Folk Songs With Chords & Demos
On The Acoustic

Folk Songs With Chords

Here on my folk songs with chords page you'll find over 100 great folk songs you can easily learn on the acoustic. Let me say right here, this particular section is not yet fully completed as there is a re-organization currently underway. But the links below will take you to many artists and plenty of folk music to keep you busy for awhile with the tons of demo videos, free pdf chord sheets, rhythm tips and more.

Use the jump link menu below to quickly jump to a section of just scroll down the page to see all of the artists and songs that may be very familiar to you.

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Folk Songs With Chords Sections

I'll be starting with the 11 sections which are complete to date, and I'll expand upwards over time. Artists like Jim Croce, Jimmy Buffet and a few others will eventually be listed in this section, but their links are below.

Bob Dylan Section 1

This section is in 2 parts with 11 titles in the first section and 10 in the 2nd for now. I have other lessons, but they are not yet listed.

  1. Abandoned Love
  2. Blind Willie McTell
  3. Forever Young
  4. Gotta Serve Somebody
  5. Jokerman
  6. Just Like A Woman
  7. Knockin On Heaven's Door
  8. Lay Lady Lay
  9. License To Kill
  10. Like A Rolling Stone
  11. My Back Pages

Bob Dylan section 1 is here.

Bob Dylan Section 2

  1. Not Dark Yet
  2. Positively 4th Street
  3. Shelter From The Storm
  4. Sweetheart Like You
  5. Tangled Up In Blue
  6. The Times They Are A Changing
  7. Thunder Mountain
  8. With God On Our Side
  9. You Ain't Goin Nowhere
  10. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You're Gone

Bob Dylan section 2 is here.


CSNY Section

I have managed to record 11 songs / tutorials from this great band of 4 members and sometimes 3 so I'm just calling it CSNY but there may be a few songs in here from just CSN. This list so far is as follows;

  1. Daylight Again
  2. Helplessly Hoping
  3. Long May You Run
  4. Long Time Gone
  5. Love The One You're With
  6. Our House
  7. Southern Cross
  8. Suite Judy Blue Eyes
  9. Teach Your Children
  10. Wasted On The Way
  11. Woodstock

CSNY section here.


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Gordon Lightfoot Section 1

Under the Canadian folk category, there probably isn't another male artist that would be crowned king of Canadian folk other than Gordon Lightfoot. His talents in both writing and performing have showered his music around the world. I'll be offering 2 sections on Gordon Light. The 12 songs in this first section are:

  1. 14 Karat Gold
  2. Alberta Bound
  3. Bitter Green
  4. Black Day In July
  5. Carefree Highway
  6. Christian Island
  7. Cotton Jenny
  8. Don Quixote
  9. Early Morning Rain
  10. For Loving Me - Did She mention My Name
  11. Hangdog Hotel Room
  12. If You Could Read My Mind

Gordon Lightfoot section 1 here.


Gordon Lightfoot Section 2

For this second section of Gordon Lightfoot you'll find 12 more great classics for the acoustic guitar. This sections contains the following songs;

  1. In My Fashion
  2. Race Among The Ruins
  3. Rainy Day People
  4. Ribbon Of Darkness
  5. Second Cup Of Coffer
  6. Song For A Winters Night
  7. Summer Side Of Life
  8. Summertime Dream
  9. Sundown
  10. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  11. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
  12. You Are What I Am

Gordon Lightfoot section 2 here.


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James Taylor Section

This section for James Taylor has 17 songs and covers many of his top hits as you'll see from the list below. Most of James Taylor songs are fingerpicked, but since I no longer teach fingerpicking, my lessons and demos are don with the use of a standard pick.

The numbers in this section are;

  1. Carolina In My Mind
  2. Copperline
  3. Everyday
  4. Fire A Rain
  5. Frozen Man
  6. Handyman
  7. How Sweet It Is
  8. Mexico
  9. Montana
  10. October Road
  11. Shower The People
  12. Something In The Way She Moves
  13. Suite For 20G
  14. Up On The Roof
  15. Wandering
  16. Your Smiling Face
  17. You've Got A Friend

James Taylor section here.


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John Prine Section

John Prine left use some great music for the acoustic and like James Taylor, many of his songs were fingerpicked but in my demos and lessons I'll be strumming my way through his great compositions And also like the JT section, this one also has 17 songs and are as follows;

  1. Crazy As A Loon
  2. Fish And Whistle
  3. Glory Of True Love
  4. Illegal Smile
  5. Iron Ore Betty
  6. It's A Big Ole Goofy World
  7. Killing The Blues
  8. Knocking On Your Screen Door
  9. Lonesome Friends Of Science
  10. Magnolia Wind
  11. My Darlin Hometown
  12. My Old Man
  13. Paradise
  14. Sam Stone
  15. Souvenirs
  16. The Oldest Baby In The World
  17. Unwed Fathers

John Prine section here.


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Lobo Section

Here are half a dozen songs from the 1970's by Lobo. 

  1. Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend
  2. How Can I Tell Her
  3. I'd Love You To Want Me
  4. Me & You & A Dog Named Boo
  5. Rings
  6. Stoney

Lobo section is here.


Neil Young Section 1

Like the Gordon Lightfoot section, this section can be broken into two because there are 12 songs / lessons in each one.

his first section has the following songs / tutorials available;

  1. After The Goldrush
  2. Cinnamon Girl
  3. Comes A Time
  4. Cowgirl In The Sand
  5. Don't Let It Bring You Down
  6. Harvest
  7. Harvest Moon
  8. Heart Of Gold
  9. Helpless
  10. Hey Hey My My
  11. Human Highway
  12. In The Days That Used To Be

Neil Young section one here.


Neil Young Section 2

In this Neil Young section we have some classics like Old Man, Sugar Mountain, The Needle And The Damage Done and more.

Here is the list for this section;

  1. Like A Hurricane
  2. Long May You Run
  3. Ohio
  4. Old Man
  5. Out On The Weekend
  6. Powderfinger
  7. Sugar Mountain
  8. Tell Me Why
  9. The Loner
  10. The Needle And The Damage Done
  11. Tonight's The Night
  12. When You Dance I Can Really Love

Neil Young section two here.


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Paul Simon Section

This section with Paul Simon songs only has 10 songs at the moment so I may expand this eventually to 15. There is a Simon & Garfunkel section below this one. The songs / lessons in this section are;

  1. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
  2. Duncan
  3. Father And Daughter
  4. Graceland
  5. Kodachrome
  6. Late In The Evening
  7. Love Me Like A Rock
  8. Me And Julio
  9. Slip Sliding Away
  10. Train In The Distance

Paul Simon section here.


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Simon & Garfunkel Section

This section has some classics from Simon & Garfunkel for the acoustic player such as Bridge Over Troubled Water, Cecilia and Mrs Robinson. With the section above, a total of 23 great songs to learn. This list here is;

  1. America
  2. At The Zoo
  3. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  4. Cecilia
  5. Feeling Groovy
  6. For Emily Wherever I May Find Her
  7. Homeward Bound
  8. Kathy├Ęs Song
  9. Mrs Robinson
  10. Richard Cory
  11. Scarborough Fair
  12. Sound Of Silence
  13. The Boxer

Simon & Garfunkel section here.


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Folk Mixed Vol 1

In these Vol 1-4 Sections is where the various artists categories will be so instead of listing song titles, I will just list the artists and you can visit the pages to see which songs / lessons live over there. There are not in alphabetical order so glace over all of the categories. In this Vol 1 are the follow artists; 

  1. Badly Drawn Boy
  2. Brewer & Shipley
  3. City & Color
  4. Christopher Cross
  5. David Mallett
  6. David Francy
  7. David Olney
  8. Foy Vance
  9. Hayden
  10. Iron & Wine
  11. Jeff Tweedy
  12. Jim Ford
  13. John Sebastian
  14. Jonathan Edwards
  15. Jose Feliciano

Vol 1 Section here.


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Folk Mixed Vol 2

Here in the Vol 2 mixed section are some lesser known artists such as R Dean Taylor, Peter Maffay and Valdy, but some cool folk tunes to explore.

  1. Keith Carradine
  2. Lord Huron
  3. Nathaniel Rateliff
  4. Noel Paul Stookey
  5. Paul Carrick
  6. Peter Maffay
  7. R Dean Taylor
  8. Ron Sexsmith
  9. Sean Rowe
  10. The Men They Couldn't Hang
  11. Tim Buckley
  12. Uncle Tupelo
  13. Valdy
  14. Walk Off The Earth
  15. Will Kimborogh

Vol 2 section here.


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Folk Mixed Vol 3

In here you'll find the following artists. Keep in mind some artists have several additional songs you can reach from links on the page below.

  1. Amos Lee
  2. Bruce Cockburn
  3. Dan Fogelberg
  4. Gilbert O'Sullivan
  5. Gram Parsons
  6. Harry Chapin
  7. Ken Tobias
  8. Loudin Wainwright III
  9. M Ward
  10. Richard Thompson
  11. Seals & Crofts
  12. Townes Van Zandt
  13. The Wood Brothers

Vol 3 section is here.


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Folk Mixed Vol 4

Here are the artists in this last mixed folk section.

  1. Arlo Guthrie
  2. Blaze Foley
  3. Chris De Burgh
  4. Damien Rice
  5. David Gates
  6. Don McLean
  7. Guy Clark
  8. Jack Johnson
  9. Jim Croce
  10. Kenny Loggins
  11. Lyle Lovette
  12. Ray Lamontagne
  13. Steve Goodman
  14. The Avett Brothers

Vol 4 section is here.


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Other Section Links For Now Are

I'll expand on these sections shortly.

And these artist pages are not yet completed but are functional

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Thank you for visiting my folk songs with chords page and I hope the info you found here and the subsequent sections below this one, helpful.


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