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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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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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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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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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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 Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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PENNY ANTE POKER (90)   (by Wilton Vought )
Fingerpicked and flatpicked acoustic guitar duet with a carefree, whimsical folk blues vibe and a pulsing, syncopated rhythmic groove. Use under dialogue in commercials and/or any situation where a happy, laid back, old timey feel is called for. 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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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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EMPTY SPACES   (by George and Marguerite )  Composed: 2008
A short acoustic guitar piece with a haunting and cautious melody. Good for suspense, drama and crime scene investigations. Great southwest feeling, big vistas, open landscapes, lone drifter seeking his way. Western documentary, cowboy love story, campfire stories, cattle ride hardships, loneliness. 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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GUIT DIDLIN'   (by Roger Lehman )  Composed: 2004
Fun and upbeat, featuring energetic acoustic fingerpicking that creates an exciting, rowdy mood. Great "chase scene" music. 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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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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LULLABY FOR ELLA   (by Jason Savell )  Composed: 2012
This classical guitar duet brings things down a notch with soothing, peaceful bedtime music. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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A HAMMOCK AFTERNOON   (by Jason Savell )  Composed: 2013
A low key lullaby for fingerpicked solo guitar creates a soothing mood for anything from rural movie/TV settings to corporate videos, websites, apps, etc. 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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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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EARLY MORNING   (by Steve Urwin )  Composed: 2008
Waltz with a simple gentle refrain light but strong melody, easy to remember. The dawn arrives and the light begins to rise in a countryside meadow of fresh flowers. Sweet and pleasant, classical and simple. The best track for a sunrise or sunset. A romance rekindles in a chance meeting again. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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MY SECRET GARDEN   (by Roger Lehman )  Composed: 1985
Up tempo solo finger style acoustic guitar with an Appalachian flavor. This song is an instrumental representation of a tour through the most fantastic garden that you have ever "seen" with your ear. Just close your eyes and enjoy the tour! Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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REUNION   (by The Vultures )  Composed: 2007
Twangy solo country guitar picking, perfect for backwoods, folksy, 1920's, 1930's, rural, hillbilly, swamp folk, old beatup pickup driving, wife's barefoot and pregnant with three kids. 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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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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SEASONS   (by Pierre Mineault )  Composed: 2013
Acoustic guitar instrumental about the changing of seasons. Featuring melodic guitar lines with slight reverb, written with the image of leaves falling and changing color, snow falling and melting, plants awakening form the winter slumber. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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OH LORD   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 2005
Lonely acoustic guitars with a gentle vocal expressing thoughts of a passing time. Song explores an introspective person lamenting his past deeds. Quiet, and thoughtful song of a person sharing his regrets to a close friend. Perfect for a Wes Anderson style moment. solitude, Male Vocals, Dramatic Music, Contemplative Music
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SNOWFALL   (by Adam Scourfield )  Composed: 2013
A peaceful, calm mood with a reflective tone that is spacious and poignant. Subtle minor/major key solo piano that portrays a simple moment of romantic love or tender thoughts of remembrance. Perfect for memory flash montage, being with one’s thoughts, nature, establishing emotional tone, 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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CONVERSATION OF SORROW   (by Rik Roberts )  Composed: 2008
A beautiful dialogue of acoustic guitars with varying ambiences, against a backdrop of desolate wind effects and a monk-style vocal, depicts as the title suggests. For charity adverts, world sorrow, appeals, lost love, regret, mourning, death, funerals, rememberence, desolate landscapes. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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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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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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DREAMER   (by Evren Edler )  Composed: 2011
Extremely calm ballad with a relaxing and positive vibe. Created by 6 Acoustic Guitar Ensemble all recorded live. Great for a Romantic Scene, Family Movie, Reality Show or background on a montage scenes or nature scenes. Instrumental, Folk Music, Finger-Picked Guitar
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PAIN - INSTRUMENTAL   (by Jens Larsson )  Composed: 2011
A sad song for the ones left behind. Lost love or missing someone so bad you just can´t take it. A beautiful piano plays the melody and pizzicato strings and contra-bass does the backup. Dramatic movies. People losing their dear ones in a tragic way. Disease, Going through a painful divorce, 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 Music, 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 Music, 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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NEVSKIJ JOGGING   (by Ilya )  Composed: 38
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