Best finger-picking songs to learn?


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alex_k
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.

Thanks.

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

Others:
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.

allthatfails
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

LKW
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.

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

UNIe
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 :)

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

Rm0021
09-11-2006, 03:46 PM
dust in the wind, maybe?

TimiHendrix33
09-11-2006, 04:50 PM
Dust In The Wind
Bron-Yr-Aur-Stomp Live version.

met_420
09-12-2006, 06:44 PM
nothing else matters

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

markgriffiths13
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.

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

gaspasser88
09-19-2006, 02:36 PM
Dee - Randy Rhoads/Ozzy Osbourne

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

iamjosh
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)

GuitarNoob-337
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.

Abe
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.

STRAT811
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:

brianrivers5
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

slidething31
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.

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

Slaytanic1993
08-17-2008, 06:53 PM
Morbid Angel - Desolate Ways.

tbrown8890
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.

Rock1986
08-20-2008, 05:21 PM
Fleetwood Mac- Land Slide
Neil Young- The needle and the Damage Done
Most Townes Van zandt songs

ju5t2good2btru
04-18-2009, 08:21 AM
nothing else matters, babe im gonna leave you, stairway to heaven intro (classic)

volcom_sk8_rock
04-18-2009, 09:15 AM
John Butler Trio - Mist, good song extremely fun to play.

Crazylegs11
04-19-2009, 09:25 AM
Check out "fire and Rain" by James Taylor I found it really difficult

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

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

Lv89n00b
04-21-2009, 12:37 PM
dust in the wind - kansas

jfvela
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.

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

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

midgetrocker36
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

burns562
08-10-2010, 04:03 AM
Spanish caravan by the doors

pwnadgebunny
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

r-bizzle182
08-11-2010, 03:02 PM
If you want some challenging finger-picked songs, look up the band This Town Needs Guns.

FakeTalesOfSan
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.

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

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

CAGEDtheory
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)

jillyronald
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.

markush19
11-05-2010, 09:27 PM
ALFIOOOOOOO!

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

Ver 2 is mine, check it out ALFIOOOOOOOOOOO!

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

Trobe78
10-08-2011, 03:21 PM
shape of my heart - sting

estpog
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

Lan24
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....

Rebel_SunShadow
11-15-2011, 07:58 PM
I like Blackbird by the Beatles and Good Riddance by Green Day, although both are pretty simple.. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac is fun, too... And I like to play songs that were meant for the piano but were transferred into guitar tabs, like Hello by Evanescence(There's a great tab for that on here).. That's all I can think of right now :)

EvilAngel93
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.

Migmosh
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...


+1

Tvrtko1
05-21-2012, 03:55 PM
A chord/melody version of Greensleevees.

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

ivd11
06-02-2012, 02:44 AM
Eric clapton

dommett1
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.

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

Deejay.mackay
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!

ZeppelinSkynyrd
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

JazminGuitar
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.