This morning, in the midst of a blizzard, I heard my kid sitting in the living room trying to work out the guitar chords to two different songs: America’s “Ventura Highway” and “Tribute” by Tenacious D.  (And yes, I do consider that juxtaposition to be proof of successful parenting, thank you.)  It’s actually pretty close to the choice of songs I’d go with if I were to start taking guitar lessons, though there’s a strong likelihood that Pearl Jam’s “Black” would be in there someplace, leading us to today’s whammy bar query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) might also consider “Queen Bee” by Grand Funk accompanied by “Don’t Answer Me” by the Alan Parsons Project, asking: Which two songs would YOU choose to learn first during our hypothetical guitar lessons?


About Author

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

    Sabbath’s “Iron Man”. Not the whole song. Just the hook for learning fun.

    And The Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” because it’s strummy chord kinda stuff, not too fast, and you get to sing “Brah” a lot.

        • Not gonna lie, I’ve never heard of Sultans of Swing before. Don’t judge, I’m of the age that this is just outside the realm of music I grew up on I guess. So, I looked it up. Wow, I really like that guitar playing though! I actually really like the bass guitar too, they don’t hide it either. Really enjoyed listening, glad you posted it!

  2. Garth Brooks “The Thunder Rolls” I love the guitar picking in it.
    And then my second would be a tie between Eagles “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane” both of those have such great guitar parts!

Leave A Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.