Learn songs by The Beatles, Mama Cass, Eva Cassidy, Eric Clapton, Cream, Al Green, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, The Police, Damien Rice, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder and more!
The advanced acoustic songs use chord extensions and inversions that may be new to you. A few solos are incorporated into the arrangements as well, sometimes as overdubs, sometimes not.
Take the advanced course and there is complete TAB for every song but that’s just the beginning. Alongside learning the songs you will also be learning all about modes, arpeggios, chord extensions and complex chord progressions.
This will not only teach you how to play them, but also how to write similar songs and guitar parts.
Below you find a link to every acoustic song available in the Advanced Acoustic Guitar Course.
1. Wish You Were Here
The Stadium meets campfire trick that Wish You Were Here pull 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.
2. Sunshine Of Your Love
This one guitar version of Sunshine Of Your Love is a combination of Creams 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!
3. 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?
4. I Shot The Sheriff
This one guitar arrangement of I Shot The Sheriff aim to combine the original bass line and chords in a way that reminds us of a band jamming.
In later lessons, we play the vocal melody and improvise up parts.
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.
Roxanne’s verse progression descend 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.
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, use the low open E to create a big sounding, piano-like chord.
8. 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.
9. 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 one guitar arrangement of this classic song is what is on offer in this lesson.
Inspired by Bach’s Bouree in E minor, Paul McCartney created a modern masterpiece that all other finger style songs shall forever be compared to.
An open G string is used almost throughout Blackbird. This ties the very clever chord progression together.
11. Tears In Heaven
Tears In Heaven has a genius chord progression that uses small variations and slash chords to keep the harmonic interest on top.
Most people recognize Clapton’s live version from the legendary live Unplugged Album, rather than the official album version.
12. Don’t Wait Too Long
Using traditional jazz chord progressions with some interesting extensions, Madeleine Peyroux launched herself as a contemporary answer to Billie Holiday.
The bridge section uses a long cycle of 4th progression, further adding to the 1940s Jazz/Blues vibe.
13. Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home is a Jazz/Blues written by Clarence Williams.
Sung by Bessie Smith, Nat King Cole & Ella Fitzgerald it has become a jazz standard.
14. Angel Eyes
Angel Eyes is a jazz standard in the minor blues format. Using a walking bass, you should play this song differently every time by improvising the bass line.
If you have practiced your chords in every position you can easily add them, no matter where your walking bass leads you.
15. Dream A Little Dream Of Me
I’ve recorded Mama Cass classic version of Dream A Little Dream Of Me almost note for note.
That’s until the chorus kicks in. On the original recording, there is little guitar so this section has been arranged almost from scratch to work on one acoustic guitar.
16. Why Don’t You Do Right
In Why Don’t You Do Right, you get an even more prominent walking bass line than what you had in Angel Eyes.
To know all your chord shapes is now extremely important so the walking bass line can be improvised with chords added wherever you may be on the fret board.
17. I Wish
Originally in the key of Ebm, this song has been transposed up to Em in order to work better on just one acoustic guitar.
The bass line is very prominent in this song and must, therefore, be a big part of the one acoustic guitar arrangement.
Huge chords and odd time signatures dominate Tenderness, possibly the most difficult tune the master course has to offer.
The harmonic landscape is so huge in this relatively unknown Paul Simon tune it will take a while to get to grips with every section.