Help me find some slow guitar songs with simple melodies
August 15, 2014 6:33 AM   Subscribe

I really like playing the song "Claudia's Theme" from the Unforgiven soundtrack. I'm not a very good guitar player but it's a slow enough pace and it's so deceptively simple that I can really concentrate on performing the piece or I can just pluck away at it without having to give it a ton of thought.

I'd like to find some similar slow songs with simple melodies that I could play. The sad and/or western feel isn't a requirement. I do like that style but I'm not picky and I play a bit of everything.

My ear isn't great so stuff with sheet music, tabs, or a youtube lesson helps but I'm certainly willing to take a crack at figuring it out by ear alone.

The only things I'd like to avoid are nursery rhymes and the like (Mary Had a Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, etc.).
posted by VTX to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I was recently looking for a solo classical guitar rendition of the old hymn Just As I Am. I eventually stumbled on this version by Chas Evans, which was exactly what I was looking for. The song has a beautiful melody, similar in mood to the Claudia's Theme piece you linked.

Chas Evans - Just As I Am (SoundCloud)

The melody should be fairly simple to play -- just ignore the underlying chords until you feel like more of a challenge.
posted by BurntHombre at 7:13 AM on August 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Have you looked on Soundslice? I don't see a way of looking for simple melodies specifically, but all have YouTube videos and tabs, and you can slow down and loop playback to help you learn how to play it.
posted by snarfois at 7:29 AM on August 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

Take a look at the opening to Storybook Love, the theme from The Princess Bridge.
posted by hanov3r at 8:41 AM on August 15, 2014

Liona Boyd - Gymnopédie #1 (Eric Satie)

Free online sheet music and tab here
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 8:49 AM on August 15, 2014

Will the Circle be Unbroken. There's plenty of lessons on Youtube and it's a gorgeous song. Lots of older gospel songs will probably fit the bill.
posted by Arbac at 10:55 AM on August 15, 2014

I cried for you
posted by cashman at 8:27 AM on August 21, 2014

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