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milk_can
07-28-2005, 01:22 PM
I'm seriously trying to improve my fingerpicking technique, which songs are good to practice fingerpicking with? I'll try to down load some mp3s or something. Oh, what are some good fingerpicking drills to work on, normally i just hold down a chord and pick in a pattern but now i want to pick more melodic and sound more musical. Thanks.

Gutch220
07-28-2005, 01:26 PM
Road Trippin- RHCP

Russ_Newf
07-28-2005, 01:27 PM
Dont Think Twice Its Alright- Bob Dylan
Landslide- Fleetwood Mac
Blackbird- Beatles

bigj78
07-28-2005, 01:32 PM
i fingerpick pretty much any* arpeggio, but thats just easier for me

Mental Hop
07-28-2005, 01:34 PM
Mystery Train

metalicarules24
07-28-2005, 01:36 PM
nothing else matters-metallica

gamester714
07-28-2005, 01:37 PM
tesla, love song

dre-0
07-28-2005, 01:44 PM
A perfect Circle-3 Libras

IamJonsCranium
07-28-2005, 01:46 PM
broken - seether.

hunger strike - temple of the dog.

most any 3 doors down.

simple man - damn i forget the origional, not into the classics much, but shinedown redid it?

who did simple man?

loonyguitarist
07-28-2005, 01:52 PM
Lynyrd Skynyrd?

weedmasta76
07-28-2005, 02:00 PM
loggins and messina- love song and danny's song.
if you can master the finger picking on these songs you're good to go... oldie but goodie.

milk_can
07-28-2005, 02:20 PM
hmmm, most of these tunes i haven't heard of. But thanks a lot, guys, i'll try to download some of these tunes and learn them. Oh what are some good ways to work on Fingerpicking? How do YOU practice?

TeenWolf
07-28-2005, 02:26 PM
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant

Elton John - Your Song (check guitarnoise.com)

G. Love - Gimme Some Lovin' (wish I could play this)

Loggins and Messina - House at Pooh Corner

TeenWolf
07-28-2005, 02:27 PM
I've never tried fingerpicking exercises...IMO, they're kind of pointless. I'd rather skip the middle man and just start practicing the actual song.

IamJonsCranium
07-28-2005, 02:29 PM
Originally posted by loonyguitarist
Lynyrd Skynyrd?

yes, he does simple man

i practice by just learning songs. seems to be the best way to me.

clockworkorange
07-28-2005, 02:53 PM
opeth-anything



clapton-hey hey and zeppelin- going to california
will both REALLY improve your technique because they both have bass lines with the thumb and insane fingerpicking with your other fingers.
good stuff, takes a while to get used to

whatever

Pi_Guitar
07-28-2005, 04:06 PM
Originally posted by Gutch220
Road Trippin- RHCP
:cheers: One of my favorite songs.

Also: Blackbird - The Beatles.

jimtaka
07-29-2005, 01:50 AM
haha is it really possible that no one has said classical gas yet? amazing! but yeah classical gas (mason williams) and blackbird (the beatles) and dust in the wind (kansas) are my favorite fingerpickin songs. oh and also it was indeed lynyrd skynyrd who did the original simple man, but beware because there's also a completely different song by charlie daniel's band also called simple man. you don't want to download that looking for fingerpicking.

boxcarblink41
07-29-2005, 03:13 AM
First day of my life - Bright eyes.

Great song.

TeenBite
07-29-2005, 05:16 AM
Creed - One Last Breath. I can't believe no one has said that yet!

qui_123456
07-29-2005, 09:41 AM
led zep-stairway to heaven (intro), RHCP- my friends, jack johnson-taylor

FacingUsAll
07-29-2005, 09:47 AM
"Dust In the Wind" - Kansas

You can fingerpick the piano part for "Brick" by Ben Folds Five.

Fingerpicking "Good Riddance (Time of your Life)" by Green Day helps too.

The more patterns you can teach your fingers, the better :)

Zeppelin256
07-29-2005, 12:06 PM
yes, he does simple man

He? Lynyrd Skynyrd is a band.

But anyway, I would second Nothing Else Matters and Dust in the Wind. Classical Gas is a good one too, but it's a bit more difficult that the others. Actually, I have more trouble playing Blackbird that I do Classical Gas...:confused:

D-Fens
07-29-2005, 12:17 PM
Brain Damage sounds good on an acoustic fingerpicked. Acoustic version of Love Of My Life by Queen is good. I know people are going to laugh, but Unbreak My Heart is good for fingers.

Firenze
07-29-2005, 12:50 PM
Pretty much any Nirvana song off of Unplugged, Nothing Else Matters, the acoustic verse of Fade to Black (its a little tricky at first) by Metallica...Californication, I guess...

TeenWolf
07-29-2005, 01:19 PM
Originally posted by Zeppelin256
He? Lynyrd Skynyrd is a band.

Nuh uh, my high school gym teacher was named "Lynyrd Skynyrd"

Calum_Barrow
07-29-2005, 01:26 PM
Originally posted by Russ_Newf
Blackbird- Beatles
:cheers:
That's a really good one.
I also really like "Streets Of London" - Ralph McTell, which is a really good to fingerpick (if you have the right tab)

Zeppelin256
07-29-2005, 03:08 PM
Nuh uh, my high school gym teacher was named "Lynyrd Skynyrd"

I guess I stand corrected...

Mace_37
07-29-2005, 03:16 PM
k, everyone is naming picking songs, not finger picking songs.

Classical Gas, Road Tripping, Babe I'm gonna leave you, Dust in the wind, Blackbird, Under the bridge, I should've lied, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Landslide. That is all that I can think of off of the top of my head.

grx20l
07-29-2005, 04:07 PM
kansas-dust in the wind

Revan
07-30-2005, 02:45 AM
Originally posted by TeenWolf
Nuh uh, my high school gym teacher was named "Lynyrd Skynyrd"

Didn't he spell it more like "Lenard Skinard"? Then you changed it to protect him from identity theft or sumthin?

I suggest a little one I call Stairway to Heaven

steelers82
07-30-2005, 04:07 PM
better man by pearl jam is fun easy one

TeenBite
07-30-2005, 05:24 PM
Originally posted by TeenWolf
Nuh uh, my high school gym teacher was named "Lynyrd Skynyrd"

Haha, you're sigged TeenWolf.

zerospace
07-30-2005, 08:03 PM
The White Pass Trail by Laurence Juber is a great song. It's in DADGAD tuning and some parts are fast, but it's really fun to play.

Blackbullet
07-30-2005, 09:16 PM
Bron-y-aur stomp, Babe im gunna leave you, Road trippin, Black bird.....erm Malaguena (??) both versions I suppose.

awesom-o4000
07-30-2005, 10:21 PM
Blackbird-beatles and Dust in the wind-Kansas

ledzepkid69
08-01-2005, 12:40 AM
Originally posted by Zeppelin256
He? Lynyrd Skynyrd is a band.

But anyway, I would second Nothing Else Matters and Dust in the Wind. Classical Gas is a good one too, but it's a bit more difficult that the others. Actually, I have more trouble playing Blackbird that I do Classical Gas...:confused:


thank you..

jimtaka
08-01-2005, 01:15 AM
yeah classical gas is much easier than blackbird i think. classical gas is generally thought to be much harder than it is. i guess it's because it sounds so great. just because something sounds amazing doesn't mean it's hard! classical gas sounds amazing when played well and it's really not that hard once you get the patterns down.

and also, someone mentioned landslide which is a GREAT reccomendation, i can't believe i left that out of my original post. landslide is a fantastic song!

Mace_37
08-01-2005, 09:35 AM
^ya, crazy simple, but you need a Capo to play it properly.

maidensk8nSox
08-01-2005, 12:48 PM
Originally posted by Mace_37
k, everyone is naming picking songs, not finger picking songs.

Babe I'm gonna leave you, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp

I didn't know Babe I'm Gonna Leave You was fingerpicked. To my knowledge it isn't. But I might be mistaken.

And I'm almost positive that Bron-Y-Aur Stomp is hybrid picking. Meaning he uses his pick and his middle, ring, and pinky. That's how I play it at least.

A good fingerpicking song is Bron-Y-Aur.

moe_d
08-01-2005, 03:00 PM
Originally posted by awesom-o4000
Blackbird-beatles and Dust in the wind-Kansas

Mention something that hasnt been already said so many times..

Yes - Mood for a day
Led zeppelin - Black mountain side
yardbirds - white summer

moe_d
08-01-2005, 03:50 PM
oh yea and Genesis- Horizons is good too

Custom24lover
08-02-2005, 10:17 AM
Bron-Yr-Aur is definitely my favorite. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is hybrid picking, but you can play it fingerstyle. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You has to be my favorite song by Led.

startingline
08-02-2005, 12:40 PM
dynamite hack - boyz in the hood

its a ****in great song. . .

weezer ate cake
08-22-2005, 08:01 AM
i always like finger picking classical ones like beethoven/bach- just search for classical as artist on this site and it will bring up a few

daddyfrodo
08-22-2005, 08:44 PM
I found Stairway to Heaven to be a good fingerpicking song, also try Creed's arms wide open, and Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven.
Good Finger Picking Songs.

the_furk
08-22-2005, 09:09 PM
My favorite finger picked song to play is an instrumental off of CKY's new album called Behind the Screams. But FYI the tab on this website isn't the best one.

sandwich_man
08-23-2005, 09:57 AM
the intro to under the bridge
confusion - zutons
octopus's garden - beatles

Civi13
08-23-2005, 09:19 PM
Don't forget "Dear Prudence" by The Beatles

patterson_22
08-23-2005, 11:10 PM
a great song for this would be Satellite by the Dave Matthews Band... the main riff stems from a finger exercise... its also fun to play! oh and another very similar song is Every Breath You Take by the Police...

GreenZepplin65
08-24-2005, 06:48 PM
Bron-Yr-aur (Led Zeppelin)
Stairway To Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
Babe Im Gonna Leave You (Led Zeppelin)
Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles
Blackbird (The Beatles)
Tears In Heaven (Eric Clapton)
Classical Gas (Mason Williams)

Just A Couple Of The Better Known Ones

§tratocaster
08-31-2005, 11:46 PM
yeah i agree with metallicarules...nothin else matters is a good fingerpickin song.

Lycan
09-01-2005, 02:32 AM
Lovers Cross - Jim Croce, now thats a bitch to play, constent chord changing.

Semi-Ario5491
09-01-2005, 10:34 AM
eric clapton- Tears in Heaven , fantastic song

sublimedude
09-01-2005, 08:28 PM
dust in the wind by kansas

groll01
09-02-2005, 01:31 PM
windy and warm

Iluvpowerchords
09-02-2005, 01:49 PM
Iron and Wine - Such Great Heights

Calum_Barrow
09-02-2005, 02:22 PM
just like to add...
Anji - Bert Jansch

Simon & Garfunkel covered it as an instrumental on "Sounds Of Silence". both are great songs to play (cause theyre like identical anyway)

drevil814
09-02-2005, 05:55 PM
Minuet in G - Johann Sebastian Bach

weezer ate cake
09-02-2005, 06:40 PM
anybody have a midi of the guitar part for dust in the wind? i need the timing.

josiecat
09-03-2005, 03:26 PM
If you are crazy good...Justin King-ashes...i cant seem to find the tabs though...download it...if you find the tabs...PM me.

Juggernaut
09-03-2005, 03:46 PM
under the bridge - RHCP
one last breath - Creed

Mikelino
09-15-2005, 12:06 PM
apart from the popular classic tunes already mentioned such as Blackbird, Landslide, Dust in the Wind etc... there's a really nice fingerpicking song on the new Paul Mccartney's album called "Jenny Wren"; great fun to play; it uses sort of a Blackbird-style picking. Don't know if there's a tab for it yet but it is definitely worth learning

dragoneo101
03-04-2008, 10:51 AM
Oh come on..... nobody has said it yet?

Crazy on You, by Heart. The intro is good for fingerpicking. Plus its a great song, lets face it. =P

akack
03-04-2008, 10:59 AM
Love Will Keep Us Alive by Eagles is the best fingerpicking exercise there is. Possibly best song fingerpicking song too.

grengsdavid
03-05-2008, 12:09 AM
yeah how bout"dust in the wind" its so cool to play cuz it makes me smile then i get big happy again

F1rst_T
03-05-2008, 12:40 AM
Um...How about Eriatarka-The Mars Volta :)

Not originally played on acoustic OR fingerpicked. But it sounds absolutely beautiful that way.

adam4119
09-13-2008, 01:13 PM
also,
i can tell that we are going to be friends - white stripes

Fizzyx
09-14-2008, 05:00 PM
White Lion - When the Children Cry

etaksdal
09-15-2008, 04:10 PM
Check out Sweet Potato by John Renbourn.

Heres a video of him playing the tune
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EH3Bh3Sc2k&feature=related

the spiker
09-15-2008, 06:25 PM
"The Bard's Song" by Blind Guardian. Great for two people to play together. :)

Pernicano22
09-15-2008, 08:10 PM
White Lion - When the Children Cry
+567,235,567,345.94400320065

Steve BP
09-16-2008, 05:38 PM
Beatles:
Dear Prudence (in drop D ...)
Julia (capo on II)

Bruce Cockburn:
Foxglove (in open C tuning)
Pacing the Cage (Capo on IV)
Train in the Rain (open c, I think)

When I started out I practiced a wide variety of picking patterns to train my fingers (pipm, etc.). This has made it much easier to play new songs & to learn them by ear.

LordBishek
09-16-2008, 06:00 PM
Elliott Smith - Angeles

the wise wizard
09-16-2008, 06:25 PM
vaseline machine gun by leo kottke. took me fore ever because there several different patterns he uses , but you sound like a badass when you play it

Sciot
09-17-2008, 06:53 AM
there is acctually a finger picking lesson in the lessons archive which contains some tabs that is great practice and sounds nicely.

Baby Joel
09-17-2008, 11:46 AM
Sorry if someone said this, but Boy With a Coin by Iron and Wine.
Really, just any Iron and Wine will do.

g1jammer
09-17-2008, 12:55 PM
Babe I'm gonna leave you...Zeppelin

LordBishek
09-17-2008, 01:48 PM
Sorry if someone said this, but Boy With a Coin by Iron and Wine.
Really, just any Iron and Wine will do.

I put it in another thread, but I think I'll copypasta it here, it seems relevant.


Something by Iron and Wine

These are some to start off. If she has a hard heart, skip to the last two.

Naked As We Came (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd-A-iiPoLg)
Faded From The Winter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oilACpgHd3I)
Such Great Heights (Postal Service Cover) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKGHkBComjM)
Love And Some Verses (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKGHkBComjM)
Boy With a Coin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLNyVLbqdEg)

THE BIGGEST GUNS IN YOUR ARSENAL:

The Trapeze Swinger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raVzi_y6XWI)
JEZEBEL!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a39YktBYSbU)
Heh, technically, it was "songs to impress girls" but all of them are excellent fingerpicking songs.

Sun Eyed Girl
09-25-2008, 05:15 AM
Acoustic #3 - Goo Goo Dolls
Slow Motion - Third Eye Blind
Still - Foo Fighters
Into Dust - Mazzy Starr
Battle of the Beaconsfield Miners - Foo Fighters
Razor - Foo Fighters
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana played acoustic sounds GREAT too!

I know these might not be up there with Tesla, Clapton, and Zepplin but they're still good for practicing and learning.

Has anyone mentioned the Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" yet? The beginning is beautiful. Oh and Green Sleeves too! (Also called King Henry the 8th- I believe)

brado
09-26-2008, 06:09 AM
any acoustic thing by john mayer will be great, like the acoustic set off his live dvd, but they are probably a bit more advanced.

USERNAMEARON
11-21-2008, 02:51 PM
"Civil war" by Guns n roses is a good one and it aint to hard!

PaperPhish
11-21-2008, 08:30 PM
now that i know by devendra banhart is a pretty easy pattern.
james taylor's cover of you've got a friend is a good one too.

kenshi1967
11-21-2008, 10:07 PM
Hmmm, a few off the top.....

malaguena - by pagannini(i think)
the river - Garth brooks
greensleaves - (done by many, including Chet Atkins)

there are so many....have fun!

A Rolling Stone
11-22-2008, 04:53 PM
falling slowly--the frames

blackbird--beatles

under the bridge--RHCP

ohh yeah and Bron-Y-Aur Stomp by Zeppelin

merkalos666
11-22-2008, 06:18 PM
don't laugh at me, Puff the magic dragon, and hymn- all by peter paul and mary.
dan fogelberg-leader of the band.
one tin soldier-idk who it's by but it's a good one for fingerpicking!

BM_Smooth
11-22-2008, 08:47 PM
Iron & Wine
Fionn Regan
Devendra Banhart
Jose Gonzalez
Vetiver

SiaraFirebird
11-23-2008, 05:31 PM
Several PInk Floyd songs from 'The Wall'
Bon Jovi (several)
Def Leppard- Long, long way to Go
Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans
Pachebel's Canon in D

And I much prefer to use fingertips as opposed to fingernails. I work as a chef so my nails are kept very short for health and safety reasons.

tman916
11-23-2008, 08:10 PM
dear mr. president - Ulli Boegershausen

Wonderful tonight - Eric Clapton (fingerstyle arrangement)

More than Words - Extreme

Dust In The Wind - Kansas

dear mr. president is a little tough for beginners and it's tough to find the fingerstyle arrangement for wonderful tonight, i have it if anyone wants it, but more than words and dust in the wind are easy. E-mail me for tabs, tman916@hotmail.com

Archaea_246
11-23-2008, 08:15 PM
Spanish Romance- Anonymous
Canon in D- Pachebel
Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton
Dust in the Wind- Kansas
Blackbird- The Beatles
Greensleeves- I don't know, Traditional

screwthis
12-31-2008, 09:36 PM
you guuuuyysss >_<


california DREAMING!!!!!
why;s nobody said that yet?

flea's trumpet
12-31-2008, 09:48 PM
is there anybody out there?

Goodbye Blue Sky

both by Pink Floyd

emily92
01-02-2009, 12:20 PM
Michael chapdelaine's arrangment of come together :D it's seriously the funnest song to play
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u55G1VGuTfs&feature=channel_page

zorbozate
01-02-2009, 04:16 PM
i know this might seem lame but if your just starting out how about ,12bars blues you would be amazzed how you can make it sound

PattyAtTheDisco
01-12-2009, 11:16 PM
I'm not a super good guitar player, But I do like Baby, You Wouldn't last A Second On The Creek by Chiodos. The intro. :P

emily92
01-12-2009, 11:48 PM
another good clapton fingerstyle arrangement is change the world.

XxLloydxX
01-13-2009, 03:08 AM
Hourglass-Liquid Tension Experiment

It's really easy too.

flea's trumpet
01-13-2009, 06:14 AM
falling slowly--the frames

blackbird--beatles

under the bridge--RHCP

ohh yeah and Bron-Y-Aur Stomp by Zeppelin

whats the fastest/easiest way to learn this song!?!?!?!

jdc50
01-13-2009, 01:36 PM
Better Man - Pearl Jam (pretty easy, straight forward)

Guaranteed - Eddie Vedder (A bit faster, kinda difficult, but fun once you get it.)

FNAFJ
01-13-2009, 02:01 PM
classical gas :)

renegade2031
01-13-2009, 02:04 PM
classical gas :)


Brilliantly fun to play :)

sock_demon
01-13-2009, 03:11 PM
Mood for a day - Yes
The first ride - Don Ross
Signe - Eric Clapton
Asturias - Isaac Albeniz
Espanoleta - Gaspar sanz
Aria - Pachelbel
Malaguena (which is more of a style than a song)

metalgeorge
03-07-2009, 07:30 PM
why has no-one said anything by jose gonzalez?!?!

two great songs from him

heartbeats
crosses


they are brill

A Rolling Stone
03-07-2009, 07:42 PM
How 'bout Falling Slowy by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova?
Plus Julia and I Will by The Beatles. The White Album is full of finger-pickin'!

twhitt
03-23-2009, 02:55 AM
How about another Zeppelin tune called "Babe, I'm gonna leave you"

Maggot4l1fe
03-29-2009, 05:38 PM
How about..Embryo and Orchid by Black Sabbath? :)

baylewis
03-29-2009, 06:47 PM
white summer led zeppelin

Jojojonjake
03-29-2009, 07:31 PM
Looking for a Good classical song to finger too. Try ( Romance De Amour ) its a beginner classical song. it teaches you how to use your four fingers

clayonfire
03-29-2009, 09:09 PM
You can fingerpick "Unintended" by Muse, or you can play "Falling Away With You", but you just play chords in the chorus though.

ElendarIlikessa
03-29-2009, 10:00 PM
Pretty much any song by Don Ross or Antoine Dufour. Alot of their playing is a bit more advanced though, right now I'm attempting to learn Antoine Dufour's version of Dracula and Friends Part 1 (original song is by Don Ross)

Here's a vid of Antoine's version, he's also got a tutorial vid on youtube that gives you a basic rundown of how to play the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu0FjmcJva8&feature=related

Lifetech
04-03-2009, 01:34 PM
Under The Bridge - RHCP.

flamster
04-03-2009, 02:24 PM
The fingerpicking part from Fade To Black - Metallica. My favourite ever fingerpicking melody.

Some Eric Clapton songs would be good as well, Tears In Heaven being the best in my opinion.

i_don't_know
04-03-2009, 05:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beWPPNwJywE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nBSz8hepdE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PemzHddFyNE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu-tAT1_0Co

wontonbomb
04-06-2009, 11:38 AM
I've found a good starting fingerpicking song that is pleasent and gets the girls weeping is Colourblind by Counting Crows :) Its the one from cruel intentions and its pretty easy to get you going.

chipmunksurfer
04-07-2009, 04:37 PM
i cant believe no one mentioned this, it takes a lot of work tho...
ocean - john butler trio

Under the bridge isnt fingerpicked, only the intro is when they play it live... and i could have lied isnt fingerpicked at all, for the record

Ndelle94
04-10-2009, 09:49 PM
yes, he does simple man

i practice by just learning songs. seems to be the best way to me.

I don't want to come across as a dick but lynyrd skynyrd or at least leonard skinner was the bands highschool gym teacher no one actually in the band is named that....

Lordofthepies
04-11-2009, 03:43 PM
The Underwood Typewriter is a great song, by Fionn Regan... I think the tab here is a little dodgy though, I've never really been able to figure out (could just be me!).

yortzec
05-21-2009, 07:54 PM
The Wind- Cat Stevens. GREAT fingerstyle song.

Fionn Regan
05-22-2009, 07:19 PM
fionn regan. he's got some good pick strum style songs too

Rockmasterb94
06-28-2009, 06:41 PM
John Denver-This Old Guitar (very good)
Fleetwood Mac-Bleed to Love Her (also good), and Big Love
James Taylor-Mexico
Greenday-Good Riddance (time of your life)

just some ideas

ILLcoyote
06-28-2009, 06:55 PM
hehe, to throw something different here: Zarda de Monti by Paco de Lucia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rlmejg_LMAg

shaf_9110
06-29-2009, 08:13 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beWPPNwJywE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nBSz8hepdE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PemzHddFyNE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu-tAT1_0Co

I'd imagine tabs for these don't exist?

1nSingularity
06-30-2009, 02:58 AM
Unintended - Muse
Shadows on the Mountainside - The Tea Party

improvsolo
07-04-2009, 10:21 PM
Dude. DUDE. I can't even believe no one posted Red Hot Chili Peppers Under the Bridge yet. That's a great finger picking solo, especially for beginners.

i_don't_know
07-04-2009, 10:25 PM
I'd imagine tabs for these don't exist?

You guessed correctly.




But if you have a youtube account, he's a really nice guy and I'm sure he'd help you with any problems you're having with any of his songs (as long as you don't bug him TOO much, lol).

ljubavjelijepa
07-20-2009, 05:56 PM
:cheers: One of my favorite songs.

Also: Blackbird - The Beatles.


Yes, Blackbird is great..and so is Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

Fieryhead
07-21-2009, 04:04 AM
Hi Milk_Can! I'm glad you want to improve your fingerpicking. Fingerpicking sounds great when you have the right technique and a nice song to play with! I'm not sure about any exercises but I'd try some of the songs people have said like 'Tears in Heaven' by Eric Clapton, thats a beautiful song to practice fingerpicking with. Also, try 'Wake Me Up when September ends' by Greenday.

Happy Playing!

ToOYOoT
07-23-2009, 02:45 AM
Any of Tommy Emmanuel's stuff is always good. Especially for developing left hand technique. Crazy stretches. His Boom Chick technique also adds versatility and something special to any future songwriting you'd do. It's separating the thumb for the bass and the 3 fingers for the melody.

Check out Day Tripper by Tommy Emmanuel. Boom Chick.

guitarprodigy14
07-23-2009, 11:14 PM
DEE BY RANDY RHOADS!!! *thumbs up*

GU1T4R-H3R0
08-26-2009, 01:41 AM
dear prudence - beatles.

also bouree by bach is a good one

cbthegoodthief
09-06-2009, 11:05 PM
What I learned on is house of the rising sun. Not by the animals.

Jimi rules
10-14-2009, 10:02 PM
Bron-aur-r-stomp- Zeppelin

Joeninho
10-16-2009, 04:55 PM
Just thought I'd contribute something..

Tracy Chapman's Fast Car.. Pretty easy to play and sounds great.. Finding it difficult to sing along though..

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/t/tracy_chapman/fast_car_acoustic_ver2_crd.htm

Fantastic Lesson on this from Justin on youtube.. Not sure if I'm allowed to post that..

Cheers,

Joe.

i_don't_know
10-16-2009, 05:00 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbZ4puGvb1s

zorbozate
10-16-2009, 08:58 PM
Rush............. La.villa Strangiato

randomtom
10-18-2009, 10:13 AM
Surprised no one has mentioned nick drake... he had a natural talent for writing bold and emotional melodies... some of his finger picking work is very impressive. Check out these:

Cello song
Hazey jane 1
hanging on s star
man in a shed

Also, hallelujiah by jeff buckley and andy mcgee !

JazzyNutter
11-05-2009, 11:59 AM
i practice by just learning songs. seems to be the best way to me.


Yeah, I think its the best way too :D Then you don't have to mess around with arpeggios and stuff, you just play the music you like. Which is what playing guitar should be like! :five:

pete1013
03-22-2010, 01:13 AM
Angelina--Tommy Emmanuel.
I think its hybird picked but it should still help fingerpicking technique and its a beautiful song.

wiel88
04-14-2010, 11:20 AM
If you've mastered Dust in the Wind by Kansas (which is mentioned at least 10x in this list), you might also try:

Tuolomne - Eddie Vedder (same picking pattern different chords)
Just Breathe - Pearl Jam (basically the same picking pattern, but extended)

Furthermore I recommend the Dutch band Racoon. Try these for example:
- Brother
- Laugh About it

demonmouse500
05-01-2010, 10:41 PM
Dude. DUDE. I can't even believe no one posted Red Hot Chili Peppers Under the Bridge yet. That's a great finger picking solo, especially for beginners.

I seem to recall seeing lots of people suggest that song, actually.

This Lullaby by Queens of the Stone Age is a good (very) simple one as well. And it's been mentioned but Classical Gas is well worth learning (total chick magnet :p: ).

teh br00t4lz
05-03-2010, 08:37 AM
Midsummer's Daydream - Triumph
Embryonic Journey - Jefferson Airplane
Poles Apart (Acoustic Part) - Pink Floyd

ofirariel
06-14-2010, 08:55 AM
Rondo alla turca - Mozart
Fur Elise - Beethoven
Moonlight sonata - Beethoven

Guaranteed - Eddie Vedder
Just Breathe - Pearl jam
Beatles - here comes the sun

skink182
06-16-2010, 10:46 PM
your revolution is a joke - funeral for a friend

Yours Truly
06-19-2010, 08:42 AM
Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits

leg end
06-19-2010, 06:20 PM
Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
your revolution is a joke - funeral for a friend
Two awesome choices there.

Any song can be fingerpick'd really. Loads of Dire Straits' stuff. Newton Faulkner. All sorts.

Wow this thread is 5 years old haha

ulieisel
06-20-2010, 05:37 AM
Get the tabs of John Renbourne, Bert Jansch, Werner Lämmerhirt, Klaus Weiland, Leo Kottke, John Fahey, Paul Simons 60s songs

about
06-20-2010, 01:54 PM
yeah classical gas is much easier than blackbird i think. classical gas is generally thought to be much harder than it is. i guess it's because it sounds so great. just because something sounds amazing doesn't mean it's hard! classical gas sounds amazing when played well and it's really not that hard once you get the patterns down.

and also, someone mentioned landslide which is a GREAT reccomendation, i can't believe i left that out of my original post. landslide is a fantastic song!

i suppose depending on the version it's easier, but while i was learning, blackbird was 100% easier than classical gas due to the bpm of each songs.

grammyguitarist
06-26-2010, 07:19 PM
Get the tabs of John Renbourne, Bert Jansch, Werner Lämmerhirt, Klaus Weiland, Leo Kottke, John Fahey, Paul Simons 60s songs

Seconding Leo Kottke, though I don't think he's for the beginner or faint of heart. I got this e-book (http://f831aiwe19au9s37jj1bfkmr85.hop.clickbank.net/) which has some really good tunes that are worth picking through.

ishotjr93
09-24-2010, 01:52 PM
Fionn Regan Hunters Map

paulsr
10-21-2010, 01:48 PM
would a dreadnot acustic,be a good choice for finger style or would i be better getting a nylon string guitar,if so what would be a good not too expensive ,with low fret action.any help would be apreciated.thanks,paulsr.

Chockomonkey
10-21-2010, 02:06 PM
Kansas - Dust in the Wind

Tristram Theme - Diablo

Stone Temple Pilots - Don't Follow

my fav picking songs!

fade_to_black18
12-01-2010, 03:24 PM
Definitely not easy, so i'm aiming this more towards others, than to the person who started this:
Both by Eric Johnson
Song for George
A Song For Life

I actually couldn't believe there was no Eric Johnson on here before now..?

habsfan12325
01-02-2011, 11:39 PM
Spike Driver Blues - Mississippi John Hurt

fudgeride
01-03-2011, 12:57 AM
The Tallest Man on Earth is great and mostly finger picking if no one said it yet

stjimmee
01-03-2011, 08:06 AM
Surprised no one has mentioned nick drake... he had a natural talent for writing bold and emotional melodies... some of his finger picking work is very impressive.

I'm so glad someone else has said Nick Drake. I recently found this brilliant site:
http://www.nickdraketabs.com/
It has tabs and tunings for every song he ever recorded. Just be sure you're in the right tuning before you start learning one - he wrote a good few songs in standard, but a lot of them are in some pretty crazy tunings he made up himself (BEBEBE, for example).
I'd personally reccomend 'Day is Done' and 'Things Behind the Sun'.

EDIT: And you will definitely need a capo.

BasementCat
01-09-2011, 06:17 AM
"Regulator" (Clutch)

One of my all-time favorite songs.

Music_101
01-10-2011, 07:18 PM
I'm too lazy to read all the post so sorry if someone else has already posted these.

Landslide- Fleetwood Mac
Blackbird- Beatles
Dust In The Wind - Kansas


These were the three songs I first learned to finger pick. Great songs
You could do Marry Me by Train as well, pretty simple song.

Edit: Woah, I didn't even see how old this was. :eek:

C_Miller
01-27-2011, 01:34 PM
America- Simon and Garfunkle
These Days- Jackson Browne

JDGuitarBoy
01-28-2011, 08:39 AM
Land Slide was a goody for me :D

JDGuitarBoy
01-28-2011, 08:40 AM
I'm too lazy to read all the post so sorry if someone else has already posted these.

Landslide- Fleetwood Mac
Blackbird- Beatles
Dust In The Wind - Kansas


These were the three songs I first learned to finger pick. Great songs
You could do Marry Me by Train as well, pretty simple song.

Edit: Woah, I didn't even see how old this was. :eek:

HAHHA i just read that after i posted for landslide!

NinjaRockerrrr
03-24-2011, 03:33 PM
I was reading through this and i was almost about to get angry until i saw one or two posted Tears In Heaven-Eric Clapton

Is that song not completely perfect for what the post is about?

teamhex
03-24-2011, 03:42 PM
Anything by Mississippi John Hurt

BrotherRoberts
03-24-2011, 11:14 PM
Angeles - Elliot Smith. The timing is a bitch but if you can get it Kudos. Great tune. Washboard Lisa - Grayson Capps is a great one.

bripod
04-27-2011, 03:49 AM
like the beatles said...

LOVE

...is all you need!

Arthur Lee & Bryan Mclean's guitar work is gorgeous!

(also giving a big second to Nick Drake)

BMP
04-28-2011, 03:56 AM
I didn't read through the thread but I think you should make sure you check out Chet Atkins (anything by him), Jerry Reed (try Jerry's Breakdown) also look into Lenny Breau (anything by him). Hope this helps, I have been working on stuff by Chet especially and it is very difficult to get, will definitely improve your fingerpicking since most of the stuff they play is at what I would consider a somewhat expert level.

adodin
04-28-2011, 05:38 PM
about finger picking practice. I mostly learn by actually playing songs or just screwing around with chords and speeding it up. For me my major fingerpicking epiphany was with blackbird (beatles) and then for finger-picking while singing Broken (seether)
You could also try The intro for under the bridge RHCP. I used that to try and bridge some acoustic an electric techniques together and had some fun playing around with that song.

VannAleXX
04-29-2011, 11:07 PM
Closer to the Sun - Slightly Stoopid

If you master this song... I... will do something ridiculous. Not sure yet, but that song is impossible.

Ptoqe
07-23-2011, 12:42 PM
I've never tried fingerpicking exercises...IMO, they're kind of pointless. I'd rather skip the middle man and just start practicing the actual song.


You obviously cant be very good. Though with and attitude like this there isnt much room for improvement. Playing music is 80% practice. Thats like making an omlette without cracking the eggs. I dosnt work very well.

Fingerpicking exercises are a fantastic idea. You don't even need a guitar to do it. You can do it with nothing in your hands at all. Find a couple exercises that are mildly difficult for you and just play them for an hour.. or three. Do that for a couple weeks ( i know its kind of boring but Mark Knopfler didnt just pick up a guitar one day and write Romeo and Juliette without practicing how to pick properly first).

Scales and Arpeggios are a great place to start. Ive been playing for going on 15 years now and i still do scales, arpeggios, chord progressions and other exercises. You can never practice enough, and you will never be the master at everything.

Practice Practice Practice

WholeLottaIzzy
07-23-2011, 01:09 PM
Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin

Don't Cry - Guns 'N Roses

TélanH
07-27-2011, 02:44 PM
The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel.
You might need a tab. Check UG's tabs.

Tutis
07-27-2011, 03:07 PM
Scar Tissue by Red Hot's and Tears in Heaven.

Casuist
07-28-2011, 01:08 AM
I like Chet Atkins - Yankee doodle Dixie. It's pretty much a novelty song where you play both at the same time.
Windy and warm

Also Mombosa by Tommy emannuel.
Classical gas

And this one, chicks will love you for it because it's from twilight. Originally for piano.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_xFh7XFC_w&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I would link the tabs, but I'm lazy. They can all be found on this site.

johnny08
07-28-2011, 11:21 AM
im currently learning this 1 atm
sungha`s version of dust in the wind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6caUN3HLJSI)

drteletubbie
07-30-2011, 10:50 AM
Can someone find me a decent your song - elton john fingerpicking tab? :S cant seem to find one

jimmy10
08-01-2011, 12:37 AM
leo brower - etudes no 6

classical, but good for finger picking none the less. although i'm not sure if it is meant to be played as fast as this guy plays it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36_X-bojjUY&feature=mh_lolz&list=FLbqnBtsnxeyw

DJN123
10-01-2011, 11:17 PM
If a player wants to get a "real" fingerpicking sound, meaning a melody line played against a bass line, then the BEST musician to learn from is Mississippi John Hurt. His music is not so difficult that it's impossible to play, and once someone masters the basic alternating thumb technique, most of his tunes are relatively easy for an intermediate level guitarist.

There's instruction videos for Mississippi John Hurt's style of fingerpicking at http://www.guitarvideos.com

Trojan5441
10-14-2011, 10:25 PM
If you want to really challenge yourself, look up Ocean, by John Butler. Blew my mind how good this guy was.

Ocean, John Butler
Blue Smoke, Gareth Pearson
Dust in the Wind, Kansas

bcbc1234
10-22-2011, 11:36 AM
Babe im gonna leave you - Led Zeppelin

Classical Gas - Tommy Emmanuel

SCOTTGRILLO
10-22-2011, 12:10 PM
Here are my favorite fingerstyle songs;
Blackbird
Here comes the sun
City of New Orleans
Time in a bottle
Helplessly hoping
You've got a friend
Fire and rain
Danny's Song
Leaving on a jet plane
Vincent (Starry starry night)
Come monday
A pirate looks at 40
Tears in heaven
Colours (Donovan)
Dont think twice, its alright
Just like a woman
Moonshadow
The wind
You can close your eyes
If I were a carpenter
The Boxer
Puff the magic dragon
Circle game
Signe
Imagine (listen to Jack Johnson version)
Landslide

Reccomend learning the Travis Pick pattern; once you learn that, you can vary it on all these songs easily.

Scott www.scottgrillo.com

AhoySissy!
11-17-2011, 10:36 PM
Great picks everyone. Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle. Mentioned? May have missed it. And You've got a Friend by James Taylor. Good stuff.

Rakmin
11-20-2011, 09:16 AM
embryonic journey - jorma kaukonen

Rxcody
05-28-2012, 03:19 AM
here is what I learned from and I can play pretty much any song now"

-Blackbird - The Beatles (Introduces good bass notes and coordination)
-Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin (absolutley beautiful and get you used to quick changes)
-Dust in the Wind - kansas(This will get you used to a travis picking pattern)
-Michelle - The Beatles (Something totally different)
-Under the Bridge -RHCP (Awesome use of barre chords and bass notes)
-Mother Nature's Son - the beatles (This one is ESSENTIAL. It i unknown but i think it is a very beautiful song. Its on the white album and it has an interesting and amazing pattern that you will love)
-Blackwater- The Doobie Brothers(An AMAZING and very hard song to do. It is very hard to find the tabs so it makes it challenging and if you look up the chords and learn the others parts by ear its awesome. Remember its tuned in DADGBD.)

Learn these songs in order and you will be amazing. You just gotta slam right into it. Also with blackbird, learn to sing with it cause it is extremely easy, fun and steals hearts! haha

alascar11
05-30-2012, 01:58 AM
dont forget good ones to practice to- "the boxer" s&g great tune (kudos if u can do the intro). I'm doing it this weekend and making a video to post

bron yr aur (not stomp) by led zep (CACGCE tuning) also on my page

I do my own fingerpicking version of "Otherside" by red hot chili peppers- check it out on my youtube (not a plug) its cool

Maybe I'm Amazed by McCartney- it's awesome picked. I havent posted my version but its coming

good luck....more picking less strumming (ANYONE can strum)

Bill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD2gCGcUmCs

Adriatic
08-05-2012, 07:20 AM
here are some unknown songs to westerners, from ex-yugoslavian artists

1. Bijelo Dugme - Uspavanka Za Radmilu M. (which can also be found on the internet as Goran Bregovic - Lullaby [as he is the author of it, he was the guitarist in "Bijelo Dugme"]. here's a link where you can check out how it sounds and ask for tabs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzOgER467r0

2. Djordje Balasevic - Lepa protina kći (literal translation: Beautiful priest's daughter) you can find the tab here http://www.gitare.info/page.php?id=788 and you can hear the song here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBYK1fzcopc
this one is fairly simple as its basically just chords picked through, but it has some tricky transitions and a few wierd chord shapes, but its fun to play

3. Goran Bregovic - Talijanska (translation: Italian) see how it sounds and the tab here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JRVPDf8suA

Prof. Oak
08-27-2012, 04:05 PM
-Searches for first finger picking song to learn-
Hm, classical gas, -listens-
challenge accepted

Colonel Gathers
10-02-2012, 11:25 PM
Try "Your Hand in Mine" by Explosions in the Sky
"Always With Me, Always With You" by Satriani (the acoustic backing track is a really good piece to practice fingerpicking chords with)
I also like to take Stairway to Heaven and just impose picking patterns from other songs (doesn't have to be Stairway but any song with a long chord progression like that is good, especially if it's easy to run through, a la Stairway) and see what/how fast I can do stuff.

jeffguitarpro
11-03-2012, 05:43 PM
anything by bert jansch, neil young and jimmy page were fans of him. Try "angie"

jakeblake96
11-15-2012, 10:07 PM
lynrd skynrd

rstrings
12-18-2012, 01:51 PM
So many genres-so little time.

To expand your skills, check out James Taylor's tunes. His work is pianistic-a cool groove. Give you lots of good ideas on embellishing your chords-playing style for a more complex sound.
Check www.jamestaylor512.com He takes Carter and Travis picking to new heights.

rolandroi
01-02-2013, 04:34 PM
Pretty much everything i wanted to add has already been mentioned.
But these:

Leader of the Band - Dan Fogelberg
Here Comes the Sun - Beatles

Classical gas is still my favorite.


and can someone pls send me an accurate tab of Tears in Heaven? PLS PLS PM me, generous bastard!

MaKaToM
01-05-2013, 09:31 AM
http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=GB#/watch?v=MIAb5XZQHsc

http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=GB#/watch?v=XHMQUOq_2pE

http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=GB#/watch?v=xJLV2jTpRfg

jonathanika
02-27-2013, 03:30 PM
a lot of the rebelution acoustic songs are fingerpicked and are great for learning, meant to be; feeling alright are to that i love to play. and slightly stoopid has closer to the sun (played with a pick) that i enjoy and find it easier to fingerpick, as well as zeplike.
Then there is blackbird, tears in heaven and classical gas. but im also looking for new fingerpicking songs to learn as well, hopefully more challenging.

LWMT2343
03-11-2013, 06:27 AM
stop this train by john mayer

SimonJames
03-11-2013, 01:45 PM
Breathe- Pearl Jam
Oliver James- Fleet Foxes
Beg Steal Borrow- Ray Lamontagne

Mr.Pink101
03-13-2013, 06:18 PM
Anything by Newton Faulkner will improve your fingerpicking and probably overall ability
Also, try building up from basics - blackbird by the beatles into more alternate picking like Vincent by Don McLean, build up until you're comfortable playing some really advanced stuff (Rylynn by Andy McKee is about as difficult as it gets)

Sandman3769
03-17-2013, 07:34 PM
I am learning "For Those Below" by Mumford & Sons. It's a nice fingerpicking song.

onepilot
03-18-2013, 05:05 AM
Nearly anything James Taylor has played or written and there is one hell of alot of material that's all good stuff.
If you want to be a serious finger picker--not a game to take on half ass-study it. While there are many variations--its all about understanding what you are really doing is playing a piano on the neck of a guitar

SteveJB1989
03-20-2013, 09:17 AM
Angelina by Tommy Emmanuel

cedartop_oli
03-21-2013, 04:31 PM
First finger picking song I learned was House of the Rising Sun by The Animals, I still remember it, and that damned B7 chord seemed so hard 20 years ago lol.

Truth is, Nothing Else Matters is a good beginner song but the finger picking in it is a little lame. Hunger Strike is also a great song, and a good song to for beginners, especially if you're planning on singing while playing. I think Landslide is probably not a great song to learn finger picking, the arpegios change from intro to verse to chorus and it might be confusing, although, what a great song.

Bobcot
04-04-2013, 04:45 PM
Read this whole post as this is what I'm teaching myself at the moment, here's a few I've found the be good easy starters which nobody seems to have posted yet

The Body Breaks - Devendra Banhart
Oliver James - Fleet Foxes
Anji - Davy Graham/Bert Jansch/Simon & Garfunkel
Needle And The Damage Done - Neil Young (He doesn't fingerpick but it's a decent beginners exercise)

Also if you want something more challenging I suggest Jump (Van Halen cover) - Kersten Luts, have a listen and if you go to his website you can get a full tab for it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePbvzYjLSMw

MarcFlink
01-06-2014, 10:44 PM
Neil Young's Old Man is the single best acoustic song. period.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yROwLg-2tI Here you go. Have fun.