Acoustic Songs By The Kinks 

Acoustic Songs By The Kinks

Here you'll find several acoustic songs by The Kinks  for the guitar player you can easily learn. View my acoustic demos, grab some free chord sheets and if you'd like to purchase any full lesson videos, that option is here also.


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Apeman | Better Things
Celluloid Heros | Come Dancing
Father Christmas | Lola
Skin And Bone | Waterloo Sunset
You Really Got Me

Acoustic Songs By The Kinks
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1. Apeman

Apeman was a single release from the 1970 album "Lola Verses Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One". The song peaked at #5 in the UK and #45 in the US.

A video was produced for the song with new member of the group John Gosling, dressed up as an ape.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up
  • Picking: No just a few riffs
  • Chords: C, D, G
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2. Better Things

The bands 1981 album "Give The People What They Want" had two single released and this song was one of them, reaching #46 in the UK and a #10 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: you'll use downstrokes and a down up stop up down up stop up pattern
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, C7, F, G, Em, Am, Am/Ab, Am/G, Gb/D, 
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3. Celluloid Heros

In 1972 the band released their "Everybody's In Show-Biz" album and two single came from the album. This one did not chart at all while Supersonic Rocketship managed a #16 in the UK.

They re-released the song again in 1980 from their "One For The Road" album and did manage a #1 in New Zealand, #69 in Australia and a #80 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, A, G, Gbm, Dm, Bm, D/Gb, A7, C
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4. Come Dancing

This number hails from the 1982 album "State Of Confusion" and only had this song as a single.

The song reached #12 in the UK and a #6 in the US and a top 10 in a few other countries.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down up stop up with a few riffs
  • Picking: No just some riffs in the rhythm
  • Chords: G, D, C, Em
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5. Father Christmas

Father Christmas was not part of any album as far as I can tell and was just a singe release in 1977, but the song never charted. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up - this one makes some quick changes
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: C, F, G, G6, Am, F, E7
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6. Lola

This was a huge hit as the band started off the decade of the 1970's with this single release from the 1970 album "Lola Verses Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up down down up and repeat with a few quick shuffles
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, D, E, A, B7, Gb, Dbm, B
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7. Skin And Bone

In 1971 the record "Muswell Hillbillies" was released but this song was never a single from the album.

The album name came from a part of London where the Davies brothers grew up.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up with some walking bass
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: G, D7, G7, C, Edim
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8. Waterloo Sunset

This number was a single release in 1967 from their "Something Else By The Kinks" and peaked #2 in the UK and #4 and was a top 10 in several countries but it did not chart in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat - some downstrokes also
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A, G, Gb, E, A, D, A/Db, D/Gb, Em, Em/Eb
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9. You Really Got Me

This song was released as a single back in 1964 and hails from the album "Kinks".

The song reached #1 in the UK, #4 in Canada and #7 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: mainly downstrokes
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, F, A, D, C
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