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
John Barleycorn
Traditional
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Lemon Tree
The Kingston Trio
The Kingston Trio acoustic Mike Olekshy
America acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Who acoustic Mike Olekshy
Sunshine (Go Away Today)
Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards acoustic Mike Olekshy
KT Tunstall acoustic Douglas Showalter
At Seventeen
Janis Ian
Janis Ian acoustic Lisa McCormick
Tracks of My Tears
Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson acoustic Caren Armstrong
Heart acoustic Douglas Showalter
Closer to Fine
Indigo Girls
Indigo Girls acoustic Lisa McCormick
Hot Tuna acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Hiatt acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Fahey acoustic Tom Finch
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Hiatt acoustic Douglas Showalter
Gene Autry acoustic Caren Armstrong
You Send Me
Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick