good up tempo songs for acoustic?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by Prinzen, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. Prinzen

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    Hey guys

    What songs would suggest I learn that are good on acoustic, and upbeat? Perhaps something with a solo or something extra involved rather than straightforward strumming.
     
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    haggardfan1 Friend of Leo's

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    What music genre??

    Offhand, I like to play Tennessee Flattop Box by Johnny Cash, and songs like it where you don't quite need a rhythm guitarist....
     
  3. Prinzen

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    Any genre , folk rock pop etc. Just anything that has some nice additions to it rather than plain DDUUDU strumming!!!
     
  4. Tatercaster

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    Jim Croce songs
     
  5. Greg.Coal

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    "The Good's a Gone" by the Who. "You Wanted More" by Tonic. "Man of Constant Sorrow" by Dan Tyminski. "U.S. Blues" by the Dead ...

    ... for starters
     
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    If you want to please an audience, don't worry about the strumming patterns, or relative lack thereof. Just go with faves.

    "Me & Julio" comes immediately to mind. So does "Sugar, Sugar" (bonus, you can learn the little steel drum-isms and incorporate those)
     
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    Carpenter....the sky's the limit. ;)
     
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    John Fogerty, John Mellencamp.
     
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    hang the pope. nice tune
     
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    Uncle John's band
     
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    La Bamba would be my favourite toe tapper, it works well on both acoustic and electric. The Los Lobos version from the film "La Bamba" would be challenging but suitable for acoustic.
     
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    Fleetwood Mac: "World Turning"

    Anything works on acoustic, do any tunes that you dig.
     
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    Some old ones:

    Friend of the Devil
    Tell Me Why
    Hey, Mister Spaceman
    White Freightliner
     
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    ^^^^ For that last one, WhiteFreightliner, look up Molly Tuttle doing it when she was 16. There's a challenge. :(
     
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    All for you.
     
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    May you never by John Martyn. Drop D tuning for the ending but otherwise relatively straightforward but with enough subtle fingering that will keep you on your toes and impress an audience. And even if they don't know the song, its catchy enough to keep them interested.
     
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    I'm partial to doing old fiddle tunes. In my band(s) I get to open each show with an instrumental and close each set with one... Some that come to mind which we do are:

    Billy in the Low Ground
    John Hardy
    Ol' Joe Clarke
    Sugarfoot Rag...etc..etc............JH in Va.
     
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