First song you ever learned to play?

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    Easy the first song I learned to play is the most played song guitar theme around the world!
    I don't know who wrote it, I guess it's anonymous, the theme goes like this:
    E E A A D D G G B B E E
    awefull song! but I couldn't live without it!
     
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    Truly a classic- I think I heard that one in the music store the other day
     
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    It was 42 years ago and I have no clue what the first song I learned was. Probably "Down In The Valley" or something from a Mel Bay book.

    The most difficult songs I can remember learning how to play when I was starting out were "Color My World" by Chicago and "Theme From an Imaginary Western" by Mountain. Since I've learned some theory and developed my ear in the last 40 years, they probably wouldn't be so hard now but back then they were frustrating.
     
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    Secret Agent Man. Years later I learned the right position for the intro lick.
     
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    Murray McLauchlan's "Farmer Song".
     
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    Something out of the Doc Williams "By Ear Guitar Method" which was a book and a record I had back when I was 9. Either "Little Brown Jug" or "Red River Valley."
     
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    ^^this for me, too. Kingston Trio in Sweden? :cool::
     
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    Probably something exciting like She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain or Largo on one string. On a dodgy old acoustic (set up for Hawaiian slide I think) :)
     
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    La Grange by ZZ top.

    Well, anyway it was the first song that I could play all the way through while singing and staying somewhat close to the beat :lol:
     
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    I tried, but found the opening arpeggios too difficult to finger cleanly, hence first position cowboy chords , moveable bar postions, and XII position pentatonic leads the first couple ,,,err, 20 years.:lol:
     
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    Greensleeves and House Of The Rising Sun.
     
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    Beatles - Eleanor Rigby. It's just C and Em. Doesn't get easier than that.
     
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    Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain.

    When I first bought my guitar, I spent more than a year just learning chords, and plunking around in different keys, three chords at a time. I learned that song in E, and E is still probably my favorite key to sing in.
     
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    Smoke on the Water OR Proud Mary, Proud Mary was more correct ly learned
     
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    American Pie back in 1971 or 1972! I was 8 or 9 years old and my parents joked about the fact that the local radio station wouldn't play the song but their kid did!
     
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