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Old 05-15-2013, 01:04 PM
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Hi all,

After years of strumming I'm finally getting into a bit of fingerstyle, which I'm finding a challenging but rewarding experience.

I am (slowly) working my way through Mark Hanson's book - Beyond Basics: Fingerstyle Guitar, and have also just learnt English Rose by The Jam and Fast Car by Tracey Chapman off some youtube videos.

When I have got a bit better I hope to learn Clapton's Tears in Heaven, but wondered if anyone could recommend other songs in this style to try?
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:06 PM
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Hey There Delilah. Good tune to practice your timing with fingerstyle.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:16 PM
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blackbird is a great one just takes a bit of time to get the timing down.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:21 PM
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Don't think twice it's alright is a great one. All travis-style, but a good challenge to get down.

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The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel. Only four chords, C Am F G with easy changes. The intro, although it sound complex, is really not that hard to do.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:32 PM
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Some of my fingerstyle fav's:

Carolina in My Mind (JT teaches this on YouTube)
Fire and Rain
Scarborough Fair
Leader of the Band
Deep River Blues
Windy and Warm
Alice's Restaurant

Some of these are certainly at the high end of intermediate but are do-able.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:33 PM
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Are we talking fingerstyle or finger picking?
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:36 PM
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The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel. Only four chords, C Am F G with easy changes. The intro, although it sound complex, is really not that hard to do.
The key to many finger picked songs, like "The Boxer," is learning to play the Travis pick. When I learned the Travis pick, all kinds of songs opened up to me. From Paul Simon, songs like "Poem on an Underground Wall," "Kathy's Song," and "Dangling Conversation" are all played, like "The Boxer," using the Travis pick.

A cool song to learn is Lindsey Buckingham's "Big Love." There is a You Tube with him teaching it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90fRFQ671IE

A lot of Gordon Lightfoot songs are played with the Travis pick also -- "Song for a Winter's Night," "All the Lovely Ladies," "Steel Rail Blues," etc are good songs to learn as just a few examples.

James Taylor doesn't generally use the Travis pick, but his style, at least to me, is very interesting. He does some teaching on these videos. http://www.jamestaylor.com/guitarlessons/ "Carolina on my Mind" is pretty rewarding and not terribly hard.

Jim Croce's songs are often finger picked. Many of John Denver's, too. Also, John Fogelberg. Pete Huttlinger does a great job on instructional videos for these folks.

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...have also just learnt English Rose by The Jam...
A great song! Weller's one of my all-time favorites.

Give the Stone's "As Tears Go By" a whirl, too.
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Are we talking fingerstyle or finger picking?

What is the difference between "fingerstyle" and "finger-picking"?

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no one's mentioned Landslide yet?
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:13 PM
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if you're interested in playing some john denver songs, this book is great:


http://www.amazon.com/Denver-Authent.../dp/0895243768
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The second (backing) guitar part of Can't Find My Way Home can be played as straight up Travis Picking. Two of my favorite Zeppelin songs to fingerpick are Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (arpeggiated chords with some strumming) and Going To California (Travis Picking in open G). I've had decent luck just picking songs I like and trying them as alternating bass songs. Some convert really well, and some just don't sound right to me.
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Why haven't I heard of these songs? Am I a moroon? Ignoramous? What's the difference between picking and fingerstyle? I lack intellagance? I lead a sheltered life? These are great songs and I must know them! Please tell me more!
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