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
Lemon Tree
The Kingston Trio
The Kingston Trio acoustic Mike Olekshy
John Hiatt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Without You
Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson acoustic Mike Olekshy
America acoustic Mike Olekshy
Holiday acoustic Caren Armstrong
Fancy
Bobbie Gentry
Bobbie Gentry acoustic Sharon Aguilar
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Fahey acoustic Tom Finch
Ryan Adams acoustic Mike Olekshy
John Hiatt acoustic Douglas Showalter
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
You Send Me
Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Colours
Donovan
Donovan acoustic Douglas Showalter
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Temptations acoustic Caren Armstrong
Cupid
Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Greatest Love Of All
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston acoustic Mike Olekshy