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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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SENTIMENTAL BALLAD (FULL INSTRUMENTALS)   (by D. Silverstone )  Composed: 2010
Romantic and pure Cinematic folk music. Innocent, calm, melodic and beautiful clean guitars duet with touches of acoustic bass and hopeful strings. warm, soft and tender. For teen and family Dramatic soundtrack, love and mellow underscore, sweet heartwarming, heartbroken, ethereal background music. Instrumental, Dramatic Music, Romantic Music
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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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SPRINGTIME   (by Wilton Vought )
Solo fingerpicked acoustic guitar. Light, airy, innocent, poignant and sincere, with a sense of beauty and joyful determination. Use under dialogue, in restaurants, nature scenes, and scenes of new love. 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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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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LIFE IN THE UNKNOWN   (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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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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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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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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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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ANOTHER DAY - SHORT INSTRUMENTAL   (by Case In Point )  Composed: 2009
Acoustic guitar finger picked, excellent for background in wide variety of quiet scenes- once where soft guitar background works. Walking, thinking, reflecting. Solo guitar, simple but emotionally effective. Very cinematic film or tv instrumental a la James Taylor or Paul Simon and Garfunkel. Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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TRACY'S GECKO   (by Matthias Wichtrup )
Instrumental Guitar piece, perfect for any sort of documentaries, 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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SQUARE ONE   (by The Gravitons )  Composed: 2010
Upbeat Acoustic Instrumental with picked nylon stinged guitars. Contemporary track with organic retro sounds with a feelgood vibe (Acoustic Rock - Nu rFolk - Indie Rock - Singer/Songwriter style), Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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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 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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A LAKE CALLED NICK   (by D. Silverstone )  Composed: 2011
Emotional, delicate and nostlagic acoustic music theme. cinematic folk underscore with pensive steel guitars, strings and viola a la nick drake. Melancholic, hopeful cue with humble passionate feel, comforting and sad atmosphere. Poignant and breathtaking background melody for longing true love. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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CAROUSEL (ACOUSTIC GUITAR INSTRUMENTAL)   (by Greg and Heidi Walker )  Composed: 2010
A bright bouncy guitar instrumental building positively into a everyday happy mood,enhanced with some light percussion, this track would be perfect for a festive happy feel. 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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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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THE WOOD DANCE   (by Doug Kidder )  Composed: 2010
A Chet Atkins style of finger picking done on acoustic guitar with no effects or any post-production treatment. Happy melody with a positive energy that will surely induce a smile. This would be fitting for film or TV where country living is the basis. Plenty of potential with catchy riffs. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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INSIDE LOVE   (by D. Silverstone )  Composed: 2012
Serene and reflective solo acoustic guitar instrumental music, Loving finger picked guitar theme. Light, comforting and romantic soft folk underscore in a sentimental, nostalgic and loving feel. pensive acoustic reflections thinking about love and past, memories and tenderness. Hopeful humble 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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TOBIT'S TRAIL   (by Larry Folk )  Composed: 2011
This piece is a walking paced finger-style guitar with some sweet runs and harmonics. One pictures walking through a wooded trail, or panning panoramic views of fields, lakes, streams, etc. This style is similar to a Travis style of fingerpicking, that I picked up from the music of Bruce Cockburn. 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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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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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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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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ACOUSTIC GUITAR DISPATCH #1   (by Corry Hanna )
Mystical, light and lovely solo acoustic guitar, whimsical. Walking down the beach, a dreamy picnic, thoughtful, contemplative. Ends in a searching minor vein. Nature scenes, soft-sell ads, flashback and dream sequences, light journeys, warmhearted romps. Travel, tropical settings, movement, water. 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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LULLABYE   (by John Craig Larson )  Composed: 2009
Solo acoustic guitar, finger style beautifully recorded in stereo. A bit of classical vibe. Working quietly with your hands, away from the hustle & bustle are what come to mind. Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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HOUSE OF DREAMS   (by William Naughton )  Composed: 2013
Melancholic, emotional, acoustic folk-rock ballad with a very slight country or blues feel, Similar feel and mood to ''Hotel California'' by the Eagles,, Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SAD DAY   (by Mark Giblin )  Composed: 2005
A sad and lonely finger picked steel guitar is joined with a haunting guitar solo. Perfect for a reflective passage, a mournful, wind-swept landscape, a ride home after the funeral, the loss of a loved one. 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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AUTUMN   (by Ilya )  Composed: 38
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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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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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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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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