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
Mildred and Patty Hill acoustic Lisa McCormick
Cat Stevens acoustic Douglas Showalter
Jonathan Edwards acoustic Mike Olekshy
Train acoustic Michael Elsner
America acoustic Mike Olekshy
Smokey Robinson acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Byrds acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Hot Tuna acoustic Caren Armstrong
Linda Ronstadt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Donovan acoustic Mike Olekshy
Indigo Girls acoustic Lisa McCormick
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
Dave Van Ronk acoustic Caren Armstrong
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Norah Jones acoustic Douglas Showalter
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong