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.
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
Romantic and storytelling guitar in medieval tones. Influenced by Greg Joy's celtic ballads. Dancing and swirling, poetic and graceful. Good for historical or fantasy themes. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
Hopeful and longing modern acoustic love theme. A soothing and delicate underscore featuring acoustic guitars, piano, driving beat and strings. Best for romantic scenes, sentimental urban love, city life hope, innocent comport, content dreams and pure reflections. Instrumental, Dramatic, Calm Mellow Music
Contemplative, passionate, mellow Folky instrumental (hint of Spanish classical) with acoustic guitar and mandolin. Fitting for themes like travel, romance, drama, indie, elegant dining parties, and more. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
Hopeful optimistic acoustic feeling good music with acoustic guitar, gentle rhythm with brush drums and bass. Positive upbeat light background music with a pleasant playful singer songwriter / country feeling in medium tempo. "Happy Acoustic Summer" is made for buoyant cheerful film video projects. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
A solo acoustic finger-picked slide guitar piece with a positive major key country blues and folk feel. A nice steady but easy going rhythm at a medium tempo. James Taylor, Windham Hill guitar, Leo Kottke, Acoustic Allman Brothers. All real instruments and studio musicians. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
A gentle folk waltz. Fingerstyle acoustic guitar plays a rhythm interspersed with chiming harmonics, picked acoustic guitar plays a beautiful melody overtop. Hints of maritime influence and sense of fond nostalgia makes this the perfect track for scenes of natural beauty, retrospectives, and travel. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
A quietly uplifting and poignant acoustic guitar track. Light fingerpicking is joined by emotional slide guitar. Subtle bass provides the foundation, while delicate synth pads swirl in the background. For memories & retrospectives, nature & outdoors, positive advertising, or a simple country morning, Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
“Moments” is a beautiful and positive acoustic and electric guitars track. Great as background music for an inspiring film, social video, advertising, wedding video, presentation, website and any project that needs an inspiring and positive vibe. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
A lone acoustic guitar often makes the perfect background sound to enhance a mood, emotion, feeling, or solidify the scenario of many Film and TV scenes, Documentaries, and Corporate presentations. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
Soft driving acoustic background music with a forward thinking and a emotional relaxed calm everyday atmosphere. Warm positive simple background music with airy folk acoustic guitar, piano bass and drums in medium tempo. Laid back dreamy underscore for tv, film, video, vlog, blog, website, holiday. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
Coming home to friends, family, and loved ones. This upbeat acoustic track gives a feeling of happiness, and togetherness. The instrumental features 7 acoustic guitars with a melody. Perfect for commercials, scenes of picnics on a sunny day, people enjoying things together or nature scenes. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
Acoustic guitar duet converses in a combination of Blues guitar lines and Classical guitar rhythms. Second part gets very baroque by hinting at classical dances. Great textures for underscoring history documentaries. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
Cute and nostalgic acoustic guitar. Folk, pop and jazz influences great for wholesome, family moments, romance, reminiscing or any project in need of an organic and simple guitar track. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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, Finger-Picked Guitar
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
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, Finger-Picked Guitar
This indie-folk tune is inspirational and nostalgic. It features acoustic guitars and ukulele, delicately playing off of eachother. The mood is hopeful and peaceful, perfect for all sorts of video projects. Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar
Natural sounding solo acoustic finger style guitar with mandolin embellishments for country, nature, rural farmland, ranch settings; denotes wholesomeness or products and corporate responsibility and community caring; has a sweeping uplifting broadening atmospheric finish, Instrumental, Folk, Finger-Picked Guitar