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Finger-Picked Guitar


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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SONG ARTIST CATALOG ID GENRE SUBGENRE TEMPO BPM VOCAL DURATION
Stillness IV V2
Corry Hanna Corry Hanna 244613 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 113 Instrumental 4:02
I've Found You
Ramova Ramova 647365 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 68 Instrumental 2:08
Skyline (With Vocals)
Joel Hunger Joel Hunger 572116 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 112 Instrumental 1:56
Across the Irish Sea (Take 2)
Paul Reece Paul Reece 741314 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 63 Instrumental 1:36
For Anthony
Anthony Davilio Anthony Davilio 517460 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Instrumental 2:55
Signal Hill
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 729282 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Fast 152 Instrumental 1:41
Strings of the Heart
Anthony Davilio Anthony Davilio 534888 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 142 Instrumental 2:12
Home of the Brave
Dan Gautreau Dan Gautreau 453639 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 86 Instrumental 2:52
Twisted Moonlight
The Gravitons The Gravitons 545224 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 146 Instrumental 8:19
Folking Around
Francesco Giovannangelo Francesco Giovannangelo 749884 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 104 Instrumental 2:46
Let's Go Shopping
Steve Barden Steve Barden 428753 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 114 Instrumental 1:30
Lonesome Acoustic Guitar
Michael Panasuk Michael Panasuk 621026 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 130 Instrumental 2:06
Acoustic Guitar Comfort
John Murray John Murray 633093 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 140 Instrumental 1:28
I'm Your River Stone (Instrumental)
Evan Zappa & the Necessity Evan Zappa & the Necessity 453909 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 147 Instrumental 3:30
Southern Morning
Anthony Proveaux Anthony Proveaux 733409 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 94 Instrumental 2:29
Fingerpicked Acoustic Guitar Dream
Alan Brian Curtis Alan Brian Curtis 456837 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 120 Instrumental 2:07
Daniel Admon - People (Conviniently Obliviuse)
Itzik Daniel Admon Itzik Daniel Admon 620690 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 0 Male Vocals 5:22
Just a Thought
Doug Kidder Doug Kidder 704718 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 110 Instrumental 2:34
Blue Again Today
Case In Point Case In Point 421838 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 110 Male Vocals 3:06
Raindance
Randy Parsons Randy Parsons 373615 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 76 Instrumental 2:14
Feels Like Home (Instrumental Version)
Evan Zappa & the Necessity Evan Zappa & the Necessity 453254 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 107 Instrumental 2:58
Springtime
Wilton Vought Wilton Vought 567730 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 118 Instrumental 1:48
Dimples
Denis Turbide Denis Turbide 553754 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 100 Instrumental 2:22
Enigma (Acoustic Guitar Instumental)
Greg and Heidi Walker Greg and Heidi Walker 405998 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 126 Instrumental 3:04
A Morning Star
Evens Colas Evens Colas 554542 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 77 Instrumental 1:35
Elusive Two
Steve Barden Steve Barden 428334 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 108 Instrumental 2:21
Story Time
Dean Graham Wolfe Dean Graham Wolfe 695496 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 87 Instrumental 4:13
Marvin's Room
Texas Music Forge Texas Music Forge 549878 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 134 Instrumental 1:58
Minke Bass
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 729266 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Instrumental 2:24
Tobit's Trail
Larry Folk Larry Folk 454358 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 104 Instrumental 2:05
House of Dreams
William Naughton William Naughton 592094 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 80 Instrumental 3:25
Holding Together
Steve Luck Steve Luck 772368 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 98 Instrumental 1:25
Sundays
Denis Turbide Denis Turbide 635794 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 134 Instrumental 2:11
Snowfall
Adam Scourfield Adam Scourfield 575288 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 100 Instrumental 1:21
Dreaming in the Country
Island Letter Island Letter 795928 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 90 Instrumental 3:10
This Is Just to Say
Ross Milligan Ross Milligan 456484 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 117 Instrumental 2:08
Hope for Families
Evens Colas Evens Colas 554690 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 79 Instrumental 2:23
Picking Time
Winthrop Brookhouse Winthrop Brookhouse 757830 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Instrumental 3:07
Americana Morning
Art Munson Art Munson 756706 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 100 Instrumental 1:58
Reflections
Joseph Rusnak Joseph Rusnak 622083 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 129 Instrumental 2:28
Pain - Instrumental
Jens Larsson Jens Larsson 487752 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Very Slow 58 Instrumental 1:50
The Wood Dance
Doug Kidder Doug Kidder 420882 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 135 Instrumental 2:37
Seasons
Pierre Mineault Pierre Mineault 631023 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 99 Instrumental 1:32
Minke NoBass
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 729267 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Instrumental 2:24
After the Battle Alt1
Denis Turbide Denis Turbide 635551 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 132 Instrumental 1:20
In Love - Underscore
Jens Larsson Jens Larsson 568449 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 72 Instrumental 3:10
SignalHill NoLeadGtr
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 729285 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Fast 152 Instrumental 1:41
Flicker and Fly
Patrick Williams Patrick Williams 780590 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 140 Instrumental 3:21
Rural Country Side
Rudy Pusateri Rudy Pusateri 380467 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 136 Instrumental 1:40
SignalHill Bass
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 729283 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Fast 152 Instrumental 1:41

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