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
Extreme acoustic Michael Elsner
Janis Ian acoustic Lisa McCormick
KT Tunstall acoustic Douglas Showalter
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Elvis Presley acoustic Henrik Linde
Indigo Girls acoustic Lisa McCormick
Hot Tuna acoustic Caren Armstrong
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Fahey acoustic Tom Finch
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Gene Autry acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Fahey acoustic Tom Finch
Train acoustic Michael Elsner
Harry Nilsson acoustic Mike Olekshy
Heart acoustic Douglas Showalter
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Donovan acoustic Douglas Showalter
Bobbie Gentry acoustic Sharon Aguilar