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
The Grateful Dead acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Lynyrd Skynyrd acoustic Anders Mouridsen
The Black Crowes acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Sting acoustic Anders Mouridsen
The Allman Brothers acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Jimmy Buffett acoustic Barrett Tagliarino
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Johnny Cash acoustic Caren Armstrong
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Linda Ronstadt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Smokey Robinson acoustic Caren Armstrong
America acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Temptations acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Beatles acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Bread acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Pearl Jam acoustic Caren Armstrong
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Byrds acoustic Caren Armstrong