Advanced Acoustic Songs

Acoustic songs with extended chords, modes and arpeggios

Chords, strumming and fingerstyle

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Sixteen advanced acoustic guitar songs

Preview the 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 everything single note played in the video lessons 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, even how to improvise.

Below you find a link to preview every acoustic song available in the course.


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 video lessons: Angels chords.

Baby Won’t You Please Come Home

Baby Won't You please Come Home‘Baby 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 video lessons: Baby Won’t You Please Come Home chords.


BlackbirdInspired by Bachs’ 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 nicely.

Go to video lessons: Blackbird chords.


CannonballThe original recording of ‘Cannonball’ contains up to 6 guitars playing different lines.

Our one guitar arrangement is a combination of these parts. You will need a capo to get it in the right key.

Go to video lessons: Cannonball chords.

Close To You

Close To YouCarpenters ‘Close To You’ was written by Burt Bacharach so we are in for some clever chordal movement here.

Starting off with an Asus2 chord, Bacharach cleverly disguises where the tonal centre is since a sus2 chord could be pretty much any of the chords from the key.

Go to video lessons: Close To You chords.

Creepin’ In

Creepin InThis fast-paced country song is played using pull off’s and hammer on’s from the Minor Pentatonic and Mixolydian scale.

There’s complete TAB (including the pretty scary sounding solo) available when you take the full course.

Go to video lessons: Creepin’ In chords.

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.

Go to video lessons: Don’t Wait Too Long chords.

I Shot The Sheriff

I Shot The SheriffSpy Tunes one guitar arrangement of ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ is inspired by the original Bob Marley recording but also by Eric Clapton‘s version.

The verse chord progression is simple and very Aeolian using the IVmaj7 and the IIIm7 to point back to VI.

Go to video lessons: I Shot The Sheriff chords.

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 video lessons: Over The Rainbow chords.


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.

Go to video lessons: Roxanne chords.

Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair‘Scarborough Fair’ take 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.

Go to video lessons: Scarborough Fair chords.

Sunshine Of Your Love

Sunshine Of Your LoveThis 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, the I chord has sometimes been extended to a dom7#9.

Go to video lessons: Sunshine Of Your Love chords.

Take Me To The River

Take Me To The RiverThis song has been recorded in two keys, with two different singers.

In the first version, we take advantage of the low open strings the key of E gives us. This is the original key Al Green sang in.

In the second key of G, which suits a female voice better, the chords offer different advantages.

Go to video lessons: Take Me To The River chords.

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.

Go to video lessons: Tears In Heaven chords.

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were HereThe 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.

Go to video lessons: Wish You Were Here chords.

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