What Are Some Good Acoustic Songs To Learn?


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TooLateForRoses
11-20-2006, 02:47 PM
Well whenever Im with a big group of friends someone usually brings their acoustic guitar, and everything I know is electric, so I dont end up playing, even though Im better than most if not all of those kids. So Im wondering what are some good, moderately simple (I cant do Clapton lol) songs that sound really good on acoustic.

prashant341
11-20-2006, 02:56 PM
the acoustic version of "stare at the sun" by thrice is real easy.
Check out jack johnson, his got some pretty easy tunes, that sound real good. And the ladies love it.

I am citizen
11-20-2006, 02:56 PM
whats so hard about just playing the songs you know on acoustic...just because your playing an acoustic guitar doesnt mean you have to change any songs you know on electric into fluffy little melodies for acoustic...just play what you know

TooLateForRoses
11-20-2006, 03:02 PM
whats so hard about just playing the songs you know on acoustic...just because your playing an acoustic guitar doesnt mean you have to change any songs you know on electric into fluffy little melodies for acoustic...just play what you know

Yeah but metal songs sound like crap on acoustic man. Almost everything I know is metal, and that doesn't transfer well to acoustic.

GrungePb
11-20-2006, 03:02 PM
(I cant do Clapton lol)

Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

I know it looks hard but it really isnt, you just pick the chords, man give it a shot, i thought it looked hard untill i printed it and playied

give it 15 mins

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/e/eric_clapton/tears_in_heaven_tab.htm

TooLateForRoses
11-20-2006, 03:09 PM
Alright, I'll give it a chance, I gotta fidn an mp3 of it though. Is Layla hard? I just looked at the tab of it and it doesn't look too bad.

Cizzie
11-20-2006, 03:20 PM
Man, even I can play Layla(chords) and Tears in Heaven, though I had a teacher to teach me but they honestley sound a lot harder than they are

Also Wonderwall - Oasis is nice 'n' easy

Supreme
11-20-2006, 04:21 PM
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=199337

The_Cory
11-20-2006, 04:41 PM
Check out the band Dispatch or Mason Jennings.

cloudy_skies
11-20-2006, 05:06 PM
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Weezer - Island in the Sun
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here, Pigs On The Wing Pts. 1 and 2
America - Horse With No Name
Stone Sour - Through Glass
Coldplay - Don't Panic

All of those songs are very easy (pretty much simple chords) and fun to play as well. Some of them have electric parts but can still be played on an acoustic.

fridge_raider
11-20-2006, 08:21 PM
There are tons!!! Literally hundred of thousands... but anyway..

Radiohead - No surprises, Fake Plastic Trees, High and Dry, Karma Police
Oasis - Wonderwall, Half The World Away, Dont Look Back in Anger
Don McLean - American Pie
Counting Crows - Mr Jones
Bob Dylan - Mr Tambourine Man, Don't Think Twice, Its Alright, Knocking on Heavens Door.
Taking Back Sunday - Cute Without The E
[Ones maybe more in your style ?]

Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
Opeth - Benighted, Harvest
Marilyn Manson - Nobodies (only manson song i like, he grates on me )
Pearl Jam - Black
Alice in Chains - Heaven Beside You.



Just a few off the top of my head.

lespaul_rentals
11-20-2006, 09:16 PM
These chaps have some nice suggestions.

Or, you could do what I do. Play a few random (but catchy) chords, and say "Can you guess who this is?" And when they say no, say "It's [b.s. band name]! You've never heard of [b.s. band name]???"

D2fromA2
11-20-2006, 09:27 PM
Here's my choice for informal crowd pleasers

Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones
Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel

All three can be strummed pretty easily, and are open to an unlimited amount of finger or flat picking leads if you or one of your acoustic buddies are up to it. If you're my age, everyone will know the words, if not, almost everyone probably had their parents play at least one of them 100 times hoping they'd stop liking punk rock! Just my picks.

gtr-boy
11-20-2006, 11:49 PM
Call it Karma (acoustic) - Silverstein
anything by city and color
anything by death cab for cutie

WhereArtEsteban
11-20-2006, 11:59 PM
Man, even I can play Layla(chords) and Tears in Heaven, though I had a teacher to teach me but they honestley sound a lot harder than they are

Also Wonderwall - Oasis is nice 'n' easy

Ya those three are almost like acoustic essentials especially for starting out.

Fender420
11-21-2006, 02:43 AM
stairway to heaven lol

yawn
11-21-2006, 02:58 AM
You're better than all your friends but you can't even play Clapton? :confused:


I'm pretty sure most metal is more difficult than Clapton's acoustic stuff :o

-=Led_Hed=-
11-21-2006, 04:23 AM
oh oh oh, I'd like to Change the World by Ten Years After, they'll be like hey i know that song but i cant put my finger on it, u obviously can though :D
and of course u gotta learn Wish You Were Here or something (Floyd)

yawn
11-21-2006, 04:39 AM
^ Change the World is gnarly.

space_ace__
11-21-2006, 07:46 AM
Yeah but metal songs sound like crap on acoustic man. Almost everything I know is metal, and that doesn't transfer well to acoustic.
"Any song that doesn't sound good on a acoustic guitar is not a good song" - Paul Stanley, KISS

qurazy
11-21-2006, 02:01 PM
You mean Grandpa's guitars? Hmmm... Anything that will get you chicks I guess.

telemaster1952
11-21-2006, 02:09 PM
Search Button!!!!

TooLateForRoses
11-21-2006, 07:33 PM
You're better than all your friends but you can't even play Clapton? :confused:


I'm pretty sure most metal is more difficult than Clapton's acoustic stuff :o

I assumed that his acoustic stuff was on par with his electric stuff that Ive heard, such as Crossroads, which I cant do. didnt realize his acoustic was simpler than that.

seamus90'
11-21-2006, 07:58 PM
I'm pretty sure most metal is more difficult than Clapton's acoustic stuff :o
Man, if you havent played any clapton then dont talk out of your ass. Claptons music way more dynamic and better than metal.

yawn
11-21-2006, 10:59 PM
^ I have played Clapton material, so I'm not talking "out of my ass".

And I still think most metal is harder to play.

darthbuttchin
11-22-2006, 02:06 PM
Honestly, try clapton songs. they are not particularly complicated, i learnt one called nobody knows you when your down and out in 7 mins( only because my dad learnt it. he went for a fag which he timed to take 7 mins and he came in and i had learnt it all but the solo.

NovemberRain273
11-22-2006, 03:28 PM
Just make up a song on the spot, its extremely easy to do, just get three or four chords and strum.

FrigidSymphony
04-06-2009, 01:03 PM
Some of my standard repertoire (and I'm also a metal guitar player) for acoustic are these, if you can sing well enough these'll be great.

Damien Rice - "Cannonball", "9 Crimes", "The Blower's Daughter", "Older Chests", "Rootless Tree", "The Animals Were Gone", "Dogs", "Delicate"

Collective Soul - "The World I Know", "Under Heaven's Skies"

The Eagles - "Lyin' Eyes", "Desperado"

3 Doors Down - "Let Me Go"

Ani DiFranco - "Not A Pretty Girl"

Cat Stevens - "Father & Son", "Wild World"

Simon & Garfunkle - "The Boxer"

Joshua Radin - "Closer"

James Blunt - "You're Beautiful"

Johnny Cash - "Hurt"

I'm blanking on the rest now, but those are all pretty easy and really good.

victoryaloy
04-06-2009, 02:02 PM
Yeah but metal songs sound like crap on acoustic man. Almost everything I know is metal, and that doesn't transfer well to acoustic.

idk.. I'm dont like metal but i def like to play metal riffs on acoustic gutiar!

FrigidSymphony
04-06-2009, 02:21 PM
Add Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Johnny Cash's "Solitary Man".

victoryaloy
04-06-2009, 02:31 PM
And I still think most metal is harder to play.

:facepalm:

:-D
04-06-2009, 03:58 PM
I always liked to play "Brian Wilson" by the Barenaked Ladies.