Hey what acoustic song should I learn?

Discussion in 'Music genres, Bands and Artists' started by Tokegreensmoke, May 14, 2010.

  1. I'm stuck playing the same old shit over and over again. I want some pretty stuff. Sad or happy. Help me out?
  2. Cmon guys please? I need some nice songs for acoustic guitar. What do you guys listen to?
  3. What style do you play usually? [ex: finger style]

    What are some of your favorite songs that you have learned?

    Just trying to get an idea of where you skill level is and what kind of music you enjoy learning.
  4. there's so much stuff you can play. Whilst I work a list out in my head first, here's a recommendation, play "Creed - One Last Breath"
    A friend of mine, a big time evangelizer who I didn't quite agree with, would sometimes play that song, though and it was amazing. He was a really tall dude with a heavy voice and it sounded sincere and beautiful when he played it.

    I then proceeded to learn how to play it on piano (because I can't play guitar), and it sounded really good, there, too! aha, and, thereafter, I can whistle it :eek:
  5. #5 douchebag5000, May 14, 2010
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    also Jimmy Page (of Led Zeppelin) Black Mountain Side/White Summer. I don't think there's any sheet music out there for that, but it's such an amazing, angsty yet euphoric and joyous song. Victor Wooten did a cover of The Beatles - Norwegian Wood. Although Wooten is a bassist, he was doing some serious musical work on this number, as if he were playing an organ or a harp. It was so dope. Also, Dave Navarro's guitar work, from the intro to Ocean Size (with Jane's Addiction) to the intro to Aeroplane (with The Red Hot Chili Peppers)... those small bits of guitar are so awesome and transcendent. I'm trying to think of songs that have a lot of good picking and strumming action... hmmm (aha, yeah, "Jane Says" and then there's this improvised song by Jane's Addiction featuring Perry singing and Dave strumming called "The City" that appears on Soul Kiss, a home-video made by Jane's Addiction... I can send you a copy of some of these songs if you'd like, cause they're fucking amazing)

    It's really weird cause last night I had the most amazing dream of guitar players playing these amazing tunes on guitar, I was watching them ride the neck up and down, and hearing the variations of note and the guitar techniques and melodies and it was out of this world...

    also, the Foo Fighters most recent album (if I recall), In Your Honor, the second disc is mostly acoustic stuff, with Dave Grohl strumming and singing, I always thought it was kind of interesting, semi romantic and brooding, in original Foo Fighters style (as I feel they've kind of, lost some of their... sway in recent days)
    which gets me to thinking, oh yes, Nirvana! thinking of their mtv unplugged performance which has some good acoustic work by Kurt Cobain, or, a live performance of Jesus Don't Want me for a sunbeam (a cover by the scottish band the vaselines who he says at the beginning of the performance, are very punk rock) on halloween, 1991 in seattle... wow.

    or Thugz Mansion (acoustic reworking) with 2pac and Nas (released and reworked posthumously obviously) kind of a nice tune if you can just strum simply on your acoustic and sing with your friends about... chilling or something and how much life otherwise is difficult

    "You ain't the first" from GNR's Use your illusion I, is a good acoustic tune

    Creedence Clearwater Revival's
    "Cotton Fields"
    pretty simple acoustic too

    there's so many, i can't think of right now but it's worth archiving!
  6. Learn some chords and make your own song. Get high first also.
  7. #7 Royksopp, May 14, 2010
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    Knockin' on heavens door.


    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1VElKCRtpA"]YouTube- Cycling Trivialities[/ame]
  8. eureka. That was absolutely one song I had in mind but couldn't remember. :hello: So many other songs :( sigh

    Yes, the Bob Dylan original.
    And maybe some of you out there don't like Guns N' Roses, but um,
    "Don't Cry" also has some good acoustic vibes. I just like that song for personal reasons

  9. I'd like to say I'm an intermidiate, I recently learned Good Riddance by Green Day, Burn One Down by Ben Harper, and I play any style, I do some finger picking and other styles. I like to be diverse. I'm looking for some pretty songs, like that guy said Knockin on Heavens Door. That help at all?
  10. Led Zeppelin - Friends
    Bruce Springsteen - Mansion on the hill
    bruce springsteen - nebraska
    (haha do those have significant acoustic parts? i know there's harmonica, lol, sorry my soundcard's broken and my memory don't serve, whatever the case, bruce has got some great acoustic)

    Kenny Rogers - the gambler
    The Doors - The End
    The Doors - L.A. Woman*
    *this reminds me, there are so many songs out there, studio arranged songs, with like, 3 acoustic guitar arrangements layered on each other, I just can't think of them on the top of my head... but with acoustic arrangements, that, in themselves, are nonetheless, individually, interesting!

    i'm googling best acoustic guitarists and kickin' myself cause my soundcard's broken
    but i'm trying to think of well known songs, anyway
    acoustic arrangements, i think, are valuable, not just in pure musicality, but how the wide-octave to octave sweeping melodies or picking or strumming rhythms resonate or occupy cultural/experiential space in our minds
    and I'm trying to pry that mind
  11. I'm looking for stuff more like this

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnrKRnx3ylQ]YouTube - Blue Rodeo - Five Days In May[/ame]
  12. Alright, yeah that helps.

    Some finger style songs...

    Boy With A Coin tab (ver 4) by Iron And Wine @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vlPDOX7i5I]YouTube - Boy with a Coin By Iron and Wine[/ame]

    Street Spirit tab by Radiohead @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrZTNhW44-o]YouTube - radiohead street spirit[/ame]

    Little Yellow Spider tab (ver 3) by Devendra Banhart @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlJGgbMKTzQ]YouTube - Devendra Banhart - Little yellow spider[/ame]

    Its A Sight To Behold tab by Devendra Banhart @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcUWwR1FPo8]YouTube - Devendra Banhart - A Sight To Behold[/ame]

    Now some general chord progression type songs...

    Saint Joe On The School Bus tab by Marcy Playground @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPWZZ4QaSQ0]YouTube - Marcy Playground - Saint Joe On The School Bus[/ame]

    Karma Police Chords (ver 2) by Radiohead @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSKmYC0mHXI]YouTube - Radiohead - Karma Police[/ame]

    Blister In The Sun Chords by Violent Femmes @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aljlKYesT4]YouTube - Violent Femmes | Blister in the Sun[/ame]

    A Well Respected Man Chords by Kinks @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSeS98Hcrj4]YouTube - The Kinks - Well Respected Man[/ame]

    Death To Birth Chords by Pagoda @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l78RDT-p24I]YouTube - Pagoda - Death to Birth[/ame]

    Korean Dogwood Chords by Devendra Banhart @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6IkfMlU2XQ]YouTube - Korean Dogwood. Devendra Banhart.[/ame]

    Some flat / hybrid picking type stuff...

    Mouthful Of Cavities tab by Blind Melon @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WMY-n9MF6o]YouTube - Blind Melon -Mouthful of Cavities[/ame]

    Lazy Eye tab (ver 3) by Silversun Pickups @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEgM3aJQBLc]YouTube - Silversun Pickups- Lazy Eye(Good Quality)[/ame]

    Hey Joe tab (ver 8) by Jimi Hendrix @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mBjG9chIFw]YouTube - Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe[/ame]

    If any of these strike your fancy than let me know.
    If you hate them all then say so too and I will find different ones.
    Just trying to get an idea of the direction are wanting to go without giving you the songs that everyone else plays.
  13. There are a couple in there that I like. But I'm looking for more emotional stuff. I really like Korean dogwood
  14. Ani Di Franco, on her Revelling- Reckoning two disc set, has a few short instrumentals. Hmmm, they're kind of thoughtful and very minimalistic.
  15. #15 Mrd00d, May 14, 2010
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bEiGC8mm_Q&feature=PlayList&p=493B77A3974286D3&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=4]YouTube - Buckethead - For Mom (Acoustic) with tabs![/ame]

    ^^ This is the one you want me thinks, but acoosticK bucKetHead is the shit so check the other videos too mang...

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVSWxlixmpY]YouTube - Young Buckethead - Acoustic Shards - Who Me (1991)[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-M-MsIR6EI&feature=PlayList&p=493B77A3974286D3&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=8]YouTube - Spirals by Buckethead[/ame] :p

    Apparently this whole acoustic album was done freestyle, impromptu, on the spot so to speak. Thats even more badass...
  16. just learned Hey Joe it's actually pretty fun to sing and play on acoustic
  17. no big sur moon?

    Big Sur Moon- Buckethead is probably the craziest acoustic song i know
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AmNo02gcCM"]YouTube- Buckethead GR2 Big Sur Moon acoustic[/ame]

    Amie- Pure Prairie league

    Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
  18. ah okay. In that case I will try and find some more for you later.
    Do you sing as well?
  19. [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gniOxLnldg]YouTube - The Kooks - Ooh La (acoustic) Live @ NRK Lydverket[/ame]
  20. Hey joe is a good one

    Any and all dylan

    Here's some more folksy traditional stuff - Man of Constant Sorrow (which dylan did cover), shady grove, long black veil, drifting too far from the shore. amazing grace

    can't go wrong with any jim croce or cat stevens

    how about some james taylor? Fire and rain

    Angel by Hendrix

    just some off the top of my head

    Amazing Grace is a good one b/c its a versatile song that can be changed to whatever style you need it to be....just like plenty others

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