Beginner Acoustic Guitar Songs

Learn songs by Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan, Green Day, Bob Marley, Oasis, Bill Withers, and more!

Some of these songs are unique arrangements, some are exact, note for note replicas.

In order to work on just one acoustic guitar, most of them are somewhere in between, like Wonderwall by Oasis, for example.

In the beginner acoustic guitar course, you’ll learn how to play all these songs using step by step guitar lessons, complete with video lesson, full TAB, and loops to practice with.

We discuss important chord progressions, key signatures, and specific techniques like Hammer-On and Pull-Off.

Most importantly, we develop each song by creating 2nd guitar parts. This will enable you to actually play with me and the singer.

Do this and you will more deeply understand each song as you must now change the key, apply a capo, and create new guitar parts.

Not only will learning the songs like this help you with switching from one open position chord to another and improve your rhythm playing, this process also holds the key to unlocking how music actually works.

To understand how music works theoretically, you can’t just read a music theory book, practice chords, arpeggios, and scales, you must also have context.

What this collection of songs will do is teach you how to arrange a song to play on your own, as well as how to create a supporting part. As you learn to play them, we also discuss the music theory of each song.

Perhaps most importantly, by studying the movement of a chord progression you can start your journey of understanding music. Understanding music is essential if you want to learn guitar.

Below, you find a link to every acoustic song available in the beginner course. There are full performances of every song, including that 2nd guitar.

You also get all the chords, a guitar lesson preview from the course, lyrics, and artist/band biographies.

Ain’t No Sunshine

Bill Withers first hit has been covered by so many artists that it has become a modern classic.

This is the only song played finger-picked and is taught as the final song when you take the beginner guitar course.

Go to Ain’t No Sunshine chords.

Drugs Don’t Work

The Drugs Don’t Work is a seemingly easy song to play for a beginner, having simple chords with just a few extensions here and there.

Using only simple open position chords, it is only the F chord that may present a problem, or is it?

Go to The Drugs Don’t Work chords.

One More Cup Of Coffee

One of my personal favorites is One More Cup Of Coffee by Bob Dylan. This is a “four-chord song” having only Am, G, F, and E.

To make such simple chords sound interesting, Bob turns them around for the chorus and puts the rest down to performance and lyrics.

Go to One More Cup Of Coffee chords.

Redemption Song

Bob Marley’s classic Redemption Song is many budding guitar players’ first attempt at playing a full song.

With a simple arrangement, powerful lyrical message, and open position chords, surely this is the ultimate campfire song.

Go to Redemption Song chords.


A new emerging artist we find among the classics. Paolo Nutini has been included among the legends as a great new artist who writes songs that sound like classics.

Rewind is a single off his first album which laid the foundation for his career.

Go to Rewind chords.

Robin Hood

Ocean Colour Scene is a British cult band that has survived through touring and keeping a great connection with their fans.

Robin Hood is one of their songs the fans love and always want at gigs even though it was never an official single.

Go to Robin Hood chords.

Talking About A Revolution

The easiest of the beginner songs have a meditative strumming pattern that anyone can learn. The simplicity of the part is one of the song’s main strengths.

Being about a revolution, the guitar parts’ no-frills approach makes it sound as if it was made to be sung on a street corner, where all revolutions start.

Go to Talking About A Revolution chords.

Time Of Your Life

Green Day’s acoustic punk-pop classic Time Of Your Life is played using a (very) fast, picking and strumming pattern.

This will not be the easiest of songs to learn, in the guitar course we play quite a few songs and exercises before we get our teeth into this one.

Go to Time Of Your Life chords.


Oasis’ biggest hit may have been sung in pubs around the world more than any other song since its release.

A must for any aspiring guitarist and songwriter, Wonderwall is great fun to learn. What you can learn from it is even greater.

Go to Wonderwall chords.