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
America acoustic Tom Finch
America acoustic Caren Armstrong
America acoustic Mike Olekshy
America acoustic Caren Armstrong
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Barenaked Ladies acoustic Mike Olekshy
Billy Joel acoustic Mike Olekshy
Billy Joel acoustic Douglas Showalter
Bobbie Gentry acoustic Sharon Aguilar
Bonnie Raitt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Bread acoustic Caren Armstrong
Bread acoustic Mike Olekshy
Cat Stevens acoustic Lisa McCormick
Cat Stevens acoustic Douglas Showalter
Cat Stevens acoustic Douglas Showalter
Creedence Clearwater Revival acoustic Caren Armstrong
Creedence Clearwater Revival acoustic Caren Armstrong
Dave Van Ronk acoustic Caren Armstrong