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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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NEVSKIJ JOGGING   (by Ilya )  Composed: 38
Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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AUTUMN   (by Ilya )  Composed: 38
Folk, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES   (by Somnium )  Composed: 2013
A fingerpicked acoustic guitar is accompanied by guitar harmonics and a soft piano creating a warm, organic feel. Suitable for a photo album slide show, or anything related to romance, love, or drama. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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A FEELING OF LOVE - ACOUSTIC GUITAR   (by Somnium )  Composed: 2014
A Feeling of Love is a very warm and inviting acoustic guitar track, suitable in the background or in the foreground without a speaking voice on top. Instrumental, Folk, 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, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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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, 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, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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SPARK OF LIGHT   (by Dean Graham Wolfe )  Composed: 2014
Serious toned sparse folk verses dealing with relative losing soundness of mind; failing memory, deterioration- suited to documentary or film dealing with mental illness but keeping a spark of hope alive as chorus is upbeat and Beatles-like cello parts Elanore Rigby inspired;, Male Vocals, Folk, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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RED BIRD   (by Don Julin )  Composed: 2010
Uplifting piece featuring fingerpicked guitar and harmonica. Light and positive theme with chords that have a familiar but fresh sound. Would work in a romantic comedy or advertisement. Images of innocense, youth, first love, spring breeze. Instrumental, Folk, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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LET'S GO SHOPPING   (by Steve Barden )  Composed: 2010
A simple acoustic guitar sets the mood for a sublime easy listening moment. Folksy and non-intrusive. Works well with reality TV settings. Instrumental, Folk, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ACOUSTICLOOP32   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ACOUSTICLOOP34   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ACOUSTICLOOP36   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ACOUSTICLOOP37   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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ACOUSTICLOOP39   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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JUSTFINGERPICKING LOOP   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
Instrumental, Folk, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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JUST A THOUGHT   (by Doug Kidder )  Composed: 2014
Acoustic guitar duo ambient in a soothing shuffle cadence rhythm sounds including triangle with enhanced space building string music somewhat mystic groovy many possible uses nice depth suitable for broadcast Film/TV/Internet, Instrumental, Folk, 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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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