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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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ON THIS TRAIN   (by Colin O'Dwyer )  Composed: 2010
Folk pop song a la James Taylor and John Denver about traveling the United States of America on a train! Great for light music during travel programming ie, The Travel Channel. Very laid back, soft and easy programming. Good for children's shows aka Nickelodeon or Nick Jr. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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RAINDANCE   (by Randy Parsons )
Lovely, minor key, evocative acoustic guitar instrumental with fingerpicking style underneath and overdubbed lead parts. Sounds like Crosby Stills and Nash. Great for film or tv contemplative scene. Four layers of sound. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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GATHERING ON KELLEY'S ISLAND   (by Roger Lehman )
Very pretty and festive finger style acoustic guitar instrumental melody in waltz time, bright, satisfied, and somewhat sentimental. This is about a family gathering on an island in the great lakes reagion of north america, 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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SUNDAYS   (by Denis Turbide )  Composed: 2011
A contemplative fingerstyle guitar piece with a rolling theme throughout, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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JUSTFINGERPICKING LOOP   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ENIGMA (ACOUSTIC GUITAR INSTUMENTAL)   (by Greg and Heidi Walker )  Composed: 2010
This dreamy light guitar instrumental gives you a tranquil yet hopeful feel, casual yet contemplative, perfect for a fun positive mood. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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FACE OF A PAINTER   (by Jonathan Thomas Stratman )  Composed: 1968
Soothing instrumental love song. Gentle, open arrangement of acoustic guitars, mandolin and murmur of piano. String section builds to modulation in the third verse, and introduction of a simple hand drum. Supports images or narration in a gentle build to a new scene, a loving climax. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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LEISURE TIME   (by Rik Roberts )  Composed: 2012
Gorgeous acoustic guitar duo with very catchy melody and hooks. Simple, smooth, with a distinct air of sophistication. A real winner for leisure and cultural events, lifestyle, homes and property, cooking, family scenes, DIY and gardening products and shows, sports, relaxation, arts and crafts etc. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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FAREWELL   (by Ilya )  Composed: 38
Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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NORTH FACING   (by Jon Cooper )  Composed: 2010
Soft and intimate acoustic guitar layers, mysterious and melancholic. 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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OUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT   (by Neil Hampton )  Composed: 2014
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
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RED ELEPHANT   (by Kenneth Chan )  Composed: 2012
Shimmering Acoustic Guitar with Piano and Strings. Uplifting, Tranquil, Mellow, Innocent, and Sincere. Emotive and Lightly Dramatic. Good for Commercials, Website, TV Instrumental. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SWAMP HOLLOW ROAD   (by Wilton Vought )
Your dog died. The sheriff smashed your still. You don't even have enough money to get your shotgun out of hock, but with the way you feel that's a GOOD thing. Fingerpicked acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, and drums, with piano & haunting lap steel added in the second half. Moody, lone cowboy. Instrumental, Americana Music, Americana Roots
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THE BIZARRE ETHNIC STRING INSTRUMENT   (by Rik Roberts )  Composed: 2009
An acoustic guitar is duplicated numerous times and pitch shifted to create one beautiful, big, bizarre and highly exotic ethnic string instrument! Magical, soulful, rootsy and very earthy! Original to the core. Travel, adventure, cultural and roadtrips, also good for commercials and ethnic fashion. 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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RIVERSIDE SPRING   (by Steve Probst )  Composed: 2009
INSTRUMENTAL ACOUSTIC guitar melody/finger picking ala W. G. Snuffy Walden, Dan Fogelberg, NO Virtual Instruments. It's the real thing! In 3/4. Song form: ABABA. Walk in the hills, flowing stream/river, outdoor, or nostalgia scene. Station ID for PBS. Sunny romance, lighthearted playful and friendly, 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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INTO THE WIND   (by Deep )  Composed: 2014
Tender, uplifting modern folk track played on acoustic guitars accompanied by lilting glockenspiels and flutes. Honest and thoughtful song with a positive, sincere sentiment and a lush, organic, natural sound. 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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SITTIN' ON THE PORCH   (by Jonathan Geer )  Composed: 2010
Simple, sparse folksy guitar lines immediately conjure images of an easy summer day. Imagine yourself fishing, standing in a creek with your jeans rolled up or sitting back on the porch with a glass of lemonade. 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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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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COUNTRY MOMENT   (by Greg Patmore )
A bluesy bluegrass piece of acoustic guitar that has a hint of cowboys riding slowing out on the hot plains. A ballad that is laid back with a hint of the traditional roots of Irish folk tunes. You can picture the swagger, the hanging out on the veranda, the hillbillies, the heat, the outback, 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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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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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 Music, 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 Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ACOUSTICLOOP32   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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LULLABY   (by Denis Turbide )  Composed: 2010
A smooth fingerstyle guitar instrumental with a steady rhythm that could be used for scenes with a new addition to the family, a warm cottage in the woods, rainy days. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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GREEN FOG   (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, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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LOST TIME   (by Denis Turbide )  Composed: 2011
An upbeat solo fingerstyle guitar piece with soaring notes throughout. It would work well with happy celebrations, family, nature and rural scenes. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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FOLK LIKE US   (by Deep )  Composed: 2014
Soaring, haunting modern folk track played on acoustic guitars, flute and glockenspiel. Honest and thoughtful song with a positive, sincere sentiment and a lush, organic, natural sound. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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DERIVATIVES   (by Denis Turbide )  Composed: 2014
Tender moments while walking through sunlit fields, 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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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 Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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MURIEL IN MUIR WOODS   (by Charles Roland Berry )  Composed: 2012
Tender, romantic, dreamy, melodic guitar solo. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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NOSTALGIE   (by Ilya )  Composed: 38
Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SIMPLE TIMES   (by Doug Kidder )  Composed: 2014
guitar pickin country folk simple A/B melody variable bpm, Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SIGNS OF SOFTNESS   (by D. Silverstone )  Composed: 2011
Slow and reflective acoustic guitar theme music. Somewhere between slow post rock and jazzy atmosphere. Featuring guitars, bells and jazz drums. Considering, contemplative and soft. a little beat of nick drake in a calm, twilight soundtrack, moody romance, tranquil evening melancholy underscore. 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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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 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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LOVING ACOUSTIC AD   (by Somnium )  Composed: 2013
This soft and breezy indie folk pop acoustic track is perfect as background in a romantic love scene or ad / commercial. It also works well as a music bed in a photo album slide show with pictures of family. It features acoustic guitar, piano, soft drums, percussion and strings. 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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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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SUMMER LOVERS   (by Rob Johnson )  Composed: 2009
Folk music with a happy, warm and sunny vibe. Great music to underscore a sunny day, nature, kids playing, a romantic scene or any scene that needs a little warmth and positive emotion. Catchy tune that is light, upbeat and sincere. All about romance, rainbows in the sky, charming and sweet melody. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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