Acoustic Songs

The acoustic style denotes a broad category of music that is either written for, or more easily played on, the acoustic guitar. This genre is generally characterized by acoustic-friendly techniques, such as fingerpicking and light strumming.

California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas is a good example of applied acoustic technique, and an apt representation of the acoustic style in general.

You’ll also see the term “acoustic” used to designate an adaptation or arrangement of a song that might not have had a strong acoustic-guitar presence on the original track. For example “Let It Be” by the Beatles and “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal can both be easily arranged in an acoustic style, despite a less distinct acoustic guitar track on the song’s original recordings.

Acoustic Songs

info title artist style difficulty instructor
The Mamas and the Papas acoustic Henrik Linde
The Rolling Stones acoustic Mike Olekshy
Johnny Cash acoustic Caren Armstrong
Sting acoustic Anders Mouridsen
The Beatles acoustic Caren Armstrong
Creedence Clearwater Revival acoustic Caren Armstrong
Eagles acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Black Crowes acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
George Harrison acoustic Caren Armstrong
Kansas acoustic Douglas Showalter
Cat Stevens acoustic Lisa McCormick
Eric Clapton acoustic Douglas Showalter
Plain White T`s acoustic Douglas Showalter
John Fahey acoustic Tom Finch
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Fleetwood Mac acoustic Mike Olekshy
Peter, Paul, and Mary acoustic Henrik Linde
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Seal acoustic Caren Armstrong