I'm a beginner on guitar and I'm getting bored of simply strumming chords. Can you guys recommend any simple but fun songs to help me improve my picking technique (any genre will do)?
what do you like listening to? its much easier if you can "feel" the music that your trying to learn how to play. i have problems learning classic rock because i love listening to 5fdp, a7x and such.
Here are some different styles (some more difficult than others):
Dust in the wind - "cant remember the band name"
Blindsided - Bon Iver
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Fast Car - "Cant remember her name"
The Beatles - Black Bird
Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice It's Alright

When I got bored of strumming I went into a lot of fingerpicking, which I still enjoy a lot.

A good basic fingerpicking pattern to practise is:
Take A minor for example and play the following strings: 5,3,4,2 (in this order)
Thumb: 5/4
Index: 3
Middle: 2

The Dust in the wind picking pattern is also very common.
Last edited by dscheche at Feb 7, 2012,
"Something Beautiful" by NEEDTOBREATHE
You can use this video lesson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co0sX-BWVDM

"Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. (could be played with a pick or fingerpicking).
The tab: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/r/rem/everybody_hurts_crd.htm
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Mississippi John Hurt has amazing technique that inspired many fingerpickers afterward -- a great musician to copy.

Richard Saslow has a great instruction manual for fingerstyle ragtime guitar, which uses the same techniques used by Hurt and others. You can find it on acoustictruth.com. I found this resource to be really, really helpful to learn fingerstyle technique.