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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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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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SUMMER IS HERE   (by Somnium )  Composed: 2013
A simple, warm and bright track with fingerpicked acoustic guitar and bells. In the second half of the song claps and a shaker are added for a more rhythmic feel. Perfect for advertising / commercial or as a background track in a corporate presentation. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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MOUNTAIN TOP   (by Kenneth Chan )  Composed: 2011
Bright and lively acoustic guitar with piano. Mellow and warm vibe. TV instrumental, Commercials, Energetic, Happy. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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BRIGHT OUTSIDE   (by Kenneth Chan )  Composed: 2011
Sparkling Acoustic Guitar with lively strings and percussion. Positive and emotive feel. Building energy. Commercials, TV instrumental. 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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FOLK GUITAR BED 1   (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 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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BEGINNERS   (by Rob Johnson )  Composed: 2011
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. Simple, catchy tune that is light 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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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 Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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AUTUMN STARS   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
This song is driven by a couple of finger picked acoustic guitars, accompanied by a strummed ukulele with a folksy feel, along with a piano, electric piano, and a pad to give it an ethereal feel. Invokes feelings of riding in the back seat of a car at night, looking out of the window at the stars. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ACOUSTIC FLOW ONE   (by Gus Caveda )  Composed: 2009
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
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DIMPLES   (by Denis Turbide )  Composed: 2011
Solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar. A mellow little piece that would work very nicely in rural country settings, nature shows or documentaries, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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LAMENT   (by Mark J Smith )  Composed: 2011
Lament is a haunting solo acoustic guitar piece that would work well for any scene showing despair, sadness, hopelessness, tragedy, or just about any dark subject. TV, Film, Advertisement, and Web Applications. Drama scene showing Sadness, Loss, Tragedy, Uncertain, Disillusion, Vulnerable, Woeful .. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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GREEN JEWEL GUITAR   (by Anders Ekengren )  Composed: 2012
A guitar song influenced by Ireland, With love and reunion. Light, airy, breezy, like a spring day in the meadow. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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DAYBREAK   (by Mark Hewer )  Composed: 2000
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
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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 Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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FINGERPICKED ACOUSTIC GUITAR DREAM   (by Alan Brian Curtis )  Composed: 2011
Finger picked acoustic guitar cue with a folksy Americana feel ala Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Cheryl Crow. Perfect accompaniment for a romantic or quaint TV or movie scene. Also great for voiceover. Very dreamy mellow warm trendy and calming qualities to this track. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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MARCHING SAINTS   (by Roger Lehman )  Composed: 1985
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
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BYRD THING   (by Roger Lehman )  Composed: 2009
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
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CHAKRA   (by CyberSlunk )  Composed: 2010
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
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NEVSKIJ JOGGING   (by Ilya )  Composed: 38
Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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AUTUMN   (by Ilya )  Composed: 38
Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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CHESTER ST RAG   (by Jim Ragland )  Composed: 2011
Amazing solo ragtime guitar piece. Sounds like two guitars, but it isn't. Make a great silent movie score, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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IN THE SUN   (by Jim Ragland )  Composed: 2011
Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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G RAG   (by Jim Ragland )  Composed: 2011
Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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PAIN - INSTRUMENTAL   (by Jens Larsson )  Composed: 2011
A sad song for the ones left behind. Lost love or missing someone so bad you just can´t take it. A beautiful piano plays the melody and pizzicato strings and contra-bass does the backup. Dramatic movies. People losing their dear ones in a tragic way. Disease, Going through a painful divorce, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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IN LOVE - PIANO GUITAR VERSION   (by Jens Larsson )  Composed: 2013
And emotional song about being unsure if your love is answered. And the pain you feel in you heart. Acoustic guitar, Electric bass and piano gives a unpugged feel, very naked and vulnerable. Instrumental, Pop Music, Acoustic Pop
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ESCAPE   (by Elite Sync Lab )  Composed: 2011
Sitting on the dock of a bay with nothing but a guitar, the setting sun, and the gentle patter of the rain. Get lost in the serenity and tranquility of it all. Resounding strings, mourning pads, and moving synths. Works well in relaxation, fishing, yoga, painting, reading, and chillaxing scenes. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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DREAMER   (by Evren Edler )  Composed: 2011
Extremely calm ballad with a relaxing and positive vibe. Created by 6 Acoustic Guitar Ensemble all recorded live. Great for a Romantic Scene, Family Movie, Reality Show or background on a montage scenes or nature scenes. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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MISERY LOVES COMPANY   (by Sara Groban )  Composed: 2011
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
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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 Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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A DAY FOR ME   (by Max Brodie )  Composed: 2011
Acoustic / Reminiscent / Easy Listening. Featuring mainly acoustic and nylon strung guitars, this track gives off a feeling gentle and beautiful vibe. The slow pace adds a reflectional twist to the piece. Easy-going, mellow, relaxed and reflective. Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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STRINGS OF THE HEART   (by Anthony Davilio )  Composed: 2012
Pretty bed track with solo finger picked guitar. Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 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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AHEAHE   (by Lee Jones )  Composed: 2012
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
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CAROLINE   (by Lee Jones )  Composed: 2012
An acoustic guitar and ukulele version of soft rock. Mid tempo duet between two stringed instruments that kinda talk to each other. Could be used for walking in the woods, hiking, mountain climbing, motorcycle cruising. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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MILLIPEDE   (by Lee Jones )  Composed: 2012
Slow moving piece done with the classical guitar on lead. Could be used for walking through the woods, hiking on a trail, watching a sunset or sunrise. Nature scenes, insects working or playing, marching, eating, nesting. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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PETI ROJO   (by Lee Jones )  Composed: 2012
Medium tempo piece with the classical guitar doing the lead. Could be used for walking through the woods, hiking a trail, riding a bicycle, running, windsurfing, parasailing. Could also be used for viewing scenery, mountain, forest, woods. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ROSEWOOD & KOA   (by Lee Jones )  Composed: 2012
A little sprited, sprightly duet with a classical guitar and an ukulele. Could be used for running through the woods, hiking a trail, driving a car, riding a bicycle, watching a motorboat or windsurfer. Could even work for TV ad. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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WOODEN TRAIL   (by Lee Jones )  Composed: 2012
A medium tempo instrumental featuring the classical guitar. Could be used for walking through the woods, hiking a trail, riding a bicycle. Would also work well for TV ads. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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BLUE DRAGONFLY   (by Lee Jones )  Composed: 2012
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
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MURIEL ANDERSON ~ BELLS FOR MARCEL   (by Muriel Anderson )  Composed: 2012
Fingerstyle guitar with light accompaniment, joyful lyrical melody, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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