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Finger-Picked Guitar


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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SONG ARTIST CATALOG ID GENRE SUBGENRE TEMPO BPM VOCAL DURATION
Solitude
Julia Dowler Julia Dowler 582764 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 0 Female Vocals 5:29
For Anthony
Anthony Davilio Anthony Davilio 517460 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Instrumental 2:55
Skyline (With Vocals)
Joel Hunger Joel Hunger 572116 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 112 Instrumental 1:56
It Isn't Love
David Van Delinder David Van Delinder 706249 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Female Vocals 4:31
I've Found You
Ramova Ramova 647365 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 68 Instrumental 2:08
Springtime
Wilton Vought Wilton Vought 567730 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 118 Instrumental 1:48
Elusive Two
Steve Barden Steve Barden 428334 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 108 Instrumental 2:21
Just a Thought
Doug Kidder Doug Kidder 704718 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 110 Instrumental 2:34
Americana Morning
Art Munson Art Munson 756706 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 100 Instrumental 1:58
Stillness IV V2
Corry Hanna Corry Hanna 244613 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 113 Instrumental 4:02
Raindance
Randy Parsons Randy Parsons 373615 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 76 Instrumental 2:14
Blue Again Today
Case In Point Case In Point 421838 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 110 Male Vocals 3:06
Moments
Assai Assai 732616 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 95 Instrumental 2:45
Marvin's Room
Texas Music Forge Texas Music Forge 549878 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 134 Instrumental 1:58
Bells for Marcel
Muriel Anderson Muriel Anderson 527462 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 132 Instrumental 2:21
Chester St Rag
Jim Ragland Jim Ragland 465598 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 92 Instrumental 1:32
Wait Just Wait (Instrumental)
The Gravitons The Gravitons 545230 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 100 Instrumental 3:00
Lonesome Acoustic Guitar
Michael Panasuk Michael Panasuk 621026 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 130 Instrumental 2:06
Folk Guitar Bed 2
Jonathan Geer Jonathan Geer 419312 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 80 Instrumental 1:27
House of Dreams
William Naughton William Naughton 592094 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 80 Instrumental 3:25
Daybreak
Mark Hewer Mark Hewer 242791 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 146 Instrumental 2:47
Across the Irish Sea (Take 2)
Paul Reece Paul Reece 741314 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 63 Instrumental 1:36
Lullaby for Ella
Jason Savell Jason Savell 554297 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 132 Instrumental 2:30
Mahuchka
Jacob Luecke Jacob Luecke 607860 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 73 Instrumental 2:44
Lovin' Livin' (Acoustic Guitar Instrumental)
Greg and Heidi Walker Greg and Heidi Walker 406003 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 120 Instrumental 2:45
Pewter
Corry Hanna Corry Hanna 519430 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Very Fast 172 Instrumental 1:34
Our Future Is Bright
Neil Hampton Neil Hampton 697048 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 80 Instrumental 2:27
Reflections 1
Pat Lajoie Pat Lajoie 429035 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 120 Instrumental 1:34
Byrd Thing
Roger Lehman Roger Lehman 378128 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Very Fast 188 Instrumental 2:33
Folking Around
Francesco Giovannangelo Francesco Giovannangelo 749884 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 104 Instrumental 2:46
Bright Outside
Kenneth Chan Kenneth Chan 462074 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 130 Instrumental 2:09
Life Is a Gift
Greg and Heidi Walker Greg and Heidi Walker 405997 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 110 Female Vocals 3:12
Gathering On Kelley's Island
Roger Lehman Roger Lehman 378243 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 115 Instrumental 3:25
Apple Barrel
Bernard Wrigley Bernard Wrigley 466945 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 128 Instrumental 1:47
Inside Love
D. Silverstone D. Silverstone 544856 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 100 Instrumental 1:50
Cider House
Jim Ragland Jim Ragland 465599 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 75 Instrumental 1:29
Loving Acoustic Ad
Somnium Somnium 624280 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 130 Instrumental 2:45
Cowboys Lament
John Powers John Powers 638671 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 120 Instrumental 2:13
Wedding Night
Geoff Abraham Geoff Abraham 360032 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 111 Instrumental 2:08
It's You (Two Guitars)
Adagio Music Adagio Music 556691 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 80 Instrumental 1:43
Acoustic Crossroads
Sonic Moon Sonic Moon 778166 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 105 Instrumental 2:03
Rural Country Side
Rudy Pusateri Rudy Pusateri 369536 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 136 Instrumental 1:40
Riverside Spring
Steve Probst Steve Probst 332458 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 78 Instrumental 2:29
A Day for Me (Underscore Version)
Max Brodie Max Brodie 532837 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 0 Instrumental 2:09
Minke SlideGtr
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 729270 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Slow 85 Instrumental 2:24
The Slap
Mark J Smith Mark J Smith 454274 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Medium 110 Instrumental 1:34
Rural Country Side
Rudy Pusateri Rudy Pusateri 380467 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 136 Instrumental 1:40
Conversation of Sorrow
Rik Roberts Rik Roberts 490608 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Slow 65 Instrumental 2:41
Acoustic Flow One
Gus Caveda Gus Caveda 366917 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Med Fast 134 Instrumental 1:29
SignalHill LeadGtr
Aaron Saloman Aaron Saloman 729284 Folk Finger-Picked Guitar Fast 152 Instrumental 1:41

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