-Sheet
CARELESS LOVE  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics..
CASEY JONES  -  Key of  C with Verse - Chords & Lyrics
CHICKEN DANCE, THE  -  Key of  C with Verse - Chords & Lyrics
CINDY  -  Key of  G - Chords, Lyrics & Tablature
CLARINET POLKA  -  Verse in Bb, Chorus in Eb - Chords
CLINCH MOUNTAIN BACKSTEP  -  Key of  G - Chords, Lyrics
COLUMBUS STOCKADE BLUES  -  Key of  G - Chords, Lyrics
COTTON-EYED JOE  -  Key of  G - Chords, Lyrics
CRADLE SONG (BRAHMS LULLABY)  -  Key of  C, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
CRIPPLE CREEK  -  Key of  G - Chords, Lyrics & Sound Clip
CUMBERLAND GAP  -  Key of  G - Chords, Lyrics and 5-String Tablature
DARLING NELLIE GRAY  -  Key of  D - Chords, Lyrics & Sound Clip
DEVIL'S DREAM  -  Key of  G - Chords & 5-String Tablature
DIXIE  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics
DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW, THAT  -  Key of  C, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
DON'T LET THE STARS GET IN YOUR EYES  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
DOWN IN THE VALLEY  -  Key of  C, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
DUELING BANJOS  -  Key of  G - Chords
 
E
EDDIE CUCHA CATCHA CAMMA SONG  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
EIGHTH OF JANUARY  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
EL CONDOR PASA  -  Key of  Em - Chords & Lyrics
 
F-G
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN  -  Key of  G - Chords and 5-String Tablature
FIVE HUNDRED MILES -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN  -  Key of  G - Chords and 5-String Tablature
FOGGY MOUNTAIN SPECIAL  -  Key of  G - Chords
FREIGHT TRAIN  -  Key of  F - Chords & Lyrics
FROGGY WENT A-COURTIN'  -  Keys of  G and C - Chords & Lyrics
GIRL I LEFT BEHIND, THE  -  Key of  F - Chords & Lyrics
GOLDEN SLIPPERS -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
GOOBER PEAS MARCH  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics
GOOD BYE, MY LOVER GOOD BYE  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
GOODNIGHT IRENE  -  Key of  G, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
GO TELL AUNT RHODY  -  Keys of  G and C - Chords & Lyrics
GOTTA TRAVEL ON  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK  -  Key of  G - Chords, Lyrics & Sound Clip
 
H-I
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU  -  Key of  G, 3/4 time - Chords, Lyrics & Sound Clip
HAPPY WANDERER, THE  -  Key of  C - Chords, Lyrics
HEY, MR. BANJO  -  Key of  C - Chords, Lyrics & Sound Clip
HOME ON THE RANGE  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
HOME SWEET HOME  -  Key of  D - Chords & Lyrics
HOT TIME IN THE OLD TOWN  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
I LIKE BANJO MUSIC  -  Key of  F - Chords & Lyrics
IF I HAD A HAMMER  -  Key of  F - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
IRISH WASHER WOMAN  -  Key of  G - Chords
I'LL FLY AWAY  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
IT'S A SMALL WORLD  -  Key of  F with Verse - Chords & Lyrics
IT'S HARD, AIN'T IT HARD  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD  -  Key of  G - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
 
J-K-L
JAMAICA FAREWELL  -  Key of  F - Chords & Lyrics
JAMBALAYA  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics
JESSE JAMES  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
JOHN HENRY  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
JUBILEE  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
JINGLE BELLS  -  Key of  G - Chords and 5-String Tab & Lyrics
JUST A LITTLE WHILE TO STAY HERE  -  Key of  G - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
LA CUCARACHA  -  Key of  F with Verse - Chords & Lyrics
LIBERTY  -  Key of  D - Chords, 5-String Tab, & Sound Clip
LINCOLN AND LIBERTY  -  Key of  F, 3/4 time - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
LISTEN TO THE MOCKING BIRD  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics...
LITTLE BROWN JUG  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics
LITTLE LIZA JANE (Li'l Liza Jane)  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
LONESOME ROAD BLUES, THE  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
LOONEY TUNES THEME, THE  -  Key of  C - Chords & Sound Clip
L.O.V.E.  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
 
M-N
MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
MARIANNE  -  Key of  F - Chords & Lyrics
MATILDA  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics
MISTER BANJO  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
MOCKIN' BIRD HILL  -  Key of G with Verse, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
MOLLY AND TENBROOKS  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
MOUNTAIN DEW  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
MY BONNIE -  Key of  C, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
MY CABIN IN CAROLINE  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME  -  Key of  F - Chords & Lyrics
MY PONY BOY  -  Key of  G with Verse - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
NASHVILLE BLUES  -  Key of  Dm - Chords
NELLIE BLY  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics
NEVER ON SUNDAY  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics
 
O-P
OH, LONESOME ME  -  Key of  C - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
OH, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE  -  Key of  C, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
OH! SUSANNA  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
OH! THEM GOLDEN SLIPPERS -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
OLD DAN TUCKER  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
OLD JOE CLARK  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
ON TOP OF OLD SMOKEY  -  Key of  C, 3/4 time - Chords, Lyrics & Sound Clip
OUR BOYS WILL SHINE TONIGHT  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics& Sound clip
OVER THE WAVES  -  Key of  Bb, Eb, 3/4 time, 3-Parts - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
PAPA JOE'S  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics
PISTOL PACKIN' MAMA  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
PLAY A SIMPLE MELODY -  Key of  G, Two Parts - Chords & Lyrics
PRACTICE SONG, THE -  Keys of  Gand C - Chords & Lyrics
PRISONER'S SONG, THE  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics
 
R-S
RAMBLIN' ROSE  -  Key of  G - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
RED-HAIRED BOY  -  Key of  A - Chords
RED RIVER VALLEY  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
RED WING  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics.
RIDIN' DOWN THE CANYON  -  Key of  G - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
RING, RING THE BANJO  -  Key of  C, Verse - Chords & Lyrics
ROCKY TOP  -  Key of  G - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
SAILOR'S HORNPIPE  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
SALLY ANN  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
SALLY GOODIN'  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
SALT CREEK (SALT RIVER)  -  Key of  G - Chords
SALTY DOG  -  Key of  G - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
SANTA LUCIA  -  Key of  C, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
SCARBOROUGH FAIR  -  Key of  Dm, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
SHADY GROVE  -  Key of  Em - Chords & Lyrics
SHE'LL BE COMIN' ROUND THE MOUNTAIN  -  Key of  G, Verse - Chords, Lyrics & Lead Sheet
SHORTNIN' BREAD  -  Key of  C - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
SILENT NIGHT  -  Keys of  C and G, 3/4 time - Chords and 5-String Tab & Lyrics
SILVER BELL  -  Verse in G, Chorus in C - Chords & Lyrics
SIOUX CITY SUE  -  Key of  F with Verse - Chords & Lyrics
SKIP TO MY LOU  -  Key of  C - Chords, Lyrics & Sound Clip
SOLDIER'S JOY  -  Key of  D - Chords and 5-String Tablature
SPANISH EYES  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics
SPANISH TWO-STEP (NEW)  -  Key of  C - Chords, Lyrics
ST. ANNE'S REEL  -  Key of  D - Chords
SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE  -  Key of  C, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
 
T
TA-RA-RA BOOM-DER-'E  -  Key of  F - Chords & Lyrics
TENNESSEE WALTZ  -  Key of  C, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
THERE IS A TAVERN IN THE TOWN  -  Key of  C - Chords, Lyrics & Sound Clip
THERE'S A TEAR IN MY BEER  -  Key of  D - Chords & Lyrics
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
THREE LITTLE FISHIES  -  Key of  F - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
TIAJUANA JAIL, THE  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN SPORT  -  Key of  F - Chords & Lyrics
TOM DOOLEY  -  Keys of  G and C - Chords, Lyrics
TURKEY IN THE STRAW  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
 
W
WABASH CANNONBALL  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
WASHINGTON AND LEE SWING  -  Key of  C with Verse - Chords & Lyrics
WAY OUT WEST IN KANSAS  -  Key of  C - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
WAYWARD WIND, THE  -  Key of  F - Chords & Lyrics
WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN  -  Key of  F with Verse - Advanced Chords & Lyrics
WHERE HAS MY LITTLE DOG GONE?  -  Key of  G, 3/4 time - Chords & Lyrics
WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?  -  Key of  C - Chords & Lyrics
WHISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST  -  Key of  D - Chords
WILDWOOD FLOWER  -  Key of  C - Chords and 5-String Tab & Lyrics
WORRIED MAN BLUES  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
WRECK OF THE OLD 97  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
 
Y
YANKEE DOODLE  -  Keys of  G and F - Chords & Lyrics
YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS, THE  -  Key of  G - Chords & Lyrics
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE  -  Key of  F - Chords & Lyrics
 
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