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
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Janis Ian acoustic Lisa McCormick
Extreme acoustic Michael Elsner
John Hiatt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Harry Nilsson acoustic Mike Olekshy
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Fahey acoustic Tom Finch
Bobbie Gentry acoustic Sharon Aguilar
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Heart acoustic Douglas Showalter
KT Tunstall acoustic Douglas Showalter
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Whitney Houston acoustic Mike Olekshy
Elvis Presley acoustic Mike Olekshy
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
John Hiatt acoustic Douglas Showalter
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick