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
Fleetwood Mac acoustic Mike Olekshy
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Marvelettes acoustic Caren Armstrong
David Loggins acoustic Douglas Showalter
Cat Stevens acoustic Douglas Showalter
Jimmy Buffett acoustic Henrik Linde
Death Cab for Cutie acoustic Douglas Showalter
Joan Baez acoustic Caren Armstrong
Soul Asylum acoustic Douglas Showalter
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Eddie Vedder acoustic Douglas Showalter
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
The Allman Brothers acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Elvis Presley acoustic Henrik Linde
America acoustic Mike Olekshy
Barenaked Ladies acoustic Mike Olekshy
Holiday acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Holiday acoustic Caren Armstrong