This article looks at some of hard rock’s best fingerpicking guitar songs and the people who played them. However, this is not the only genre of music we cover. Simplicity is the best when it comes to choosing songs in a fingerpicking style. The best guitar songs are not limited to any particular guitar. You don’t need to be an acoustic maestro to play the best songs and can even have a go on an electric equivalent.
This tab follows the fingerpicking songs that are the most iconic. You can pick up a guitar and utilize this format to teach yourself fingerpicked guitar songs.
47 Of The Most Popular Fingerstyle Songs To Learn (To Impress Your Friends)
- Babe I’m Gonna Leave You Led Zeppelin · 1969 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin · 1971 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Dust In The Wind Kansas · 1977 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- More Than Words Extreme · 1990 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Fire And Rain James Taylor · 1970 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- The Boxer Simon & Garfunkel · 1970 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Stop This Train John Mayer · 2006 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Blackbird The Beatles · 1968 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Fast Car Tracy Chapman · 1988 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Never Going Back Again Fleetwood Mac · 1977 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day · 1997 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Ain’t No Sunshine Bill Withers · 1971 | TAB
- Scarborough Fair/Canticle Simon & Garfunkel · 1966 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Let Her Go Passenger · 2012 | TAB
- We’re Going to Be Friends The White Stripes · 2001 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Road Trippin’ Red Hot Chili Peppers · 1999 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Naked as We Came Iron & Wine · 2005 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Just Breathe Pearl Jam · 2009 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel · 1964 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel · 1966 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Street Spirit Radiohead · 1995 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Tenerife Sea Ed Sheeran · 2014 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Everybody Hurts R.E.M. · 1992 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- The Heart of Life John Mayer · 2006 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Wherever You Will Go The Calling · 2001 | TAB
- Why Georgia John Mayer · 2001 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Tears In Heaven Eric Clapton · 1992 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Can’t Help Falling in Love Elvis Presley · 1961 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton · 1977 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Angeles Elliott Smith · 1997 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Deep River Blues Doc Watson | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- April Come She Will Simon & Garfunkel · 1966 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Is There Anybody Out There? Pink Floyd · 1979 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- House Of The Rising Sun Animals · 1964 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Classical Gas Mason Williams · 1968 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Silent Lucidity Queensrÿche · 1990 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Don’t Know Why Norah Jones · 2002 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- River Flows In You Yiruma · 2001 | TAB
- I See Fire Ed Sheeran · 2013 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Big Love Fleetwood Mac · 1987 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Hallelujah Jeff Buckley · 1994 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Safe & Sound (from The Hunger Games Soundtrack) Taylor Swift · 2012 | TAB
- Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver · 1971 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Benighted Opeth · 1999 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Don’t Cry Guns N’ Roses · 1991 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Papa George Tommy Emmanuel · 2008 | TAB | AUTHENTIC GUITAR TAB
- Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton · 1996 | TAB
Many online platforms are offering the best in instructional guitar DVDs and audio CDs to help you with your technique. The achingly iconic ‘Now and Forever’ fingerstyle tab is a modern classic. This tune is best suited combined with a fingerstyle notation to aid your fingerpicking technique. Trying out some fingerstyle solos provides important insights into your guitar, including the fingerpicking techniques that you can try on your instrument.
Consider checking out instruments known as bottleneck guitars. These are the best in the fingerstyle business as you use a hard object pushed against the strings to make an evocative sound as you strum. The sound is melodic and almost vocal in quality.
The guitar of Peppino D’Agostino was designed as a fingerstyle guitar and is a massive step-up from your beginner guitar. D’Agostino has broached both the acoustic and rock guitar worlds. He is quite simply one of the best fingerpicking guitarists alive today so check him out.
If you know a little about fingerpicking already, you might be tempted to try your hand at anything by Happy Traum or ‘Canon in D’. As a folk musician, he relished the fingerpicking style with many different genres and was a stalwart of the 1960s music scene. His more advanced fingerstyle songs for fingerpicking guitar are worthy of a look. You can use standard notation & tab audio to hone your skills and improve your fingerpicking technique.
To really test all aspects of your fingerstyle, opt for a pick rather than your fingers and try some common bluegrass flatpicking. One song that best suits this style is called ‘Best of Luck.’ When fingerpicking, it’s best to have a knack for fingerstyle. Set yourself a goal of learning pieces familiar with fingerstyle. Opting for this fingerstyle guitar playing naturally teaches you the blues guitar of Brownie McGhee. By playing the guitar resting on the left leg, you can play in a more folk style like McGhee. His stance was odd yet unique in the world of fingerpicking. Brownie released his guitar tracks on Folkways Records. He was expressive and played guitar on a larger, more Hollywood scale. He was a regular on the 1960s American festivals circuit and always stayed true to his roots. His style of larger headed guitars are available from various guitar shops.
For other styles, you can follow easy steps for acoustic songs. The Beatles track, ‘Blackbird’ is beautiful. You can buy guitars from top brands and follow musical notation within songbooks for guitar or via a collection DVD.
To play fingerstyle guitar from the ground up, have a go at playing bluegrass guitar. You can learn from a true master guitar pro by looking at DVDs and tutorials. Dreadnought guitars are the choice of many fingerpicking masters. If you want to become a fingerpicking pro, follow the lessons by Happy Traum – a folk master. You could also learn by finding a classic tab download in PDF and selecting Guitar Pro formats. Traum actually studied blues guitar with Brownie McGhee, and later decided he was mostly interested in fingerstyle. He was able to play fingerstyle guitar from many different styles of music. Traum even wrote a guitar instruction guide and songbook based on the guitar styles of Brownie McGhee.
By following a blues guitar lesson taught by Happy Traum, you learn from one of the best. You could also take a look at the lessons dedicated to fingerstyle songs for fingerstyle guitar by Steve Baughman. Or perhaps you want to play jazz guitar like Alan de Mause and there are always studies for the guitar by Fernando Sor revised. Blues fingerstyle guitar by Dave van Ronk or anything by Arlen Roth is great. Go with the style of music you like and apply your fingerpicking to this genre.