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
Seal acoustic Caren Armstrong
Soul Asylum acoustic Caren Armstrong
Lynyrd Skynyrd acoustic Caren Armstrong
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Caren Armstrong
Creedence Clearwater Revival acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
America acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Hiatt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Pearl Jam acoustic Caren Armstrong
Bobbie Gentry acoustic Sharon Aguilar
Cat Stevens acoustic Douglas Showalter
Peter, Paul, and Mary acoustic Henrik Linde
Richie Havens acoustic Douglas Showalter
Gene Autry acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Dave Van Ronk acoustic Caren Armstrong
Mildred and Patty Hill acoustic Lisa McCormick