Advanced Acoustic Songs

Acoustic songs with extended chords, modes and arpeggios

Chords, strumming and fingerstyle

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13 advanced acoustic guitar songs


Acoustic Songs from the Advanced Course

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 single note played in the videos above but that’s just the beginning. Alongside learning the songs you will also be learning all about modes, arpeggios, and chord extensions.

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 course.


1. Wish You Were Here

The Stadium meets campfire trick that Wish You Were Here pull off have been attempted by so many bands since. It’s actually difficult to think of one that doesn’t sound a bit like “the original”.

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.

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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!

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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?

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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 band jamming.

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

Go to I Shot The Sheriff chords and guitar lessons.


5. Cannonball

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.

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6. Angels

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

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

Go to Angels chords.


7. Scarborough Fair

Scarborough FairScarborough Fair takes full advantage of the II chord by using the extensions sus2, 6 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.

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8. Over The Rainbow

Over The RainbowWith 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.

Go to Over The Rainbow chords.


9. Roxanne

RoxanneRoxanne’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.

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10. Blackbird

BlackbirdInspired by Bach’s Bouree in E minor, Paul McCartney created a modern masterpiece that all other acoustic 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.

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11. Tears In Heaven

Tears In HeavenMost people recognize Clapton’s live version of the legendary live Unplugged Album, rather than the official album version. Our version is based on the live recording.

Tears In Heaven has a genius chord progression that uses small variations and slash chords to keep the harmonic interest on top.

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12. Don’t Wait Too Long

Don't Wait too LongUsing chord progressions like I – VI – II – V with some interesting extensions and slash chords, 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.

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13. Baby Won’t You Please Come Home

Baby Won't You please Come HomeBaby 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.

Go to Baby Won’t You Please Come Home chords.


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