Acoustic Songs Lessons

Mama Tried by Merle Haggard

Mama Tried by Merle Haggard

In this lesson we will learn the classic Merle Haggard tune Mama Tried.  Just 4 chords needed for this one. D, G, A, and Bm.  The intro is the most challenging part using a hybrid picking technique to create a D major based arpeggio.

Song Difficulty: 3

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American Pie by Don McLean

American Pie by Don McLean

Learn this classic acoustic tune by Don McLean.  It is simple in the sense that it uses mostly open chords but the arrangement can be tricky to get down.  A lot of chord changes in this one

Song Difficulty: 4

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Blue On Black by Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Blue On Black by Kenny Wayne Shepherd

In this lesson we delve into Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Blue On Black, an acoustic blues rock tune from the late 90's.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Eagles

Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Eagles

An easy tune in the key of E using the chords E, A, B, F#m.  The intro does make use of an Esus4 chord.  Great for acoustic and electric

Song Difficulty: 3

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Amie by Pure Prairie League

Amie by Pure Prairie League

Great acoustic tune with cool lead intro solo in A Pentatonic major.  Mostly uses open chords until the outro which requires some practice.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Ripple by The Grateful Dead

Ripple by The Grateful Dead

In this lesson we are going to learn Ripple by The Grateful Dead.  This is a great example of a folk / bluegrass style where the guitar plays the melody within the chord progression.  The intro is a challenge to grasp with the combining of rhythm and melody, but the rest of the tune is quite simple. Five open chords used throughout, G, C, D, Am, and A

Song Difficulty: 5

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Far From Any Road by the Handsome Family

Far From Any Road by the Handsome Family

Learn the theme song from True Detective, Far From Any Road.  Easy tune using mostly open chords and an F Barre chord.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi

Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi

In this lesson we will learn all the main acoustic parts to Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi.  This song has a classic, very recognizable intro that is challenging and fun to play.  The song is based in the key of D and uses just 4 simple chords, G, Cadd9, D, and F.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Wildwood Flower

Wildwood Flower

In this lesson we will be learning the Carter family classic Wildwood Flower. This is a great example of a traditional Bluegrass style tune.  The melody is played within the chords much like a chord melody or solo.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran

Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran

Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran is a fairy easy 4 chord Pop tune.  The trick here is getting the accented rhythm down.

Song Difficulty: 3

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I'll Fight by Wilco

I'll Fight by Wilco

I'll Fight by Wilco is a fairly simple song to play with the exception of the melodic intro.  The song is a folk style acoustic tune using a capo on the 3rd fret.  The intro contains a melody within the strumming of the chord progression. Chord shapes used are Am, C, Dm, Em, F, and G

Song Difficulty: 4

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Yesterday by The Beatles

Yesterday by The Beatles

In this lesson we will be studying Yesterday by The Beatles.  The song was performed by McCartney in a fingerstyle fashion.  The guitar needs to be tuned down a whole step to be in tune with the original recording.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Blowin in the Wind by Bob Dylan

Blowin in the Wind by Bob Dylan

In this lesson we will learn the classic Bob Dylan tune Blowin in the Wind. The tune requires a capo at the 7th fret.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Hey Ho by the Lumineers

Hey Ho by the Lumineers

In this lesson we will learn Hey Ho by the Lumineers. Good song for beginners that know open chords.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Bad Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce

Bad Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce

In this lesson we will learn Bad Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce. There are several ways to play the tune for beginners and intermediate players.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Hotel California by The Eagles

Hotel California by The Eagles

In this lesson we will learn the classic Eagles tune Hotel California. The song uses a finger picking technique and a capo at the 7th fret. TAB for this song can be found in your Tool Box. The Toll Box is located in your Profile.

Song Difficulty: 7

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Frozen Man by James Taylor

Frozen Man by James Taylor

In this lesson we will learn Frozen Man by James Taylor.

Song Difficulty: 7

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California Dreaming by Mamas and the Papas

California Dreaming by Mamas and the Papas

In this lesson we will learn California Dreaming by the Mamas and the Papas. This song requires a capo.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Working at the Car Wash Blues

Working at the Car Wash Blues

In this lesson we will learn the Jim Croce tune Working at the Car Wash Blues.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Im Yours by Jason Mraz

Im Yours by Jason Mraz

In this lesson we will learn the Jason Mraz tune I'm Yours. This song requires a capo on the 2nd fret.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Redemption Song by Bob Marley

Redemption Song by Bob Marley

This lesson covers Redemption Song by Bob Marley. A great tune for beginners learning open chords.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Stay by Sugarland

Stay by Sugarland

In this lesson we will be learning Stay by Sugarland.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Chicken Fried (Acoustic) by Zac Brown Band

Chicken Fried (Acoustic) by Zac Brown Band

In this lesson we will be studying the acoustic parts to Chicken Fried by the Zac Brown Band. Tune down 1/2 step to be in tune with the original recording. The song intro requires difficult Travis picking techniques. Recommended study of volume 12 lessons on finger picking. The rest of the tune is basic open chords.

Song Difficulty: 8

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If I Die Young by The Band Perry

If I Die Young by The Band Perry

In this lesson we will learn If I Die Young by The Band Perry

Song Difficulty: 3

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Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison

Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison

In this lesson we will learn the tune Every Rose Has Its Thorn. The original recording is tuned a half step down.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Angel by Jack Johnson

Angel by Jack Johnson

In this lesson we will be learning Angel by Jack Johnson. Great tune for beginners. Uses mainly open chords.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker and Old Crow Medicine Show

Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker and Old Crow Medicine Show

In this lesson we will study the song "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker and Old Crow Medicine Show

Song Difficulty: 2

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Country Road by John Denver

Country Road by John Denver

This lesson is a song study of John Denver's Country Road country classic.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Stupid Boy by Keith Urban

Stupid Boy by Keith Urban

This lesson is a song study of Keith Urban's Stupid Boy. The song requires Drop D tuning and capo at the 1st fret.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Midnight Rider by the Allman Brothers Band

Midnight Rider by the Allman Brothers Band

This lesson is a song study of the Allman Brothers Band's "Midnight Rider." It will focus on the intro main riff, verse, chorus, and bridge chord progression.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

In this lesson we will do a song study of the Fleetwood Mac classic "Landslide."

Song Difficulty: 4

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Handshake Drugs by Wilco

Handshake Drugs by Wilco

In this lesson we will do a song study of Handshake Drugs by Wilco.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Somebody I Used To Know

Somebody I Used To Know

In this lesson we will learn Somebody I Used To Know by GOTYE.

Song Difficulty: 3

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I'm Gonna Miss Her by Brad Paisley

I'm Gonna Miss Her by Brad Paisley

This lesson is a song study of I'm Gonna Miss Her by Brad Paisley. This song is based in the key of F# and requires an alternate tuning of a 1/2 step down.

Song Difficulty: 6

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Squeeze Box by the Who

Squeeze Box by the Who

This is a song study of the Who's Squeeze Box.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Harvest Moon by Neil Young

Harvest Moon by Neil Young

This lesson is a song study of Neil Young's Harvest Moon. The song requires a Drop D tuning.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Night Moves by Bob Seger

Night Moves by Bob Seger

In this lesson we will study Night Moves by Bob Seger.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers

Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers

In this lesson we will study the Bill Wither's tune Ain't No Sunshine

Song Difficulty: 3

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Home by Phillip Phillips

Home by Phillip Phillips

In this lesson we will study Home by Phillip Phillips.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Norwegian Wood by the Beatles

Norwegian Wood by the Beatles

In this lesson we will study the song Norwegian Wood by the Beatles.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Fifteen by Taylor Swift

Fifteen by Taylor Swift

In this lesson we will study the song Fifteen by Taylor Swift. Good tune for beginners. Requires being able to play open chords.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

In this lesson we will be learning the classic Brown Eyed Girl. This tune is a good song for beginners requiring only a few simple open chords

Song Difficulty: 2

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Picture by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

Picture by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

In this lesson we will be learning Picture by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. This is an easy tune using just a few open chords. Great tune for beginners.

Song Difficulty: 2

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We Are Going To Be Friends by The White Stripes

We Are Going To Be Friends by The White Stripes

In this lesson we will learn this simple finger style tune using just 4 chords.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet

Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet

In this lesson we will be learning Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet. Easy song for beginners using only 3 open chords.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Carol King

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Carol King

In this lesson we will be studying Carol King's Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead

Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead

In this song study lesson we will be learning Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead. This tune is a fairly tune using mostly open chords.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Heart of Gold chords and tab

Heart of Gold chords and tab

In this lesson we will be learning Neil Young's Heart of Gold. This tune is fairly simple using just 4 open chords throughout. Heart of Gold chords are Em, G, C, and D.  He also uses a variation on Em called Em7 by adding the pinky to the 3rd fret of the B string.  There are basically 3 sections to the tune, an intro, verse, and chorus.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Let It Be by the Beatles

Let It Be by the Beatles

Let It Be is a relatively simple song to play along to. The original tune is mainly piano. We have transcribed a finger style version the requires just a few basic chords. You could also strum with a pick.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Via Chicago by Wilco

Via Chicago by Wilco

Via Chicago is a simple 3 chord tune applying the same progression throughout. The song does require a capo. I have also included a significant lead guitar part that is a recurring theme in the song.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Brokedown Palace by Grateful Dead / Adrienne Young

Brokedown Palace by Grateful Dead / Adrienne Young

This tune uses mostly open chords. The Adrienee Young version requires a capo at the 2nd fret.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Man of Constant Sorrow

Man of Constant Sorrow

Learn this bluesy bluegrass tune from the movie Brother Where Art Thou. The tune requires Drop D tuning and a capo on the 3rd fret. Basic chords include D, G, and A. The song applies a bluesy line that recurs throughout the tune.

Song Difficulty: 4

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You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

Learn how to play this tune on acoustic guitar with a capo at the 4th fret. The tune is fairly simple using just 4 chords throughout.

Song Difficulty: 2

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The Weight by The Band

The Weight by The Band

In this lesson we will study how to play the classic tune The Weight by the Band.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

This tune requires a capo at the 2nd fret to be in tune with the original recording. The chord progression is relatively easy just using open chords.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Riptide by Vance Joy

Riptide by Vance Joy

This is a relatively simple tune using 3 or 4 open chords. The trick here is getting the strum pattern down.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Blackbird by the Beatles

Blackbird by the Beatles

In this lesson we will be learning the classic acoustic guitar song Blackbird by Paul McCartney and the Beatles. This is a great fingerstyle style piece that is sure to impress. Blackbird chords are unique in that there are no full open chords used throughout the tune.  McCartney is specifically picking specific notes of implied chords creating a beautiful melodic piece.  Specifically the root note on E or A string and the B string are highlighted with an open G ringing throughout.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Freebird by Lynard Skynard

Freebird by Lynard Skynard

In this lesson we will learn the main chord progressions to Freebird by Lynard Skynard.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Free Fallin' by Tom Petty

Free Fallin' by Tom Petty

In this lesson we will be learning Free Fallin' by Tom Petty. Song requires a capo at the 1st Fret

Song Difficulty: 3

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Your Song by Ellie Goulding

Your Song by Ellie Goulding

In this lesson we will learn Ellie Goulding's version of the classic Elton John tune "Your Song". Capo at 3rd fret.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Ants Marching by Dave Matthews

Ants Marching by Dave Matthews

In this lesson we will study Ants Marching by Dave Matthews

Song Difficulty: 5

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Drink A Beer by Luke Bryan

Drink A Beer by Luke Bryan

In this lesson we will be Learning Drink A Beer by Luke Bryan. This tune require a capo at the first fret.

Song Difficulty: 4

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All of Me by John Legend

All of Me by John Legend

In this lesson we will be arranging the piano based John Legend tune All of Me for acoustic guitar. Requires a capo at the 1st fret.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Learning To Fly by Tom Petty

Learning To Fly by Tom Petty

IN this lesson we will learn Learning To Fly by Tom Petty. Pretty simple tune requiring just 4 chords

Song Difficulty: 2

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Wonderwall by Oasis

Wonderwall by Oasis

In this lesson we will be learning Wonderwall by Oasis. The song requires a capo at 2nd fret. Fairly easy tune with 4 chords, but does have a more complicated strumming pattern

Song Difficulty: 3

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Wake Me Up by Avicii

Wake Me Up by Avicii

This tune has a simple 4 chord progression using all open chords. The challenging part of this song is the rhythm. You will need to know C, F, Am, G, and E

Song Difficulty: 4

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You and Tequila by Kenny Chesney (chords and tab)

You and Tequila by Kenny Chesney (chords and tab)

You and Tequila is a relatively simple tune with mainly open chords based in the key of G. Tune down 1/2 step to be in tune with the original recording.  Kenny Chesney uses the chords G, Csus2, G/B, D, Bm, and A7 to build the chord progressions in the song.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Simple Man by Lynard Skynard / Shinedown

Simple Man by Lynard Skynard / Shinedown

In this lesson we will learn the tune Simple Man by Lynard Skynard. It has also been done in an acoustic version by Shinedown. The song uses an arpeggiated, three chord progression throughout.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Love Sick Blues by Hank Williams

Love Sick Blues by Hank Williams

In this lesson we will be learning Lovesick Blues by Hank Williams. This tune uses mostly open chords, but does have an interesting arrangement and was written with a 2/2 time signature.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Knockin on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan

Knockin on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan

In this lesson we will be learning the song Knockin On Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan. Very easy tune with a 4 chord progression that repeats for the entire song. None the less a great song!

Song Difficulty: 1

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A Team by Ed Sheeran

A Team by Ed Sheeran

In this lesson we will be learning A Team by Ed Sheeran. This song will require a capo at the 2nd fret

Song Difficulty: 3

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