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
Bonnie Raitt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
James Taylor acoustic Douglas Showalter
John Fahey acoustic Tom Finch
Nirvana acoustic Mike Olekshy
America acoustic Tom Finch
Pearl Jam acoustic Mike Olekshy
Billy Joel acoustic Mike Olekshy
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Extreme acoustic Douglas Showalter
Jimmy Buffett acoustic Henrik Linde
The Doobie Brothers acoustic Tom Finch
Joan Baez acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Harry Chapin acoustic Douglas Showalter
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Marvelettes acoustic Caren Armstrong
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Soul Asylum acoustic Douglas Showalter