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 Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Caren Armstrong
Bonnie Raitt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Janis Ian acoustic Lisa McCormick
Bread acoustic Mike Olekshy
Peter Frampton acoustic Lisa McCormick
Creedence Clearwater Revival acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Byrds acoustic Caren Armstrong
KT Tunstall acoustic Douglas Showalter
The Doobie Brothers acoustic Tom Finch
The Beatles acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Mamas and the Papas acoustic Henrik Linde
Harry Chapin acoustic Douglas Showalter
Donovan acoustic Mike Olekshy
Eric Clapton acoustic Douglas Showalter
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Indigo Girls acoustic Lisa McCormick
Donovan acoustic Douglas Showalter