Advanced Acoustic Guitar Songs

Learn songs by Eva Cassidy, Cream, Al Green, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, The Police, Eric Clapton, Damien Rice, Simon & Garfunkel, and more!

The advanced acoustic songs use big chord extensions and sometimes, unique and complex chords that incorporate open strings.

To be able to play and understand how arrangements like these are put together will not be done quickly, but don’t worry, using the step by step lessons in the advanced acoustic guitar course, together we will get there.

Basslines, pentatonic and modal licks, vocal melody lines, and a few solos are incorporated into these arrangements.

In the course, there is complete TAB and loops to practice along with for each section of every song.

Alongside learning the songs you will also be learning all about modes, arpeggios, chord extensions, and complex chord progression theories.

This will teach you how to play them just like I do, but also how to write similar songs and guitar parts.

We also use these songs as a platform to learn about improvisation.

Using an actual song as our starting point, we learn how to develop vocal melodies or just study them to find out what notes to use and avoid in our improvisations.

This is a far superior method compared to randomly practicing scales or playing over generic backing tracks because it provides context and prepares you for a real-world scenario where you play gigs, write songs and record your own music.

Below, you find a link to every acoustic song available in the course. There are chords, guitar lesson previews, a full performance of every song as well as lyrics and artist biographies available for all of them.


This one guitar arrangement of Angels is an example of how to arrange piano parts for the guitar.

For example, the first chord of verse 2, a C-shaped E major chord, uses the low open E to create a big sounding, piano-like chord.

Go to Angels chords.


Inspired by Bach’s Bouree in E minor, Paul McCartney created a modern masterpiece that all other finger-picked songs shall forever be compared to.

An open G string is used almost throughout Blackbird. This ties the very clever chord progression together.

Go to Blackbird chords.


The original recording of Cannonball contains up to 6 guitars playing different lines.

My one guitar arrangement is a combination of these parts. You will need a capo to get it in the right key.

Go to Cannonball chords.

I Shot The Sheriff

This one guitar arrangement of I Shot The Sheriff aims to combine the original bassline and chords in a way that reminds us of a band jamming.

In later lessons, we play the vocal melody and improvise up parts.

Go to I Shot The Sheriff chords.

Over The Rainbow

With its intricate picking pattern and chord extensions, Over The Rainbow gently move from one chord to the next.

A replica of Eva Cassidy‘s beautiful guitar arrangement of this classic song is what is on offer in this lesson.

Go to Over The Rainbow chords.


Roxanne’s verse progression descends which cleverly supports the lyrical attempt to stop Roxanne from selling her body under the red light.

The bridge/pre-chorus employ the II – V – VI progression which set us up for the very common I – IV – V chorus progression.

Go to Roxanne chords.

Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair takes full advantage of the II chord by using the extensions sus2, 13, and sus4, ending up with a Dorian-sounding composition.

It would be impossible to play Scarborough Fair using different shapes as the incorporated open strings give the arrangement its distinctive sound.

Go to Scarborough Fair chords.

Sunshine Of Your Love

This one guitar version of Sunshine Of Your Love is a combination of Cream’s original and Spanky Wilson’s cover.

Using the main riff as a starting point over this blues progression, the I chord has sometimes been extended to a dom7#9. The solo? We learn it note for note!

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love chords.

Take Me To The River

For anyone interested in how to write a fantastic chord progression, look no further! This blues/soul/gospel classic is one of Al Green’s finest compositions.

The question is: How do you combine all those strings, horns, keyboards, guitars, and bass lines into just a one acoustic guitar arrangement?

Go to Take Me To The River chords.

Tears In Heaven

Eric Clapton’s beautiful tribute to his son has become one of his best-known songs.

I’ve transcribed the unplugged version note for note, including the 2nd guitar played by Andy Fairweather Low. In the course, we even play the bass solo!

Go to Tears In Heaven chords.

Wish You Were Here

The Stadium meets campfire trick that Wish You Were Here pulls off has made it immortal and as a consequence, often plagiarized.

This is not a song to jam and improvise over, so legendary are the licks you simply must learn each and every one of them, note for note.

Go to Wish You Were Here chords.