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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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HAMPSTEAD HEATH   (by Nick Nicolas )  Composed: 2009
Relaxing, peaceful, lilting, free-flowing acoustic guitar piece. Beautiful and graceful music perfect for moments of tranquility, reflection or nostalgia. The music has a glorious feeling of lightness and calm, for romantic moments or walks in the park holding hands. 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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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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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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HOME OF THE BRAVE   (by Dan Gautreau )  Composed: 2010
A mellow and tender acoustic guitar track. Two guitars. Folky, wholesome, very slight blues or gospel feel. Melancholic and a little sad, but also comforting and heartwarming. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SHARED MEMORIES   (by Dan Phillipson )  Composed: 2011
A simple and heartwarming track with acoustic guitar and piano with a sense of looking back, remembering good times, sad times and looking to the future. Heartening / comforting / thoughtful. 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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BLUE AGAIN TODAY   (by Case In Point )  Composed: 2009
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
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GREEN FIELDS UNDER SNOW   (by Ross Milligan )  Composed: 2011
Haunting Celtic melody played by steel string guitar. Conjures up images of mountains, fields and mists in the highlands. Reflective and hypnotic, this would be ideal for an advertising promotion, relaxation, yoga or underscore for travel or nature programs. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SPRING FLOWERS (INSTRUMENTAL)   (by Case In Point )  Composed: 2010
Hypnotic, warm, beautiful solo acoustic guitar instrumental. Perfect for film / TV background or foreground- scenery, landscape, romance, holding hands, traveling, gentle movement, love. Makes great voiceover for commercials, advertisements, announcements. Good for movie trailers, documentaries. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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FEELS LIKE HOME (VOCAL VERSION)   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
With acoustic guitar, meaningful lyrics and warm vocals, this singer/songwriter presentation laments having endured anguishing events, but committed to move on with life after sweeping up glass shards of a broken life. Male vocals & acoustic guitar, authentic folk song. Great for movies an TV shows. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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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 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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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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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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TWISTED MOONLIGHT   (by The Gravitons )  Composed: 2010
Intimate, Sparse, Laid Back and Chilled Out Picked Acoustic Guitar Instrumental. Organic retro sounding. The first section is pensive/wistful & evokes feelings of melancholy, the second section (4:00) has an uplifting and optimistic feel (Nu Folk - Traditional/Contemporary folk - Singer/Songwrit, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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HAPPY GO LUCKY   (by Doug Kidder )  Composed: 2012
Happy Go Lucky is a sweet folk/country/pop tune featuring a finger picked acoustic guitar duet cheerful playful intelligent and absolutely positive uplifting and catchy with nice picking fitting a multitude of broadcast applications light bouncy advertising theme music suitable for TV/Film/Internet, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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APPLE BARREL   (by Bernard Wrigley )  Composed: 1988
Ragtime style solo acoustic guitar track. Inspired by the scene in RL Stevenson's "Treasure Island" where Jim Hawkins hides in the apple barrel and overhears treacherous talk from some of the sailors. Recorded on a Fylde guitar, handmade in UK. Medium fast pace, usable for a chase. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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GOOD OLE DAYS   (by Tim Brown )  Composed: 2012
This heartwarming, easy strum resonates an older time period, when things were simple, slow paced and friendly. Set the stage for a heartfelt campaign or product that represents honesty, carefree attitudes, and traditional valued families. Campy and fun, it will elevate the mood of any listener. 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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JESTERS MARCH   (by Midnight Squared )  Composed: 2010
It's happy, bouncy and perfect for advertisers. Good fit for most products. Think children and diapers. Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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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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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 Music, 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 Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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TURN AROUND AND GO HOME   (by Steve Trimble )
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
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ASHES TO FIRE   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2010
An acoustic, guitar and vocal track, in a Travis style fingerpicking. About unrequited love, chances missed, secret love. Great for use as a background for an emotional film or documentary score. Also may be of use for radio or TV play. A feminine love song. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SPEEDY RAG   (by Bernard Wrigley )  Composed: 1988
Ragtime style duet acoustic guitar track. Recorded on a Fylde guitar, handmade in UK. Fast pace, ideal for a chase, fast running, out of breath. Can be used as a shorter piece without the middle eight. Very catchy! Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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BADUM BAH MIX 410   (by Daniel Parker )  Composed: 2012
Finger-picking acoustic guitar instrumental with a mellow, feel good, contemplative feel. Hints of Americana are softened with long harmonics and thoughtful reverb. Could work well as narrative background in feature or documentary film. Appropriate for heart warming story in 30 or 60 seconds ads. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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I'M YOUR RIVER STONE (VOCALS)   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
Dark, rootsy, earthy singer songwriter tune with male vocals singing about how a lifetime of bumps and bruises smooths out our rough edges and polishes our sharp spots until we become very polished and smooth, much like a river stone! Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THE END OF CHIVALRY   (by The Whole Bolivian Army )  Composed: 2003
Stark, haunting beauty in the form of an acoustic ballad. Features delicate, sultry female vocals. Shadowy electric guitars add eerie texture. Lyrics explore the loss of a loved one. Suitable for drama, romance, war, tragedy. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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GRANDMA'S PORCH-60SEC.   (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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CITY OF HAPPY ONES   (by Ferenc Hegedus )  Composed: 2010
Acoustic guitar mood music. Warm, impressionistic, relaxing with a slightly folky feel and a sense of the natural and true. Instrumental, New Age Music, New Age Acoustic
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