1. Leaving on a Jet Plane (John Denver)
The original version of this song involves a bunch of finger-picking, which is far too complex for the absolute beginner guitarist. Instead, reference the tab, and strum once per bar, to get the hang of basic chord changes... it won't sound like the recording, but you can practice working on your fretting hand fingering. NOTE: to see the guitar part in the tab, select "piano" in the instrument pull down (doesn't make sense, but it's an error in the tab itself)
2. If I Had a Hammer (Peter, Paul and Mary)
3. Suzanne (Leonard Cohen)
4. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
This song from the Canadian hero Gordon Lightfoot makes extensive use of a chord you may not have seen before - the Asus2 chord. This is a nice easy one to play - adventurous beginner guitarists can even try their hand at the simple lead guitar part. The song is written in a 6/8 time signature - listen to the audio to replicate the feel and strum.
5. Alice's Restaurant (Arlo Guthrie)
This epic 19 minute Arlo Guthrie song is actually just a 16-bar guitar pattern that repeats ad nauseum. The guitar part itself is a little bit tricky - it uses fingerpicking extensively. If you're a novice, you'll want to take this very slowly, making sure to play the part accurately.