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.
Relaxing acoustic finger picking guitar merged with subtle underlying vocal ambience that move the listener to a mood of subtle happiness and a feeling of light airy vibes. Vocal Pads, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
Acoustic guitar duo ambient in a soothing shuffle cadence rhythm sounds including triangle with enhanced space building string music somewhat mystic groovy many possible uses nice depth suitable for broadcast Film/TV/Internet, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
Beautful acoustic guitar and flute duet. Great for a wholesome organic commercials. Classical Guitar, uplifting happy and joyful music. Break of dawn, sunshine flooding in. Romantic tender and touching. Sweet loving caring advert or Film or TV theme song. Elegant and stirring flute melody. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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
This indie-folk tune is inspirational and nostalgic. It features acoustic guitars and ukulele, delicately playing off of eachother. The mood is hopeful and peaceful, perfect for all sorts of video projects. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
Happy-go-lucky maybe a little goofy feel good piece with two guitars percussion and a surprise whistle. Strolling through the woods on a sunny day with not a care in the world. Good for a commercial portraying childlike innocence. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
Light and cheerful, featuring breezy acoustic guitar strumming that creates a relaxed, upbeat country mood. This is an instrumental piece that is very "Byrd like" in its sound. "Byrd like" as in Roger McGuinn and David Crosby. Think of the 1966 pop charts. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
A delicate acoustic finger picking piece. Has a very realaxed mellow vibe and would be perfect to set moods such as spiritual, romantic, relaxing, love, good-byes, flashbacks, meditation, yoga, religous, thoughtful, sad crying and tearful. Would have many uses in advertising, tv or film productions, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
Happy instrumental piece. Sweet acoustic guitars melodically driven. Very joyful song with inviting melodies and bridges. Great for nature and outdoors scenes. Fun camping, hiking, fishing. Wholesome & innocent sweet guitar for families kids playing back yard barbeque, flying kites, sitcom or romcom, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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
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
This solo acoustic steel string guitar track was written to set a positive welcoming mood. It would ideally suit the opening moments of a website welcome page, a documentary or infomercial. It promotes a light breezy easy going feel. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
Bluegrass country honkin' blues featuring solo finger pickin' guitar.. This is American music for Radio and TV adverts cooking shows down home commercials comedic chase scenes running from the law and more. Fun fast and intricate! Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
Low-fi acoustic folk tune with a finger-picking riff that takes up the verses and intro. Piano accompanies the acoustic guitar and alto vocals. It mildly builds throughout. It's about disliking someone for the hurt they have bestowed upon another. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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
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
Medium fast spirited finger style acoustic guitar instrumental. Close your eyes and march into heaven while being greeted by the saints along the way. Great instrumental sound track for numerous uses! Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
Medium tempo classical guitar solo. Moves right along, flowing piece. Could be used for riding a bicycle, skateboading, windsurfing, sailboating, climbing a mountain, hiking a trail. Could also work for TV ads. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
Cinematic! Emotional & powerful acoustic singer-songwriter song about a guy who lost his love, and is blue every day trying to get over her. Heartwrenching lyrics. Good for dramatic film / TV scenes. Ageless & timeless. Perfect for romance stories at any age, soap operas, teen, young adult, etc. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
This is a mellow piece with just a fingerstyle classical guitar and a piano. Works well in a mellow context, a commercial for something serene and serious, or a photo slideshow project. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
There is a steady addition of guitars in this track. It begins with a little finger picking, evoking images of the beginning of a long trip home. Add some slide guitar on top, and the journey is suddenly more interesting. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
Pacey Finger Picked Acoustic Guitar Instrumental with light drum beat. Contemporary sounding with organic retro sounds and a feelgood vibe. Good Upbeat Head Nodding Tempo sounds a bit Spanish/Latin/Gypsy. (Acoustic - Nu Folk - Singer/Songwriter style), Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
Acoustic guitar finger picked, excellent for background in wide variety of quiet scenes- once where soft guitar background works. Walking, thinking, reflecting. Solo guitar, simple but emotionally effective. Very cinematic film or tv instrumental a la James Taylor or Paul Simon and Garfunkel. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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
This uplifting acoustic tune features guitar and ukulele. Strings, bells, and percussion play a soft, supportive role. A great choice for commercials, promotional videos, and romantic soundtracks. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar