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Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing the guitar by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or picks attached to fingers, as opposed to flatpicking (picking individual notes with a single plectrum called a flatpick) or strumming all the strings of the instrument in chords. The term is often used synonymously with fingerpicking (although "fingerpicking" can also refer to a specific stylistic subset; see below). Music arranged for fingerstyle playing can include chords, arpeggios and other elements such as artificial harmonics, hammering on and pulling off with the fretting hand, using the body of the guitar percussively, and many other techniques.

"Fingerpicking" (also called "thumb picking", "alternating bass" or "pattern picking") is a term that is used to describe both a playing style and a genre of music. It falls under the "fingerstyle" heading because it is plucked by the fingers, but it is generally used to play a specific type of folk, country-jazz and/or blues music. In this technique, the thumb maintains a steady rhythm, usually playing "alternating bass" patterns on the lower three strings, while the index, or index and middle fingers pick out melody and fill-in notes on the high strings.

The style originated in the late 1800s and early 1900s, as southern African American blues guitarists tried to imitate the popular ragtime piano music of the day, with the guitarist's thumb functioning as the pianist's left hand, and the other fingers functioning as the right hand. The first recorded examples were by players such as Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie and Mississippi John Hurt. Some early blues players such as Blind Willie Johnson and Tampa Red added slide guitar techniques. Fingerpicking was soon taken up by Country and Western artists such as Sam McGee, Ike Everly (father of The Everly Brothers) and Merle Travis. Later Chet Atkins further developed the style.

Most fingerpickers use acoustic guitars, but some, including Merle Travis often played on hollow-body electrics.




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SONG ARTIST CATALOG ID GENRE SUBGENRE TEMPO BPM VOCAL DURATION
I've Found You
Ramova Ramova 647365 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 68 Instrumental 2:08
Ashes to Fire
Julia Dowler Julia Dowler 582777 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 0 Female Vocals 5:09
For Anthony
Anthony Davilio Anthony Davilio 517460 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Instrumental 2:55
Elusive Two
Steve Barden Steve Barden 428334 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 108 Instrumental 2:21
Just a Thought
Doug Kidder Doug Kidder 704718 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 110 Instrumental 2:34
Springtime
Wilton Vought Wilton Vought 567730 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 118 Instrumental 1:48
Marvin's Room
Texas Music Forge Texas Music Forge 549878 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 134 Instrumental 1:58
Stillness IV V2
Corry Hanna Corry Hanna 244613 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 113 Instrumental 4:02
StJohnsHarbour AcGtrs
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 729294 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 90 Instrumental 3:00
Through the Fields
Island Letter Island Letter 795932 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 115 Instrumental 3:34
Rural Country Side
Rudy Pusateri Rudy Pusateri 369536 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 136 Instrumental 1:40
Guit Didlin'
Roger Lehman Roger Lehman 378270 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Very Fast 180 Instrumental 2:53
Holding Together
Steve Luck Steve Luck 772368 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 98 Instrumental 1:25
Beautiful Memories
Somnium Somnium 623850 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 94 Instrumental 1:57
Where Are You? (Instrumental)
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 676666 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Mixed 0 Instrumental 4:20
Coming Home
Gary Wolk Gary Wolk 722585 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Fast 160 Instrumental 2:17
Peti Rojo
Lee Jones Lee Jones 524647 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Very Fast 190 Instrumental 2:43
Reunion
The Vultures The Vultures 376330 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Fast 158 Instrumental 2:38
In Love - Underscore
Jens Larsson Jens Larsson 568449 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 72 Instrumental 3:10
Seeing You Again
Island Letter Island Letter 795930 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 120 Instrumental 3:18
Spark of Light
Dean Graham Wolfe Dean Graham Wolfe 689568 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 135 Male Vocals 2:57
Picking Time
Winthrop Brookhouse Winthrop Brookhouse 757830 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Instrumental 3:07
Loving Acoustic Ad - Alternate Edit
Somnium Somnium 624281 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 130 Instrumental 2:04
Minke NoBass
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 729267 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Instrumental 2:24
The End of Chivalry
The Whole Bolivian Army The Whole Bolivian Army 469243 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 61 Female Vocals 3:28
Irish Happy Folksy Guitar: Acoustic Guitar
Stephan Lindsjo Stephan Lindsjo 398449 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 106 Instrumental 1:31
Another Day - Short Instrumental
Case In Point Case In Point 458174 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 110 Instrumental 1:38
Tobit's Trail
Larry Folk Larry Folk 454358 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 104 Instrumental 2:05
Acoustic Crossroads
Sonic Moon Sonic Moon 778166 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 105 Instrumental 2:03
Seeing Your Smile
Island Letter Island Letter 795936 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 110 Instrumental 3:16
Mirror of Blue
Jody Adams Jody Adams 349765 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Instrumental 3:24
Penny Ante Poker (90)
Wilton Vought Wilton Vought 505617 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 125 Instrumental 1:30
Its Been a While (Underscore Version)
Max Brodie Max Brodie 532913 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 104 Instrumental 1:42
Country Moment
Greg Patmore Greg Patmore 544596 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 66 Instrumental 2:01
Signal Hill
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 729282 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Fast 152 Instrumental 1:41
Minke AcGtrs
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 729264 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Instrumental 2:24
Red Elephant
Kenneth Chan Kenneth Chan 553757 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 100 Instrumental 2:15
Solitude
Julia Dowler Julia Dowler 582764 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 0 Female Vocals 5:29
Highlands Acoustic Guitar Instrumental
Greg and Heidi Walker Greg and Heidi Walker 405999 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 110 Instrumental 2:11
Father of My Dreams (Instrumental Version)
Evan Zappa & the Necessity Evan Zappa & the Necessity 447043 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 108 Instrumental 3:22
Bells for Marcel
Muriel Anderson Muriel Anderson 527462 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 132 Instrumental 2:21
Indie Acoustic Advertising - No Bells
Somnium Somnium 623503 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 100 Instrumental 1:32
New Heights Gtr
Denis Turbide Denis Turbide 669082 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 115 Instrumental 2:11
Minke SlideGtr
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 729270 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Instrumental 2:24
Face of a Painter
Jonathan Thomas Stratman Jonathan Thomas Stratman 403515 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Fast 162 Instrumental 3:46
Loving Acoustic Ad
Somnium Somnium 624280 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 130 Instrumental 2:45
Love Old Love
Karmic Kick Karmic Kick 424531 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 141 Female Vocals 2:27
Carousel (Acoustic Guitar Instrumental)
Greg and Heidi Walker Greg and Heidi Walker 406002 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 130 Instrumental 2:47
Guitar Medley 1
Steve Dafoe Steve Dafoe 527743 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Mixed 123 Instrumental 5:18
Grasshopper Siesta
Jeremy Moyer Jeremy Moyer 399127 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 91 Instrumental 2:10

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