Chet Atkins
The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death
Good Morning Mr. Walker
Leo Kottke

Blues » Delta Blues » Finger-Picked Guitar

The finger-picked guitar style arose in the American south, where it was often used to make one guitar mimic the sound of two by allowing the musician to generate bass notes with the thumb on the lower strings while the fingers picked out the melody in the higher strings. Fingerpicking is also known as thumbpicking, particularly in Kentucky, and may also be called "Travis picking" after Merle Travis. Finger-picked styles feature predominately in blues music, as well as country and folk styles. Similar styles originated from classical guitar music and have surfaced in European folk styles, Hawaiian slack-key guitar and jazz.

Finger-Picked Guitar Artists Highlights

Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins
Leo Kottke
Leo Kottke
John Fahey
John Fahey
Merle Travis
Merle Travis
Joseph Spence
Joseph Spence
Nathan Salsburg
Nathan Salsburg

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Finger-Picked Guitar Album Highlights

The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death
John Fahey
The Transfiguration of ...
Good Morning Mr. Walker
Joseph Spence
Good Morning Mr. Walker
Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar, Vol. 1: Ramble to Cashel
Various Artists
Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar, ...
The Complete Folkways Recordings: 1958
Joseph Spence
The Complete Folkways ...
In the Heart of the Moon
Ali Farka Touré / Toumani ...
In the Heart of the Moon
Living on the Hallelujah Side
Joseph Spence
Living on the Hallelujah ...

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Finger-Picked Guitar Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Sunflower River Blues John Fahey
On the Sunny Side of the Ocean John Fahey
Sonora's Death Row Leo Kottke
Jitterbug Waltz Chet Atkins / Dennis Farnon
Bean Time Leo Kottke
Malaguena Chet Atkins
Masada~Elilah Bill Frisell
Unchained Melody Chet Atkins
Canned Heat
Chet Atkins & His Colorado Mountain Boys
Naweye Toro Toumani Diabaté / Ali Farka Touré

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