I finally started learning how to play guitar in July 2002, when a friend (Chris Harron, take a bow) helped me find a good second-hand guitar - a righty that he helped convert to a lefty.  Ian Masters gave me my first lesson and got me playing my first real cord, after years of half-hearted trying, and gave me a sense of accomplishment.  In August I bought the Guitar For Dummies book, and lo and behold it helped me even more.  With some careful thought about the songs I like that sound easy to do on acoustic guitar, I researched tabs and practiced and now have a set list of songs that I can actually play.  Hooray for me!  So, if you are planning a party, or if you are a band and need an opening act, check out some of these sweet melodies that I can sort of hack away.  Most people who hear them will testify that my versions of these songs actually kind of sound a bit like the originals - hey, everybody has to start somewhere! 

Acoustic Guitar – Set List

Suicide is Painless – M*A*S*H* theme
Wu Bai song (Chinese)
Wu Bai song (Chinese)
Kiki – Liu Jeng (Chinese)
A Boy Named Sue – Shel Silverstein
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Apeman – the Kinks
Across the Universe – the Beatles
Hey Hey My My – Neil Young
Alice’s Restaurant (tune) – Arlo Guthrie
Nagisa Nite song (tune)
Walk Don’t Run (tune) – the Ventures
Don’t Feat the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
Welcome To The Machine – Pink Floyd
It Ain’t Me Babe – Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A-Changin – Bob Dylan
Positively 4th Avenue – Bob Dylan
All Along The Watchtower - Bob Dylan
The Tomato Song – Stompin’ Tom Connors
Tillsonburg – Stompin’ Tom Connors
The Mercy Seat – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Chelsea Hotel #2 – Leonard Cohen
The Story of Isaac – Leonard Cohen
That’s No Way To Say Goodbye – Leonard Cohen
I’m Your Man – Leonard Cohen
The Old Revolution – Leonard Cohen
Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
Stories of the Street – Leonard Cohen
So Long Marianne – Leonard Cohen
Famous Blue Raincoat – Leonard Cohen
Hurt – Nine Inch Nails (Johnny Cash acoustic version)
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
Long Black Veil – various
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
Heart of Gold – Neil Young
Brimful of Asha – Cornershop
Find the River – REM
The House of the Rising Sun – the Animals
Ich Bin Ein Auslander – Pop Will Eat Itself
Express Kundalini – Love and Rockets
No New Tale To Tell – Love and Rockets
Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction
Angie – the Rolling Stones
Do You Love Me (Part 2) – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Ray of Light – Madonna
Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel
Like a Hurricane – Neil Young
After The Gold Rush – Neil Young
Harvest – Neil Young
Mr. Soul – Neil Young
Pocahanas – Neil Young
Out On The Weekend – Neil Young
Redemption Song – Bob Marley
Fire and Rain – James Taylor
Shower The People – James Taylor
What Goes On – the Velvet Underground
Pale Blue Eyes – the Velvet Underground
The Night That I Cremated Sam McGee – Stompin’ Tom Connors
Days – Kinks
Dead Flowers – the Rolling Stones
Man In Me – Bob Dylan
Juanita – the Flying Burrito Brothers
Ciao! – Lush

p.s. Notice lots of Leonard Cohen songs among them?   Stompin' Tom?  Neil Young?