Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs

Learn songs by Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan, David Gray, The Rolling Stones, and more!

The intermediate acoustic songs can not be played using just basic open position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We also incorporate bass lines, pentatonic licks, extend chords, and even play vocal melodies.

However, to play these songs on one acoustic guitar is just the beginning.

Take the intermediate acoustic guitar course and you will learn from them and in doing so, unlock the guitar fretboard.

Not only will the course reveal how CAGED barre chords are built, developed into scales, and actually used in an arrangement, you’ll also learn how to write your own guitar parts.

To achieve this, I’ll first show you how to play a one acoustic guitar arrangement. Following this, we build a 2nd guitar part so you can play the song with me and the singer, like a band.

This is essential and key to progressing from playing on your own, to playing with other people.

By studying each song in this much depth, you’ll learn how music actually works as you’ll see how chord progressions can be seen as Roman numerals. This is the kind of information you must experience through playing, just reading about it isn’t enough. 

Learning guitar is a practical journey, not an academic one. You must learn about music theory and the guitar fretboard through playing and deeply studying songs.

Below, you find a link to every acoustic song available in the course. You’ll find a full performance of each song on one guitar and most of the time, a 2nd guitar part as well.

As well as this, you get all the chords, guitar lesson previews, lyrics, and artist/band biographies.


Angie’s chord progression constantly strives to go back to Am, which is chord VI. This makes the song in the key of Am.

All chords are very common, open position chords. What’s difficult is the enormous amount of variation we find in the guitar part.

Go to Angie chords.


Babylon has a tricky maj7 chord lick for the verse. In the course, we break it down into its smallest components, before building it up with many variations.

The chorus has a repetitive progression that is only varied at the end of each line. Progression tricks like this are very common in songs that become hits.

Go to Babylon chords.

Blowin’ In The Wind

Only using the chords I, IV, and V, Blowin’ In The Wind keeps up the interest by adding bass lines and a mystery half-time bar.

This was Bob Dylan’s first hit, half a century later, he regularly plays this classic at gigs.

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind chords.

Fast Car

Tracy Chapman’s epic tale Fast Car can be played on just one acoustic guitar, although we do miss the band.

By removing the capo and creating a 2nd guitar, we can build a nice arrangement that if you learn it, we can play this song together.

Go to Fast Car chords.

Hey There Delilah

Being in the key of D and using a clever bass line, Hey There Delilah manages to take an extremely common chord progression and make it feel fresh.

Executed with a perfect balance between “heard it before” and “sounds new”, this song became a worldwide hit after being marketed over two albums.

Go to Hey There Delilah chords.

Kiss Me

Kiss Me uses a static chord for the verse, changing the extension from major to maj7, to dom7, and then back to maj7 again.

The chorus uses a standard progression although we start it from a slightly unusual point.

Go to Kiss Me chords.

Mad World

Mad World is a piano ballad in Dorian that in this arrangement has been adopted to just one acoustic guitar.

All chords are from the key of D major, however, D is not the home chord, Em is. This is why it’s “in Dorian” where we call chord II home.

Go to Mad World chords.

Whistle For The Choir

This song only has four chords, so very simple. The instrumental section simply modulates down a tone to create some variation.

We recorded Whistle For The Choir in two keys for two different singers, try both and consider how each key suits the song.

Go to Whistle For The Choir chords.