Best finger-picking songs to learn?


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09-11-2006, 08:50 AM
Hey guys, just wondering if you could give a list of some good finger pickings song to learn for acoustic guitar. Im hoping to learn some more challenging material. Songs simular to classical gas would be nice.


09-11-2006, 09:15 AM
Though not quite as hard, I really like Greensleeves by Jeff Beck.

Ocean - John Butler Trio
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
Bron-Yr-Aur - Led Zeppelin (probaly already know it, not that hard)

I can't really think of too many right now.

09-11-2006, 09:18 AM
Your Revolution is a Joke - Funeral for a Friend

maybe the best acoustic song ever?!

seriously though, it's epic

09-11-2006, 09:41 AM
Try Marieta by Francisco Tarrega. There's a powertab/GPtab on this site.
It's a very beautiful, temperamental Spanish-classical song, and quite challenging to play because it's so delicate. The fingering itself isn't hard, but every little mistake is audible and timing literally makes or breaks the song. It's a gorgeous piece and it'll help you play more neatly.

09-11-2006, 09:42 AM
Pink Floyd - If , it's pretty easy though. Or Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton

09-11-2006, 09:44 AM
Eric Johnson - A Song For Life. It's an amazing song and quite hard if you do it with all the correct techniques, you should try it :)

09-11-2006, 11:10 AM
thanks guys. A few of them i already know, but ill try the other ones.

09-11-2006, 03:46 PM
dust in the wind, maybe?

09-11-2006, 04:50 PM
Dust In The Wind
Bron-Yr-Aur-Stomp Live version.

09-12-2006, 06:44 PM
nothing else matters

09-17-2006, 09:51 PM
More than Words - Extreme
its a nice song. bound to get u a girl...

09-18-2006, 09:33 AM
Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance) by Green Day has got some decent finger picking bits. It takes a bit of practice but within a few days you'll be playing it pretty well. If you want somthing a bit more challenging you could try Every Breath You Take by Sting/Police, its not so much picking but the switching I struggle with, but then you will probably be lot better than me anyway.

Alucard II
09-18-2006, 08:34 PM
Face of Melinda by Opeth. beautiful song, can be challenging too.

09-18-2006, 09:18 PM
Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You by Zeppelin can get tricky

09-19-2006, 02:36 PM
Dee - Randy Rhoads/Ozzy Osbourne

Flamingo - Paul Gilbert (his own version of fingerpicking, anyway)

09-19-2006, 03:25 PM
Air - Cherry Blossom Girl, All I Need
Beck - Dead Melodies
Joni Mitchell - Urge for Going, Circle Game
Smiths - What Difference Does It Make (an electric fingerpicked song that can be done just as well on acoustic)

09-21-2006, 02:49 PM
i like stay together for the kids(at least the intro), its really easy and you should be able to learn it pretty quickly.

09-23-2006, 08:10 AM
Uhh, Lullaby by Stephen Lynch is beautiful, until the words come in.

If you've not heard it theres a video (more like 20) on YouTube. Decent right hand pattern to be learned there.

09-23-2006, 10:33 AM
Angeles by Elliot Smith is pretty beastly. Beautiful song. too.

larry jones
09-25-2006, 02:41 AM
nothing else matters
that is the PERFECT song to learn

larry jones
09-25-2006, 02:41 AM
Dee - Randy Rhoads/Ozzy Osbourne

Flamingo - Paul Gilbert (his own version of fingerpicking, anyway)
those r sweet, but would be friggin difficult to start with :peace:

08-13-2008, 05:40 PM
James Taylor... and yes it may sound kind of dumb, but his style is actually pretty good, really fun stuff to play

08-13-2008, 05:52 PM
^James Taylor is great.

Also, its not that dfficult, but Angie by the Rolling Stones is always fun.

Internal Chaos
08-17-2008, 03:23 AM
Opeth - Benighted

Fun as to play.

08-17-2008, 04:16 PM
Any Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler is one of the greatest finger picking guitarists I've ever heard

08-17-2008, 06:53 PM
Morbid Angel - Desolate Ways.

08-20-2008, 02:18 AM
Empty Calm by The Number 12 Looks Like You. This song completely rocked my socks off. Not only is it by a screamo and, but its amazingly awesome. A beautiful song thats not too difficult to learn.

08-20-2008, 05:21 PM
Fleetwood Mac- Land Slide
Neil Young- The needle and the Damage Done
Most Townes Van zandt songs

04-18-2009, 08:21 AM
nothing else matters, babe im gonna leave you, stairway to heaven intro (classic)

04-18-2009, 09:15 AM
John Butler Trio - Mist, good song extremely fun to play.

04-19-2009, 09:25 AM
Check out "fire and Rain" by James Taylor I found it really difficult

04-19-2009, 10:09 PM
Try listening to Tommy Emmanuel - he is amazing.

04-21-2009, 03:49 AM
Alter Bridge have a few songs with fingerpicking that isn't too difficult. Try Broken Wings or Blackbrid.

04-21-2009, 12:37 PM
dust in the wind - kansas

03-11-2010, 10:55 AM
I always enjoy Blackbird by The Beatles. I know it's not that challenging but sounds pretty good on acoustic.

You could try some flamenco songs, those will really get your fingerpicking to the top. Just look for Mediterranean Sundance on youtube and you'll see some extreme finger work.

07-28-2010, 07:10 PM
I just played it. AWESOME.

07-28-2010, 10:07 PM
Angeles - Elliott Smith
Anything by Nick Drake
Anything by Kotaro Oshio

08-09-2010, 06:29 PM
bron y aur-led zep
babe im gonna leave u-led zep
dust in the wind-kansas
under the bridge intro-RHCP

08-10-2010, 04:03 AM
Spanish caravan by the doors

08-11-2010, 01:14 AM
the acoustic part of the unforgiven, nothing else matters, intro to fight fire with fire..mainly anything acoustic by metallica is usually fingerpicked

08-11-2010, 03:02 PM
If you want some challenging finger-picked songs, look up the band This Town Needs Guns.

08-12-2010, 10:29 PM
If you want some challenging finger-picked songs, look up the band This Town Needs Guns.

they're incredible.

08-23-2010, 09:26 AM
some of my favourite songs:

another you by cromok
the gift by cromok
the resurrection by orphaned land

08-24-2010, 02:46 PM
hey bud,here in south GA,all these country bumpkins around here fingerpick,its like a standard for playing,if you want to get good i suggest subscribeing to "fingerstyle" magazine,i believe chet atkins puts that one (one of the most techniqule and advanced fingerstyle players ther are next to jerry reed)
as for easy songs,heres a simple one
black sabbath - orchid
and sense people are naming songs that has lyrics heres another
red hot chili peppers - road trippin
much better then under the bridge.just play,unlike shredding,fingerstyle is more chops oriented and not theory (that is,unless you want to compose your own)

09-16-2010, 03:07 AM
Eric Johnson - A Song For Life is a very good and amazing song. There are very good thoughts covers for life. I like all lines of this song. There are so many true things about life.

11-05-2010, 09:27 PM

Bella by Angus and Julia Stone! Not too hard and ****ing beautiful.

Ver 2 is mine, check it out ALFIOOOOOOOOOOO!

11-06-2010, 06:30 AM
Scurvy Back by Swashbuckle :)

10-08-2011, 03:21 PM
shape of my heart - sting

10-11-2011, 09:32 AM
Here are a few on the top of my head:

Fleetwood Mac- Land Slide
Daniel Merriweather - Red
Kansas - dust in the wind
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
Metalica - Nothing Else Matters
Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats

11-15-2011, 04:08 PM
the song actually is playing using 4 guitar (according to Karl Cromok said) but you can choose or combine the riffing of the song ....nice fingerpicking sense Malay sound culture... very feeling song...also the electric guitar solos part....
Karl Cromok performing this song live in this year 2011...he playing a combination riffng.
But the song is more feeling using a classical + acoustic guitar except the solo part....

11-16-2011, 12:19 AM
Street Spirit by Radiohead is played with a pick/electric, but somehow it just sounds right in my head if it was fingerpicked.

05-03-2012, 07:22 AM
The Beatles - Blackbird :)

lamb of dog
05-20-2012, 06:06 AM
More than Words - Extreme
its a nice song. bound to get u a girl...


05-21-2012, 03:55 PM
A chord/melody version of Greensleevees.

05-31-2012, 03:20 PM
Yes- Starship Trooper, the acoustic finger picking section on that one is insane, very good stuff

06-02-2012, 02:44 AM
Eric clapton

10-24-2012, 05:30 PM
blackbird by the beatles.

listen to it first (try to ignore the singing) and you'l probably find it simple and loovleh.

11-17-2012, 03:11 AM
Oh, great article! I will keep this, that sounds cool!

03-06-2014, 12:11 PM
Your Revolution is a Joke - Funeral for a Friend

maybe the best acoustic song ever?!

seriously though, it's epic

I agree undoubtedly sir!

03-06-2014, 12:58 PM
Stairway to Heaven- Led Zeppelin
Cant You See- Marshall Tucker Band
Blackbird- The Beatles
Dust in the Wind- Kansas
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain- Willie Nelson

04-18-2014, 03:23 PM
Personally I really enjoy You ****n Did it by JAson Mraz, although it has odd lyrics the guitar part is pretty kick-ass.

04-30-2014, 12:07 PM
My 2 favorite finger-picking songs:

Big Love - Fleetwood Mac
Dust in the Wind - Kansas

05-31-2014, 05:23 AM
Two of my favorite fingerpicking songs include

Blackbird- The Beatles
Nothing Else Matters- Metallica

Here Without You by Three Doors Down is quite easy, but if you have a spare 20 minutes and want to learn something easy I'd recommend it