Need song suggestions for 2 acoustic guitars

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  1. Huey666

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    Hi everyone,

    my brother is coming over to visit for a few weeks - we live apart (me in UK, him in South America), but we both play some guitar and jam when we get together. Sometimes this descends into slightly drunken sing-songs at family parties!

    Anyway, while we can jam on blues riffs all day, I'm trying to put together a list of actual songs that will sound good on two guitars and need some suggestions. There are all the obvious party classics (American Pie and what have you), but I'm specifically looking for songs with two clearly separated guitar parts, like maybe a riff or a melody line over some chords or a song with a memorable bassline that can be played on guitar. Songs that you might struggle to play by yourself but would sound fun and natural with two people playing.

    I've started a list (below) from some bands we're both into but I feel like I'm probably missing some really obvious ones. If anyone can assist it would be much appreciated!

    Pixies - Here Comes Your Man, Where Is My Mind
    REM - Try Not To Breathe, Man on the Moon
    Radiohead - No Surprises
    Beatles - Norwegian Wood, Ballad of John and Yoko (for the bassline)
    CCR - Lodi, Looking Out My Back Door, Down on the Corner
    Prince - Raspberry Beret
    Bowie - Man Who Sold The World
    Stones - Satisfaction
    Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the Jar
    Smashing Pumpkins - Today
    Manic Street Preachers - Motorcycle Emptiness
    Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (for the bassline again)

    Any genre/era considered.

    Thanks a bunch!
     
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    I love, love, love this one.
    Starts about 38 seconds in.




    This one too
     
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    Aimee, Mellisa, and if you're feeling bold (and somewhat sober) sultans of swing.
     
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    Cal Me The Breeze by JJ Cale...you could spend a lot of time trading off licks in E.



    Lot's of Neil Young's songs are very jam oriented...Down By The River for example.
     
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    What you ask may not be easy if you see your brother infrequently. Most any song can work with two acoustic guitars if one player strums the rhythm part and the other plays finger style. I manage Aimee finger style on a Telecaster but I can see where someone strumming a good rhythm part would help, especially during the solo. Still Right Here in Your Heart and Two Lane Highway are two others like that. There are even more, like Take it Easy, You’re Gonna Miss Me, Ole ‘55, and Act Naturally. While songs like these can be done solo, a duo can really expand them, especially if vocal harmonies are combined with the second guitar.
     
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    Do you guys both sing?
     
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    Anji
     
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    I am fond of the three, two-guitar acoustic songs Bob Dylan did with Happy Traum that are included on Bob's Greatest Hits Volume II, specifically:

    "Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood)", "You Ain't Going Nowhere" and "I Shall Be Released"
     
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    Man after my own heart here! Could definitely do some QOTSA......maybe an acoustic No One Knows might work too.......


    My full band does both of these - great ones to jam out on, definitely!

    Yeah I know what you mean. It's always a pretty informal, casual thing we do, however my main problem as a guitarist playing socially is being able to think of good songs to play when I'm put on the spot (even though I can play loads of stuff to a high standard - it all just goes out of my head whenever someone asks me to play! Anyone else have this problem?). So that's why I'm trying to get ideas for fairly simple tunes that are easy to learn but nonetheless have two clear parts - Whiskey in the Jar would be a good example I guess - you couldn't sing it and just play the riff, but equally the chords need something on top of them to work.

    yes we do so vox are no problem
     
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    that sounds awesome but could be tricky after a few!
     
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    Stones are always good for dual guitar...even acoustic:
    Wild Horses
    No Expectations
    Honky Tonk Woman/Country Honk
    and dozens of others...

    Beatles
    Two of Us
    I've Just Seen a Face
     
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    Got a 12-string and a capo?? You can do a pretty good Losing My Religion with the 12-string emulating the mandolin part (capo on V).

    And then you can move the capo to VII for Here Comes The Sun.
     
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    This:

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    Encore!
     
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    Here’s a few I like to do with 2 singers:
    Drift Away - Dobe Gray
    All for you - Sister Hazel
    Eleanor Rigby
    My Maria - BW Stevenson
    Streets of Bakersfield - Dwight/Buck
     
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    Bluegrass songs are made to wear yourself out on...the good 'uns have strong melodies that invite harmony too.

     
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    John Renbourn has recorded with Bert Jansch and later with Stefan Grossman.

    If you've got Spotify or Google Play, look him up.

    Also have a listen to Dylan's New Morning. You'll hear David Bromberg on acoustic guitar.
     
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    There's 3 on this, but two will do just fine:

     
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    What the hell, get drunk and play some Indigo Girls.

     
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    Bob Seger "Against the Wind"

    Simple arrangement, sounds really good as a duo, and is very familiar to people. A classic winner.
     
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