Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar 

These pages are dedicated to the art of Fingerstyle Guitar.   If you're new to Fingerstyle Guitar, read the Wikipedia definitions below.  You are also invite to read the essays "American Fingerstyle Guitar" by John Schroeter and "The Guitar Place" by Will Schmid to understand why Fingerstyle Guitar is growing in popularity.

On this site you will find an ever growing collection of Articles, Reviews, and Interviews.  There is also special pages with reviews of Fingerstyle Books and VideosThe Open Tuning Reference is a popular section and has a lot of great information, including tips for composing your own music.  There is an extensive collection of Frequently Asked Guitar Questions and a Fingerstyle Guitar Forum where you are invited to post your comments or questions.

You will also find some quality guitar compositions and arrangements that are exclusively for Fingerstyle Guitar players.  There is also a page of Guitar Player Jokes (all in good fun!) and lots of selected Guitar Links.

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Fingerstyle Defined: 
Fingerpicking, or playing fingerstyle, is a technique for playing the guitar, or some other stringed instrument using the fingertips and/or fingernails, rather than with a plectrum (or "pick"). It is used for classical guitar, and some other acoustic styles, but it has found its way into other genres as well.

American Fingerstyle Defined: 
American fingerstyle guitar is a style of fingerpicking. It includes elements of blues, ragtime, country, gospel, jazz, and many regional music traditions.

American fingerstyle guitar is commonly played on steel string acoustic guitars with 6 or 12 strings. While it is played on just about every type of guitar, these are most common and characteristic. Music arranged for American fingerstyle playing can include chords, arpeggios and other elements such as artificial harmonics, hammering on and pulling off with the fretting hand, using the body of the guitar percussively, and many other techniques.

Though not commonly used today, the term "Travis picking" was once widely understood to describe the common style of alternating-bass fingerpicking used by American fingerpickers from the 1950s into the 1970s, after the great country guitarist and songwriter Merle Travis.

American primitive guitar defined:
American primitive guitar
is a subset of American fingerstyle guitar. It originated with John Fahey, whose first record album Blind Joe Death (1959) inspired many guitarists such as Leo Kottke, who made his debut recording of 6 and 12 String Guitar on Fahey's Takoma label in 1969. American primitive guitar can be characterized by the use of folk music or folk-like material, driving alternating-bass fingerpicking with a good deal of repetitious ostinato patterns, and the use of alternative tunings (scordatura) such as open D and drop D

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