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Acoustic Songs for Oldies?
Hey- well on my road to becoming more versatile and getting gigs, i decided i need to learn some acoustic songs. Anyway, my grampa is president of this one old age home, and im sure i could get a "gig" there, and if they like me return. My only problem is finding some well recognized songs, or songs "older" people will like. So Far, ive got reccomendations of these: (P.S, I might sing for some songs or if its a girl singing, my sister may be able)
Bob Dylan- Hurricane
Eric Clapton- Tears in Heaven, Change the World
Don Mclean - American Pie
Kansas- Dust in the wind
Led Zeppelin- Stairway to Heaven (Dont know about this one)
Got any reccomendations/comments?
Edit: Forgot a song!
Sweetest of the bees
Don't know if this helps or not, but when I was in university I did a show that was all Irish music from around or before the 30s (I think) I had never heard of most of the songs but my grandparents or anyone around their age who came to the show knew and loved them all! It was traditional irish stuff, some of it was beautiful. If you think any songs like this might help I could dig out some titles for you. They still ask me for some of them if I pull out the guitar.
Just a thought.
Well what about Hotel California.I have played it.I like the song.I played it along with bongo and keyboard.It sounds beautiful.Only acoustic is also good.
Hey, thanks for the replies. Irish music would be cool- preferably for people 60 and up. Someone suggested Greensleeeves, which i will look at. Whats an easy well known classical piece?
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Hey there Dave. I've been trying with my limited skills to do some classical stuff. Two I've been working on which are pretty easy, are Pachebel's Canon in D, and Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. If ya don't recognize these by the name, download the powertab, and I guarantee you'll know them. Good luck!
Originally Posted by dave111
We play nursing and retirement homes all the time...
...they like to hear songs they recognize. Understand the youngest will be in their 70's and 80's. So its songs that were popular 50 years ago.
Vocals more so than instrumentals will go over best. Something they can sing along with. You may not hear them singing but their lips will be moving.
If you play something that could be danced to I guarantee the Acvities Director will get some of them up dancing. They love to see someone dancing even if they can not.
The Activities Directors will want you to keep them entertained for 45 minutes to an hour. By the time they get them all rounded up and wheeled in if you only have a 10 minute gig, it's not worth the effort to get everyone into the activities room. You are looking at 20 to 25 songs. I could give you our list, but its country and it does not look like you play country.
Malcom, Im gonna work on my singing, and my sister can do a pretty good job on vocals. What is your country setlist? Ill play country, i like diversifiying :P
Sweetest of the bees
here's a list of all the songs I can remember. Most of them should be quite old as the show we did was set in 1936 and the directors took pains to make it authentic. They are all vocal songs, in the folk song style, lots of drinking songs, so you don't have to be a virtuoso to sing them. A couple of them have the potential to be really hauntingly beautiful, but most are just fun.
When we did these songs I knew, like two or three of them, but our older audience knew them and were singing along. I must say, I really loved singing these songs. I believe most of them are pretty easy to play. Sorry I don't have chords for you, but if you check around on the net you shouls be able to find some more info.
Hope this helps.
Carrickfergus (beautiful song)
Whiskey in The Jar
Whiskey You're the Devil
Tell Me Ma
Mac Phearson's Lament
Rocky Road to Dublin
The Parting Glass
Cockles and Mussels
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Go Lassie Go
Black Velvet Band
All For Me Grog
The Little Beggarman
Good Luck! (if there was a shamrock icon, I'd use it here..)
A good song would be Closer to Home / Captain by Grand funk Railroad ) maybe just the chords / vocals to elvis songs as well. You could do boom boom by John Lee Hooker
Layla by Clapton or anything off that unplugged cd.
over the hills and far away, and going to california, by zep
Zakk wlde has some fairly simple and yet beautiful acoustic songs.
Kum By Ah (sp)
use different strum patterns too, many 50's songs were done using this progression
Taken right from the index of our gig book.
All My Exxes
Amarillo by morning
Apartment number nine
Back home again
Back in the saddle again
Bandy the rodeo clown
Blue side of lonesome
Could I have this dance
Deep in the heart of Texas
Diggin up bones
Don't come crying to me
Except for Mondays
Fifteen years ago
God must be a cowboy
Good hearted woman
Hank Williams medley
He things I still care
This site will have fake chord on a lot of country http://www.roughstock.com/cowpie/songs/
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