Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs

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You can learn guitar by studying these intermediate acoustic songs in-depth!

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, playing these songs on one acoustic guitar is just the beginning. By studying these intermediate acoustic songs in-depth, you will learn from them and in doing so, unlock the guitar fretboard.

They will reveal how CAGED barre chords are built, developed into scales, and actually used in an arrangement.

To achieve this, I’ll first show you how to play the 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 play 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 songs, 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 by playing and deeply studying songs.

Below, there are links to every intermediate acoustic song. You’ll find a full performance on one guitar and most of the time, a 2nd guitar part as well.

Chords and lyrics are available for all of them so you can start playing and learning today.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

G | G | Am | Em |
I was born by the river, in a little tent, oh and just like that river I’ve been running ever since.
G | Am C B7 | Em | G |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come chords.

American Pie – Don McLean

| G D/F# Em | Am C | Em D Dsus4 | 2/4 Dsus2 D |
A long long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.
G D/F# Em | Am C | Em C | D Dsus4 D Dsus2 |
And I knew if I had my chance, that I could make those people dance, and maybe they’d be happy for a while.

Go to American Pie chords.

Angie – The Rolling Stones

Am Amadd4 | E7 |
Angie, Angie,
Gsus4 Fsus4 F | Csus4 C G/B |
when will those clouds all disappear?

Go to Angie chords.

Babylon – David Gray

| Dmaj9/F# | G | Dmaj9/F# | G |
Friday night I’m going nowhere, all the lights are changing green to red.
| Dmaj9/F# | G | Dmaj9/F# | G |
Turning over TV stations, situations running through my head.

Go to Babylon chords.

Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan

G C G/B | D/A D G | G C G/B | G |
How many years can a mountain exist, before it’s washed to the sea?
G C G/B | D/A D G | G C G/B | D D/A D D/A |
Yes, and how many years can some people exist, before they’re allowed to be free?

Go to Blowin’ In The Wind chords.

Dreadlock Holiday – 10cc

Gm (Dm) | Cm (Dm) | Gm (Dm) | Cm (Dm) |
I was walking down the street, concentrating on truckin’ right.
Gm (Dm) | Cm (Dm) | Gm (Dm) | Cm (Dm) |
I heard a dark voice beside of me, and I looked round in a state of fright.

Go to Dreadlock Holiday chords.

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 |
You got a fast car, I want a ticket to anywhere.
Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 |
Maybe we make a deal, maybe together we can get somewhere.

Go to Fast Car chords.

Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s

D5 | F#m |
Hey there Delilah what’s it like in New York City?
D5 | F#m | Bm Bm/A |
I’m a thousand miles away, but girl tonight you look so pretty, yes you do.

Go to Hey There Delilah chords.

I Can’t Stand The Rain – Ann Peebles

A7 | A7 | A7 | A7 |
I can’t stand the rain, against my window, bringing back sweet memories.
A6 | A6 | D6 | A6 |
Hey window pane, do you remember, how sweet it used to be.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain chords.

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

B |
Well you done, done me and you bet I felt it,
F# |
I tried to be chill but you’re so hot that I melted.

Go to I’m Yours chords.

Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer

C | Cmaj7 | C7 | Cmaj7 |
Kiss me, out of the bearded barley, nightly, beside the green, green grass.
C | Cmaj7 | C7 | F/C |
Swing, swing. Swing the spinning step, you’ll wear those shoes and I will wear that dress.

Go to Kiss Me chords.

Mad World – Gary Jules (Tears For Fears)

Em | G | Dsus2 | A |
All around me are familiar faces, worn out places, worn out faces.
Em | G | Dsus2 | A |
Bright and early for their daily races, going nowhere, going nowhere.

Go to Mad World chords.

Red – Daniel Merriweather

Asus2 | Asus2 | E Eadd9 | E |
And I’m alright, standing in the streetlights here.
Asus2 | Asus2 | E Eadd9 | E |
Is this meant for me, my time on the outside is over.

Go to Red chords.

Starman – David Bowie

Gm | Gm |
Didn’t know what time it was and the lights were low,
F | F | C | C7 | F Ab Bb |
I leaned back on my radio, some cat was layin’ down some rock ‘n’ roll, ‘lotta soul he said.

Go to Starman chords.

Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks

Am | G | C | G |
The tax man’s taken all my dough, and left me in my stately home,
E E/D | E7/C E7/B |
lazing on a sunny afternoon.

Go to Sunny Afternoon chords.

Whistle For The Choir – The Fratellis

E | E |
Well, it’s a big, big city and it’s always the same.
| G#m | G#m Gm |
Can never be too pretty, tell me your name.

Go to Whistle For The Choir chords.