Acoustic Guitar Folk Music 
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Welcome to my acoustic guitar folk music page.

Learning folk songs on the acoustic is a great start for a beginner guitar player because many folk songs consist of three chords.

And even though fingerpicking is often associated with folk music, as you'll see in many of my demos, rhythm can be used instead, which is much simpler. Then at some point you can expand your skills and take on fingerpicking patterns.

If you're looking for a few good Irish tunes, check out that section below.

Irish Tutorials

Visit the A-Z- Directory to see all other folk artists, or scroll to the bottom of this page.

Acoustic Guitar Folk Music From A-J

1. Alexi Murdoch

Orange Sky ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: C, F, Am, G
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2. As Animals

Chords & Lyrics

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I See Ghosts ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: Bm, D, G, Gb, A, Em, Bm/G

3. Badly Drawn Boy

The Time Of Times ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: E, A, B
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4. Bill Morrissey

Inside ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: G, D/Gb, Em, Em7, A7sus, A7
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5. Bill Staines

The Fox .. info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: G, C, D
Chords & Lyrics

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6. Bonnie Prince Billy

I See A Darkness ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: C, G, Em, Bm, D
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7. Brett Dennen

Wild Child ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: D, G, A, Bm
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8. Brewer & Shipley

One Toke Over The Line ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: D, G, A/Db, Bm, Bm/B, A7, D7, E7
Chords & Lyrics

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9. Chester Knight

Love Me Strong ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: Em, C, D, G
Chords & Lyrics

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10. Christopher Cross

Sailing ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: Bm, Gbm, Dbm, E, A, F, G, D#, E#, C, Ab. A#
Chords & Lyrics

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11. City & Color

Fragile Bird ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: Am, Am/Gb, Gmaj7, Fmaj7
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12. David Francy

Torn Screen Door ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: G, C, D, Em
Chords & Lyrics

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13. David Mallett

Pennsylvania Sunrise ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: D, Em, A7, G, D/Gb, Db, Bm, A
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14. David Milton

Life On The RGS ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: D, Cadd9, G, F, C
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15. David Olney

Stonewall ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: A, D, G
Chords & Lyrics

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16. Foy Vance

She Burns ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: Am, C, G, F
Chords & Lyrics

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17. GL Williams

Don't Fish And Drive ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: D, C, G
Chords & Lyrics

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18. Hayden

When The Night Came And Took Us ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: C, Dm, Em, Fmaj7, G6, F, D
Chords & Lyrics

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19. Iron & Wine

Call It Dreaming ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: D, G, Em, A7, Gbm, Bm, A
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20. James Keelaghan

Cold Missouri Waters ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: original is 5th fret
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: G, Em, C, D, Am, G6, Gsus
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21. Jeff Tweedy

Gwendolyn .... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: G, Am,C, D
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22. Jim Ford

I'll Be Ahead If I Can Quit ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: E, A, B
Chords & Lyrics

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23. John Sebastian

Welcome Back ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: G, A, D, Em, A7sus, A7, Gbm, B7, Esus, E
Chords & Lyrics

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25. Johnny Douglas

Sweet ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: G, D/Gb, Em, E/D, C, G6, D, D/Gb, Em/D
Chords & Lyrics

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26. Johnny Swim

Annie ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: G, C/G, Cmaj7, Am7, Em
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27. Jonathan Edwards

Sunshine ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: G, D, F, D7
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28. Jose Feliciano

Chico And The Man ... info soon

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm:
  • Picking:
  • Chords: A5, Dmaj7, E7, Dbm, Gb, Bm, E7, Gbm, G
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Thanks for stopping by this acoustic guitar folk music page. There will be additional pages links from this one over time with more information about specific songs discussing chords, strumming and so forth.

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