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
Elvis Presley acoustic Henrik Linde
Jim Croce acoustic Lisa McCormick
Billy Joel acoustic Douglas Showalter
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Mildred and Patty Hill acoustic Lisa McCormick
The Byrds acoustic Caren Armstrong
Dave Van Ronk acoustic Caren Armstrong
Janis Ian acoustic Lisa McCormick
Smokey Robinson acoustic Caren Armstrong
Jonathan Edwards acoustic Mike Olekshy
Bread acoustic Mike Olekshy
Norah Jones acoustic Douglas Showalter
KT Tunstall acoustic Douglas Showalter
John Hiatt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Extreme acoustic Michael Elsner
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Indigo Girls acoustic Lisa McCormick
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Heart acoustic Douglas Showalter
Train acoustic Michael Elsner