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
Bobbie Gentry acoustic Sharon Aguilar
John Hiatt acoustic Douglas Showalter
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Whitney Houston acoustic Mike Olekshy
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Ryan Adams acoustic Mike Olekshy
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Elvis Presley acoustic Mike Olekshy
Edwin McCain acoustic Michael Elsner
Richie Havens acoustic Douglas Showalter
Saigon Kick acoustic Douglas Showalter
Indigo Girls acoustic Lisa McCormick
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Jimmy Buffett acoustic Barrett Tagliarino
The Temptations acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick