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
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
Eric Clapton acoustic Douglas Showalter
The Rolling Stones acoustic Mike Olekshy
Creedence Clearwater Revival acoustic Caren Armstrong
Kansas acoustic Douglas Showalter
The Mamas and the Papas acoustic Henrik Linde
Gary Jules acoustic Caren Armstrong
Lord Huron acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Black Crowes acoustic Anders Mouridsen
The Rolling Stones acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Who acoustic Mike Olekshy
Johnny Cash acoustic Caren Armstrong
Pearl Jam acoustic Caren Armstrong
Sting acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Plain White T`s acoustic Douglas Showalter
Janis Joplin acoustic Lisa McCormick
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Cat Stevens acoustic Lisa McCormick
Bonnie Raitt acoustic Caren Armstrong