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(@jasoncolucci)
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I'm looking for some acoustic songs moderate in difficulty (even if they just sound good on the acoustic and aren't /necessarily/ electric that's cool.) I'm kind of stumped, I find most songs for the acoustic are either pretty easy or unappealing, but I'm sure I just haven't looked for the right ones. Thanks. Musically genre...not that important, just toss some ideas out there. They can be flat picked or finger picked.

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(@nicktorres)
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I just put autumn leaves in the Easy Song Database, it's kinda intermediate.


   
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gordon lightfoot, the byrds (specificly chestnut mare/balad of the easy rider), america

personaly these are a few of my favorite acoustic artists. I HIGHLY recommend them. :D

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A really fun one to play is Roundabout by Yes. PTab had a great version of it. I have a copy....... :wink: :wink: :wink:


   
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Another thing to do (and it works for acoustic and electric guitars) is to take some of the songs you already know and come up with "intermediate" arrangements for them. Instead of thinking of a song as "easy" or "unappealling," think of them as "basic arrangements," "intermediate arrangements" and then as your own personal arrangement.

With a little luck, I'll have a demonstration on this within the next week or so on the Songs for Intermediates lesson page with, of all things, Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time.

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Ooooh David, have I got a site for you....

http://www.evacassidy.dk/album.php?EE


   
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(@nicktorres)
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Jason,

I'm looking at other genres now when I want something more difficult. Old Robert Johnson blues, dead thumb etc.

But harder acoustic songs, maybe "In the beginning" moody blues, classical gas Mason Williams or anything off of the Kottke armadillo album.

My favorite piece is Mood for a Day by steve howe from fragile.


   
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(@jimiraysantana)
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Jason,

Here's a few I've been trying lately

Thick as a brick- Jethro Tull
Horizons-Genesis
Prelude 1 in C major-JS Bach

Some alternate tunings
Going to California-Zeppelin
The Rain song-Zeppelin
Never Going back again-Fleetwood Mack

There are good power tabs for all of them

Dave


   
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Anything by Dave Matthews...

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(@jasoncolucci)
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Thanks alot guys. This advice ought to keep me busy for a while. :D

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If you are interested in Robert Johnson, keep an eye on PBS for a repeat of Eric Clapton's tribute.
It's very good (excluding, IMHO, the first two songs played by a Jazz band).

For cool intermediate songs, you might try these:

Come To My Window by Melissa Etheridge has several interesting rhythm patterns
Band on the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings has some great leads and a cool acoustic part
Californication and Under the Bridge by the Red Hot Chili Peppers are awesome songs
Drive by Incubus has interesting rhythms and fairly unusual lyrics
Plush by Stone Temple Pilots has an interesting beginning
Cheap Trick songs are fun and simple for acoustic, with very interesting lead guitar fills
Peace Of Mind by Boston has interesting acoustic chord progressions with strong leads

I'm currently working on the second solo for Peace of Mind to get it "spot on" as they say.

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dont forget the ragtime blues, rick payne,s fingerstyle courses are really great for this, on cd rom so nice to keep when you might forget things like me! [but you have to buy em.....lol] worth every penny though! he advertised on guitarnoise somewhere.

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Yellow Ledbetter, by Pearl Jam. Sounds great acoustic.
It Dosen't Matter Anymore-Eva Cassidy
Sweet Melissa-The Allman Brothers

Just a few!

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