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Top 20 Acoustic Guitar Songs to Practice

To all young guitarist!

When I began my search for the best / great acoustic guitar songs ever produced I began to dream of a time when I was a voracious young guitarists trying to digest everything the radio could spew.

Since I started playing guitar a few years ago, countless acoustic guitar songs have been produced that are perfect for beginners to experience the range of sound that can be produced by the acoustic guitar.

Now I am a little biased and my choices below reflect that. I went for what sounds good (to my ear and taste) played on the acoustic guitar; I also looked at songs that would be a slight (in some cases hard) challenge to beginners but songs that would add value to their repertoire; in fact the following songs if played well would add value to any guitarist's repertoire.

The following list is by no means exhaustive; it is purely my personal search through the internet to re-acquaint myself with what has been produced since the 1960s and really, to get back into one of my very first loves - of playing in a rock band.

First Ten Classics

1. Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

I thought I would start with one of the evergreen masters of acoustic / electric guitar. It has some nice touches in it that will make you sound good.

2. Drive - Incubus

Nice driving rhythm acoustic guitar song that is great to play at parties.

3. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz

When I first heard this song over in Honolulu it took me by surprise; a great song for those beach parties.

4. Californication - Red Hot Chilli Peppers

A nice classic introduction worth learning.

5. Bubbly - Colbie Caillat

OK, I have to admit this song grow on me; nice easy song for acoustic guitar.

6. Classical Gas - Mason Williams

A little harder to master but once you do wont be able to put it down.

7. Knocking on heaven's door - Bob Dylan

A great Dylan classic that is easy to play and would be great at parties.

8. Wanted (Dead or Alive) - Bon Jovi

A real classic, could not go past it. Nice distinct intro known widely - this will put you on the map; not too difficult to play.

9. Blackbird - The Beatles

This is not a song I would normally go for, but I think it is worth trying as it will extend your skill.

10.Come on get higher

A nice easy-going sing-along song that will wrap this first list of ten up.

Second Ten Classics

11. Every breath I take - Police / Puff daddy

A classic from the eighties

12. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Was the measure of a guitarist in the seventies

13. Hotel California - The Eagles

This will stretch you; worth the time it will take for you to master.

14. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyeard Skynyeard

A widely recognized song throughout the world

15. Layla Uplugged - Clapton

This one you will enjoy, nice change in style

16. Wish you were here - Pink Floyd

Classic Pink Floyd easy to play

17. Nothing else matters - Metallica

Classic Metallica - great sound

18. More than words - Extreme

This is a great song to extend your collection of chords

19. Wonderwall - Oasis

Another distinctive classic beginning riff

20. If - Bread

This is an oldie with a lot of interesting chords and changes for you to master and put together.