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
Janis Joplin acoustic Lisa McCormick
Pearl Jam acoustic Mike Olekshy
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
America acoustic Tom Finch
Linda Ronstadt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Extreme acoustic Douglas Showalter
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Harry Chapin acoustic Douglas Showalter
Peter Frampton acoustic Lisa McCormick
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Doobie Brothers acoustic Tom Finch
Sting acoustic Dave Celentano
America acoustic Caren Armstrong
Marc Cohn acoustic Douglas Showalter
Billy Joel acoustic Mike Olekshy
James Taylor acoustic Douglas Showalter
America acoustic Caren Armstrong
Bread acoustic Caren Armstrong
Fleetwood Mac acoustic Mike Olekshy