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
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Train acoustic Michael Elsner
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Harry Nilsson acoustic Mike Olekshy
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
Donovan acoustic Douglas Showalter
Hot Tuna acoustic Caren Armstrong
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Ryan Adams acoustic Mike Olekshy
Whitney Houston acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Temptations acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Hiatt acoustic Douglas Showalter
Elvis Presley acoustic Mike Olekshy
Bobbie Gentry acoustic Sharon Aguilar
Lisa McCormick acoustic Lisa McCormick
Richie Havens acoustic Douglas Showalter