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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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ACOUSTICLOOP39   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
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JUSTFINGERPICKING LOOP   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
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ACOUSTICLOOP32   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
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ACOUSTICLOOP34   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
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ACOUSTICLOOP36   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
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ACOUSTICLOOP37   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
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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, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SIMPLE TIMES   (by Doug Kidder )  Composed: 2014
simple single acoustic guitar picking country folk with a simple A/B melody variable bpm clean with variables within the themed melody nice application for anything country living rural environment basic wood sound authentic true sound imperfect perfection suitable for broadcast TV/Film/Internet, Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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GIVE ME SODAPOP   (by Stephan Lindsjo )  Composed: 2010
A charming Guitar duet played with bottle neck. Soft sweet melody, wholesome and down homey folksy. For Rural themes with scenes reflecting wholesome good times. Also great for commercials, phone on hold, road trip, hiking opening in comedy. happy laid back feeling, good old times, Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ACOUSTIC LOOP - 26   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2010
60 second loop featuring lightly finger picked acoustic guitar, piano, a pad sound, and electric piano. The feeling is very light and subtle – imagine being out camping on a summer evening, watching the sun set. Mellow, laid back and folksy. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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IRISH HAPPY FOLKSY GUITAR: ACOUSTIC GUITAR   (by Stephan Lindsjo )  Composed: 2013
Irish happy folksy guitar has a nice groovy beat with a happy feeling. joyful wholesome acoustic Irish happy guitar, Instrumental, Folk, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ACOUSTIC LOOP 17   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
60 second loop featuring acoustic guitar, bass, piano, and drums. Has a mellow, fun, driving, happy feel that moves you forward. Perfect for background music for corporate or personal presentations. Loops seamlessly. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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GREEN HILLS   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2010
60 second loop featuring acoustic guitar, ukulele, piano and a shaker. Has an outdoorsy, driving feel – very mellow and down to earth, but with a feeling of purposeful movement. This composition would make excellent background music to a voice over, advertisement, or corporate presentation. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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MEMORIES OF YESTERDAY   (by Somnium )  Composed: 2012
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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ACOUSTIC LOOP - 16   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2010
60 second loop featuring acoustic guitar, ukulele, electric piano, drums and bass. Light, ambient feel, bordering on new age. Perfect for background music for corporate or personal presentations. Loops seamlessly. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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BELANGLOS   (by Hanjo Gabler )  Composed: 2014
Perfect cue for sad minimalistic ambiences. Picked Folk- Song and romantic mellow cue. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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DRIFTING   (by Lawrence Dewey )  Composed: 2015
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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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STARLIGHT MEADOW   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2010
60 second loop featuring lightly picked and strummed acoustic guitar and a piano playing a simple melody. Has a nostalgic and sentimental feeling, evoking images of the memory of a midsummer night with a loved one. The composition is very low key but drives nicely. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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MY OLD GUITAR   (by Somnium )  Composed: 2012
This is a grooving solo guitar piece, playing on a classical guitar in a modern style. It has a happy, uplifting, and bluesy feel. There is only one guitar, and it is exactly one minute long, perfect for those 60-second spots. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ABSENCE OF HUMANITY (FALTA DE HUMANIDAD)   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
Male vocals in Spanish about suffering, where the singer addresses a relative unable to find forgiveness in his heart who asks the singer to "leave the country" so the family doesn't have to endure his presence. A sorrowful tale of the absence of humanity. Latin pain, insensitivity shame sadness, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR BANJO/GUITAR   (by Pete Bax )  Composed: 2013
guitanjo guitjo ganjo banjitar or bantar are banjos Today, musicians as diverse as Keith Urban, Rod Stewart, Taj Mahal, Joe Satriani, David Hidalgo and Doc Watson all play modified finger picking Banjo/Guitars. Best attention getter in music is a good finger picking solo. This is new but traditional, Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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EMPTY SPACES   (by George and Marguerite )  Composed: 2008
A short acoustic guitar piece with a haunting and cautious melody. Good for suspense, drama and crime scene investigations. Great southwest feeling, big vistas, open landscapes, lone drifter seeking his way. Western documentary, cowboy love story, campfire stories, cattle ride hardships, loneliness. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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POND TROLL   (by Roger and Ellen Bruno )  Composed: 2007
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, 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, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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GRAND DAY OUT   (by Amazing Music )  Composed: 2011
Folk, finger picked guitar, happy, fun, light, comedy, joyful, acoustic guitar, cartoon, kitsch, quirky romantic comedy, a little tropical, folky, summery, silly, carefree, positive, sweet, laid back, love, romance, light, wholesome, childish, playful, cheeky, earthy,, Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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GREEN BLUES   (by Somnium )  Composed: 2012
This is a solo guitar piece played with fingers on a steel-string acoustic guitar. It has a very bluesy feel, but it's not a standard 12-bar blues. Works well in a commercial, slideshow or a movie or tv show opening. Instrumental, Folk, 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, 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, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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FOR ANTHONY   (by Anthony Davilio )  Composed: 2012
Acoustic guitar & Exotic percussion. Reminiscent of tv show “Wonder Years”. This song was written for a boy who was severely retarded and loved music. Finger picking steel string. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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FOLK GUITAR BED 2   (by Jonathan Geer )  Composed: 2010
A very simple acoustic guitar bed. Easy, laid-back and mellow. Not a care in the world. Hanging with your friends watching the world go by. Would work well under dialogue or narration. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ITS BEEN A WHILE   (by Max Brodie )  Composed: 2011
Acoustic / Inspiring. Featuring acoustic guitar, this track portrays an optimistic, yet thoughtful view of the world around. It's relaxed, mellow, and somewhat care free. Understated and easy going. Will bring warmth and a relaxed feel to many types of project. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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QUITTERS HEART   (by Phillip R Spencer )  Composed: 2014
A bluesy, folk/pop song with guitars and found percussion. A little dark and quirky. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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DIMPLES   (by Ed Littman )  Composed: 2014
A folky Down home finger picked acoustic guitar piece with a southern bluesy vibe rich modern harmony fast paced technique, Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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OPEN COUNTRY   (by A-P-M Productions )  Composed: 2009
Calm, Americana instrumental with fingerpicked acoustic and electric guitars, accompanied by a string ensemble. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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HOPE FOR FAMILIES   (by Evens Colas )  Composed: 2008
Gorgeous plucked 12-string guitar, flute and light percussion makes this the choice for a scene with close interaction of families, children, grandparents and friends. A sweet melody to evoke peace, contentment, happiness, hope, forgiveness and mending bridges. Great music for an emotional scene. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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RUNNING   (by Doug Kidder )  Composed: 2014
single acoustic guitar plucking harmonics to open a fast paced rhythm open chords interesting jazzy progression to end organic in natural sound of resonation of wood with strings vibrating appropriately to the tuning variations from the position on the guitar suitable for broadcast TV/Film/Internet, Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SKYLINE (WITH VOCALS)   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
Driven by finger picked and strummed guitar, this acoustic folk piece evokes images of a parent with a young child outdoors in the summertime watching the stars appear in the sky after the sun has set. The full version of the song has male vocals in two brief verses. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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WE NEED TO TALK (VOCAL VERSION)   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
This song starts out warm sounding with its sensitive acoustic guitar and male vocals, disguising its true angry intent, which becomes blisteringly clear in the choruses, where the singer lashes out at his lover with whom he is breaking up with a final rousing exaltation! Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WEDDING NIGHT   (by Geoff Abraham )  Composed: 2009
Beautiful acoustic guitar and 12 string guitar ballad. Very emotional and heartwarming track. Instrumental, Folk, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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BLUE ICE   (by Jeremy Sherman )  Composed: 2010
An earthy, dreamy and somewhat ethereal, natural, organic sounding background track. Atmospheric, slightly jazz tinged, with combinations of melodies and more abstract textures of acoustic guitars and piano with subtle, deep bass and cymbals. Instrumental, Folk, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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I COULD WALK FOR MILES   (by Jon Cooper )  Composed: 2010
Gentle finger picked acoustic guitar. Mysterious and suggestive. Great for Film, TV, Documentary, Nature, Rural, Advertising and more. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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