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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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STORY TIME   (by Dean Graham Wolfe )  Composed: 2001
Natural sounding solo acoustic finger style guitar with mandolin embellishments for country, nature, rural farmland, ranch settings; denotes wholesomeness or products and corporate responsibility and community caring; has a sweeping uplifting broadening atmospheric finish, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SPARK OF LIGHT   (by Dean Graham Wolfe )  Composed: 2014
Serious toned sparse folk verses dealing with relative losing soundness of mind; failing memory, deterioration- suited to documentary or film dealing with mental illness but keeping a spark of hope alive as chorus is upbeat and Beatles-like cello parts Elanore Rigby inspired;, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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NO TIME TO CRY (INSTRUMENTAL VERSION)   (by John Clinebell )  Composed: 2014
Slow, sparse and beautiful finger-picked folk acoustic guitar with waves of cello that float in and out. Bridge introduces light percussion and 12 string on it. Instrumental track that emotes melancholy with a breadth of sweetness. This would sound great in any scene that invokes a bittersweet tone. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SIMPLE TIMES   (by Doug Kidder )  Composed: 2014
guitar pickin country folk simple A/B melody variable bpm, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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INTO THE WIND   (by Deep )  Composed: 2014
Tender, uplifting modern folk track played on acoustic guitars accompanied by lilting glockenspiels and flutes. Honest and thoughtful song with a positive, sincere sentiment and a lush, organic, natural sound. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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FOLK LIKE US   (by Deep )  Composed: 2014
Soaring, haunting modern folk track played on acoustic guitars, flute and glockenspiel. Honest and thoughtful song with a positive, sincere sentiment and a lush, organic, natural sound. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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LAID BACK SUNSHINE LOVE   (by D. Silverstone )  Composed: 2014
Relaxed and loving morning and a sunshine love. acoustic music in a peaceful and optimistic mood. With warm acoustic guitars, woodwinds melody, piano and soft strings. Bright instrumental underscore for a bright new day, waking up, content nature and happiness, reflective romantic love. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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NEW HEIGHTS GTR   (by Denis Turbide )  Composed: 2014
A bouncy and happy fingerpicked acoustic guitar. Feeling good! Easy times, making it through the day. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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DETERMINATION   (by Manic )  Composed: 2014
Folksy, fun yet determined, guitar driven. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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A FEELING OF LOVE - ACOUSTIC GUITAR   (by Somnium )  Composed: 2014
A Feeling of Love is a very warm and inviting acoustic guitar track, suitable in the background or in the foreground without a speaking voice on top. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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WARM SWEET SUMMER GUITAR: ACOUSTIC GUITAR   (by Stephan Lindsjo )  Composed: 2013
Atmospheric dreamy romantic acoustic guitar love song in medium tempo. The song has a positive romantic flowing feeling. Laid back, folksy feeling good mood. An acoustic guitar with everyday happy feeling. Made for romantic sweet projects, happy summer romance video, beautiful slide show, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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I'VE FOUND YOU   (by Ramova )  Composed: 2014
A piece for two guitars and a shaker. Minimalistic to be sure, but a deep sense of sincerity and closure. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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HOPE   (by Rob Johnson )  Composed: 2014
Pretty folk piece with a sentimental and thoughtful sound. Great music to underscore a romantic scene or any scene that needs a little warmth and tenderness. A dramatic piece that is heartfelt and sincere. Perfect for indie films, documentaries, radio and TV commercials and reality TV shows. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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COWBOYS LAMENT   (by John Powers )  Composed: 2014
A warm country folk track featuring a finger picked acoustic guitar, slide steel guitar, and an upright bass. Makes you feel as if your in the deep south. This would work great for travel shows, children shows, or any country themed scene. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ALL FOR THE BEST   (by D. Silverstone )  Composed: 2014
Optimistic and hopeful acoustic music. Positive and calm instrumental with steel guitars, piano, strings and thumb claps. Comforting, soothing and lovely with a heartwarming and feelgood feel. Great for loving moments, optimism, sweet memories, weddings and pure romantic love. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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AFTER THE BATTLE ALT2   (by Denis Turbide )  Composed: 2014
A moment of great thought, at the end of your rope, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SUNDAYS   (by Denis Turbide )  Composed: 2011
A contemplative fingerstyle guitar piece with a rolling theme throughout, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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HAVRE-AUX-MAISONS   (by Denis Turbide )  Composed: 2008
A higher energy fingerstyle guitar piece that brings to mind sunny, happy times, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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FIRSTBORN   (by Denis Turbide )  Composed: 2008
A little turnaround, a folky relaxed fingerstyle guitar, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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DERIVATIVES   (by Denis Turbide )  Composed: 2014
Tender moments while walking through sunlit fields, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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AFTER THE BATTLE ALT1   (by Denis Turbide )  Composed: 2008
In motion, with a purpose and hope. Acoustic guitar fingerpicked throughout, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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A HAMMOCK AFTERNOON   (by Jason Savell )  Composed: 2013
A low key lullaby for fingerpicked solo guitar creates a soothing mood for anything from rural movie/TV settings to corporate videos, websites, apps, etc. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ACOUSTIC GUITAR COMFORT   (by John Murray )  Composed: 2013
Mellow, comforting, gentle finger picked solo acoustic guitar piece great for family photo montage, childrens music, relaxation, spa, or scenes evoking warm, soothing memories, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SEASONS   (by Pierre Mineault )  Composed: 2013
Acoustic guitar instrumental about the changing of seasons. Featuring melodic guitar lines with slight reverb, written with the image of leaves falling and changing color, snow falling and melting, plants awakening form the winter slumber. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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LOVING ACOUSTIC AD   (by Somnium )  Composed: 2013
This soft and breezy indie folk pop acoustic track is perfect as background in a romantic love scene or ad / commercial. It also works well as a music bed in a photo album slide show with pictures of family. It features acoustic guitar, piano, soft drums, percussion and strings. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES   (by Somnium )  Composed: 2013
A fingerpicked acoustic guitar is accompanied by guitar harmonics and a soft piano creating a warm, organic feel. Suitable for a photo album slide show, or anything related to romance, love, or drama. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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INDIE ACOUSTIC ADVERTISING   (by Somnium )  Composed: 2013
A mellow indie pop / folk acoustic track with a nylon-stringed acoustic guitar as the leading instrument, with a four-on-the-floor kick drum, piano and glockenspiel - very suitable as background for advertising / commercials, or an animation or corporate presentation for the web or internal use. The, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ACOUSTIC ADVERTISING   (by Somnium )  Composed: 2013
This is a mellow indie pop / folk acoustic track with a nylon-stringed acoustic guitar as the leading instrument, with a four-on-the-floor kick drum and glockenspiel - very suitable as background for advertising / commercials, or an animation or corporate presentation for the web or internal use. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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REFLECTIONS   (by Joseph Rusnak )  Composed: 2013
An emotional piece featuring finger picked guitar, wistful piano and lovely strings. This simple, dramatic track wonderfully instills a bittersweet, introspective sense of peace and love. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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LONESOME ACOUSTIC GUITAR   (by Michael Panasuk )  Composed: 2013
Melodic fingerpicking on a vintage Gibson J-50 Deluxe. Laid back, mellow, easy listening feel and vibe. Excellent for many different background applications. Quickly sets a mellowed out, New Age, relaxing, feel-good, bathing in moonlight, sleeping in the sun, wonderful mood. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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DANIEL ADMON - PEOPLE (CONVINIENTLY OBLIVIUSE)   (by Itzik Daniel Admon )  Composed: 2013
Guitar based song with touches of Mandola. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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DANIEL ADMON - I NEED YOU   (by Itzik Daniel Admon )  Composed: 2013
Slow tempo, finger picked guitar based song with touches of mandola, piano and bass. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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FIRESIDE CHAT   (by Zander Sekhri )  Composed: 2013
Solo finger-picked acoustic guitar with a warm, rolling rhythmic feel and a wholesome melody. Track is perfect for enjoying nature and doing things in the great outdoors including fishing, hiking, camping. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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COOL AUTUMN NIGHT FULL   (by Zander Sekhri )  Composed: 2013
A warm, delicate finger-picked acoustic guitar track with a soft rolling rhythm. A gentle and heartwarming melody that meanders beautifully to a beautiful finish. Perfect music for outdoors, wilderness, camping, hiking and being in the woods. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ME AND DHIYA (FULL)   (by Zander Sekhri )  Composed: 2013
A quiet, sensitive finger-picked acoustic guitar track with warm subtle instrumentation including light banjo, and glockenspiel. A gentle and heartwarming melody that meanders beautifully to a soft finish. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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REPLICATE MELODIES   (by Jacob Luecke )  Composed: 2013
An intricate acoustic guitar instrumental with building interwoven melodies. The song has a mood of determination, progress and positive energy. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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MAHUCHKA   (by Jacob Luecke )  Composed: 2013
A song of sadness and loss. Layered guitars create a mournful, minor key atmosphere. As the song progresses, a major key section creates a silver lining. The title says it all -- mahuchka. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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HARMONICA TUNE   (by Jacob Luecke )  Composed: 2013
The harmonica is in the driver's seat for this song, which moves through several different melodic parts. In parts melancholy and in other parts uplifting, this song has evokes a range of emotions as it progresses. And, it features a harmonica. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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GRANDMA'S PORCH   (by Eric Waters )  Composed: 2013
A down-home real acoustic guitar & bass provide that honest, wholesome, country vibe that will make your productions shine with sincerity, & quaint nostalgia. Ideal for advertising, documentaries, cooking shows, film, & a wide range of other uses. It creates a sense of trust with the listener. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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POSITIVE GUITAR NO 1 LOOPABLE: ACOUSTIC GUITAR   (by Stephan Lindsjo )  Composed: 2013
Finger picked acoustic guitar with a positive feeling. Laid back, folksy and downhome. acoustic, guitar, folksy, happy, achievement, beautiful, elegant, optimistic, calm, discovery, broadcasting, commercials, business, tv, promo, promotional, uplifting, reflective, reflection, soundtrack, background, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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