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On The Acoustic

Welcome to this 60s rock and roll page on the acoustic section. This is just one of several sections on 60s tunes you can learn on the acoustic guitar. Help your self to the free demos, chord sheets and tips. This page will be completed shortly.

60s rock and rol
Artists on this page:
The Buckinghams - The Byrds
The Dave Clark 5
The Easybeats
The Flying Machine
The Foundations
The Left Banke - The Lettermen
The Marmalade - The Monkees
The Outsiders
The Rooftop Singers
The Steam Machine
The Walker Brothers

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60s Rock And Roll
Chords, Lyrics, Demos, Tutorials

1. A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You - The Monkees

a little bit me  little bit you guitar lesson

A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You was written by Neil Diamond and was recorded by The Monkees way back in 1967 and was the first single where Davy Jones sang lead. 

The song reached #1 on the US Cash Box chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song can be found on the "I'm A Believer" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down -- up up up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = A, D, G, D/Gb, Em
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2. Because - Dave Clark 5

because guitar lesson

Because is a track from the 1964 album "American Tour". The song was a B-side in the UK release but an A-side in the US.

The song peaked at #3 in the US, Canada and New Zealand. Julian Lennon covered the song in 1855.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, G/D#, G/E, G7, Am, C, D, Daug, Cm, E7
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3. Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations

build me up buttercup guitar lesson

Build Me Up Buttercup featured the bands new lead singer Colin Young and with it, their first big hit with this song. The song reached #3 in the US and # 2 in the UK.

The track is from the album of the same name which was released back in 1968.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down up stop up and repeat
  • Picking: No but a few riffs in the rhythm
  • Chords: C, E, F, G, C7, Fm, A#, Dm, Em, A7, D7
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4. Chimes Of Freedom - The Byrds

chimes of freedom guitar lesson

Chimes Of Freedom was written and recorded by Bob Dylan in 1964. The Byrds released their cover version a year later from their "Mr Tambourine Man" album.

During this recording session, and this being the last track for the album, David Crosby refused to sing with no explanation. After producer Jim Dickson put Crosby on the floor and with some very stern words that followed, Crosby relented and sang his harmony part on the track. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, C, Em, D, Am
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5. Daydream Believer - The Monkees

daydream believer guitar lesson

Daydream Believer was written by a member of The Kingston Trio and the song got plenty of airplay in 1967 when The Monkee's released their version.

With Davy Jones singing lead the song went to #1 in the US and #5 in the UK. This was The Monkee's last #1 hit in the US.

John Stewart did record a version in 1971 and Anne Murray had a #3 hit on the US Country chart in 1979 with her cover. The song can be found on their "The Birds, The Bees, And The Monkee's" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = mainly downstrokes in the beginning ... then a steady down up down up and repeat and some shuffle drum roll rhythm
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, C, Am7, G6, Em, D, D7, Bm, A7
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6. Don't You Care - The Buckinghams

dont you care guitar lesson

Don't You Care reached #1 in the Philippines, #4 in Canada and #6 in the US in 1967.

The track can be found on their "Time & Charges" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No - a few riffs
  • Chords: Emaj7, Gbm, G, Dmaj7, Ab, A, Am, Abm , Gbm/F, Gbm/E, B7, E, E/C, Aaug, D, Dm, D/A
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7. Friday On My Mind - The Easybeats

friday on my mind guitar lesson

Friday On My Mind come from the down under group The Easybeats and hit the airwaves in 1966. This song was a popular worldwide hit.

The track is from the album "Good Friday".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up 
  • Picking: a few quick riffs
  • Chords: Dm, G, C, F, A7, G7, Cm, A#, D, E, A, E7, Am, D7, Bm
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8. Go All The Way - The Raspberries

Go All The Way ... info soon

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9. Hickory Wind - The Byrds

hickory wind guitar lesson

Hickory Wind was written by Gram Parsons and Bob Buchanan while riding the train from Florida to Los Angeles in 1968. Parsons was a member of The Byrds and Buchanan was a member of a previous band with Parsons, so they were good buddies.

In Mar of 1968 Parsons appeared on the Grand Ole Opry as a guest on the basis that he sing a Merle Haggard song. But Parsons pulled a fast one and sang this song instead. And it became his signature song away from The Byrds band.

This one can be found on The Byrds 1968 album "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" but was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, D, C
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10. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better - The Byrds

ill feel a whole lot better guitar lesson

I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better was written by Gene Clark, who was a founding member of the LA based band The Byrds. It was recorded for their debut 1965 album "Mr Tambourine Man".

The song was a B-side to Bob Dylans All I  Really Want To Do which reached #40 on Billboard with I'll Feel A Whole lot Better reaching #103.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = arpeggio
  • Picking = No
  • Chords =  C, G6, Am, Am/G, Am/Gb, Am/F, D/Gb
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11. I'm A Believer - The Monkees

im a believer guitar lesson

I'm A Believer was another Neil Diamond creation which The Monkees recorded in 1966 with drummer Mickey Dolenz singing the lead. The song topped the US Billboard Chart in Dec of 1966 and was the biggest selling single of that year. It also hit #1 in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Less that 40 singles have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and this song was in that category. 

Neil Diamond did record the song as did The Fifth Estate.  The song is on the "More Of The Monkees" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down up down up with a riffs
  • Picking = Yes and a few riffs
  • Chords = D7, G, D, C, G/F, F
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12. Last Train To Clarksville - The Monkees

last train to clarksville guitar lesson

Last Train To Clarksville appeared the mostly during the TV Series of The Monkees and for good reason. It reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart in Nov 1966.

The song was written by the duo Boyce & Hart and was sung by drummer Mickey Dolenz. You'll find it on their debut album "The Monkees".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat with a built in riff
  • Picking = just a few riffs in the rhythm
  • Chords = G, D7, C7, F
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13. Let The Feeling Begin - The Steam Machine

Let The Feeling Begin guitar lesson

Let The Feeling Begin is a song by The Steam Machine but it's difficult to find any info on this song. 

I'm not sure but this may be a song from 1971 and the band may be based out of Germany. I'll leave it here for the time being.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret = original key
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat will work
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, Em, A7, Fm, A#, D#, G#
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14. Mr Spaceman - The Byrds

mr spaceman guitar lesson

Mr. Spaceman was released back in 1966 for the album "5th Dimension" and this song was the 3rd single from that album, reaching #36 in the US but failing to chart in the UK. The song is also on additional compilation albums.

Jimmy Buffett, Rizzo The Rat and Alvin And The Chipmunks have all covered this song.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, A7, D, C, G6, Am
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15. Mr Tambourine - The Byrds

mr tambourine man guitar lesson

Mr. Tambourine was written by Bob Dylan and has more lyrics to it then what The Byrds recorded in their version. Dylan released his version in Mach 1965 and The Byrds a month later, which went to #1 in both the US and UK and was the title of their debut album. This song actually introduced a new phrase in music called "Folk Rock".

As a side note, The Byrds band name was created in 1964 after Michael Clarke and Chris Hillman joined over Thanksgiving 1964. The full Mr Tambourine Man Byrds lesson is available at the link below. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes just the intro/outtro
  • Chords = D, A, G
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16. Papa Genes Blues - The Monkees

papa genes blues guitar lesson

Papa Gene Blues was written by Michael Neasmith and can be found of their debut album from 1966 entitled "The Monkees".

The song was never released as a single and oddly enough, the Monkees used mostly session musicians on the album and did mostly just vocals. This was some arrangement they had in their management contract.

Last Train To Clarksville was the only big song of the 12 on the album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Gb, E7, Am, D7, C, D#
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17. Reflections Of My Life - The Marmalade

reflections of my life guitar lesson

Reflections Of My Life was released in 1969 and was a huge top 10 hit in several countries worldwide. It never made it to #1 but got close in Ireland at #2.

The track hails from the album Reflections Of The Marmalade.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down down up down up and repeat will work throughout
  • Picking: Yes 
  • Chords: G, Bm, Em, G7, C, Am, D, Dsus 
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18. Should I Wait - The Raspberries

should i wait guitar lesson

Should I Wait is actually not a 60s song but a 1973 song from the bands album "Side 3".

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up root  up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, D/Gb, Em, B7, A7
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19. Smile A Little Smile For Me - The Flying Machine

smile a little smile for me guitar lesson

Smile A Little Smile For Me was a debut single from The Flying machine off their album "The Flying Machine" from 1969.

The song was a #6 hit in the US and a #4 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes into the rhythm
  • Chords: C, G6, Am, Am/G, F, Dm, Gsus, G, A7
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20. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore - The Walker Brothers

the sun aint gonna shine anymore guitar lesson

The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore was recorded by Frankie Valli and written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio back in 1965, but the Walker Brothers had more success with their version in 1966 reaching #1 in the UK.

The song was also a top 10 in several countries and a #13 in the USA.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down down up and repeat - some down strokes also
  • Picking = just a few riffs
  • Chords = D, Em, A, G, A7
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21. The Way You Look Tonight - The Lettermen

the way look tonight guitar lesson

The Way You Look Tonight song dates back to 1936 when Fred Astaire sang the song in a film called Swing Time.

Up through the years other artists recorded the song including Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Bing Crosby and in 1961, The Lettermen had a #13 in the US and a #36 in the UK with their version.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm =  down down down up down down and repeat and downstroke in places
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = Em, C, B7, Dbm, Gbm, E, G, Gb, F, D, Bm, Am
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22. Time Won't Let Me - The Outsiders

time wont let me guitar lesson

Time Won't Let Me is from 1966 by The Outsiders, a band based out of Cleveland Ohio.

They managed a #5 hit in the USA and Canada. This song is from the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning = No 
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat and some steady up and down
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = A, Gbm, G, E, Bm, Dbm, D
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23. Turn Turn Turn - The Byrds

turn turn turn guitar lesson

Turn Turn Turn was written by Pete Seeger when he took most of the lyrics from the Bible and added only a few words to create this song which he first recorded in the late 1950's.

The Limeliters released a version in 1962 and called it "To Everything There Is A Season".

The Byrds released their version back in 1965 and scored a #1 hit in the US on the Billboard Hot 100.. This song holds the title of the oldest lyrics (10th century it is believed) to reach a #1 hit song and can be found the groups Turn Turn Turn album. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up and the use of a rake pattern using a root down up root up down up in the ch sections 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, D/Gb, A7, Em
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24. Valleri - The Monkees

valleri guitar lesson

Valleri was a Boyce & Hart contribution for The Monkees which was another US hit for the group reaching #1 on Cash Box, #3 on Billboard, #1 in Canada and #12 in the UK.

Due to some contract stipulation Boyce & Hart could not be listed as producers, so the song was re-recorded a brass section was added. So the original is a bit different then the final version heard on radio.

The track can be found on "The Birds, The Bees And The Monkees album".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat will work for this one
  • Picking = a few riffs with arpeggio
  • Chords = Gm, F, A#, D7, G, C, Em
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25. Walk Away Renee - The Left Banke

walk away renee guitar lesson

Walk Away Renee was a 1966 hit for The Left Banke, reaching #5 on the US and New Zealand and #3 in Canada.

The track is from the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: A little into the rhythm
  • Chords: D, A/Db, B, A, E/Ab, G, D/Gb, Gbm, E, Bm, B7, Gbm/F, A6, Gbm6 
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26. Walk Right In - The Rooftop Singers

walk right in guitar lesson

Walk Right In is an old blues tune from 1929 that was revived in 1963 by a group called Rooftop Singers who had a huge #1 in several countries with their re-make.

The song is on their album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes 
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up with riffs all through the song 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, E7, C, C7, A7, D7
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