Top 30 Best Intermediate Guitar Fingerpicking Songs in 2019

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Fingerpicking or fingerstyle on guitar is, to me, the most rewarding playing technique. Nothing matches the beauty of an acoustic masterfully plucked over a pleasant chord progression, and there’s no better way to quickly add your personal spin to a popular cover song.

Once you’ve got a good grasp on the open position chords, you’ll want to learn fingerpicking patterns so that you can put your chord knowledge to good use. If you’re just starting to learn fingerstyle and are looking for songs to practice with, or if you’re an experienced intermediate fingerpicker adding to your repertoire, this list of the top 30 best intermediate guitar fingerpicking songs with tabs is filled with great jams to help you perfect your PIMA.

From some of the most iconic songs in Western music like The Beatles’ “Blackbird” to modern hits such as “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s, these fingerpicking songs cover a wide range of genres written over several decades. Many are playable with just a few of the basic open chords, while others will test your skills and challenge you to learn a few new voicings. Though the more advanced songs utilize alternate tunings, unusual keys, and the use of a capo, there’s nothing on here a determined player won’t be able to handle.

While this is a list composed for intermediate players, I won’t dissuade a beginner guitarist from trying their hands at a couple of these easier tunes. A few of the first songs I ever learned to play are on this list, so whatever your experience level, if you’ve got a strong desire to learn fingerstyle, here are the top 30 best intermediate guitar fingerpicking songs.

  1. We’re Going To Be Friends – The White Stripes – Tab
  2. Blackbird – The Beatles – Tab
  3. Night’s Sorrow – Becoming the Archetype – Tab
  4. Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel – Tab
  5. Let It Go – James Bay – Tab
  6. Never Going Back Again -Fleetwood Mac – Tab
  7. I See Fire – Ed Sheeran – Tab
  8. Ashamed – Deer Tick – Tab
  9. Is There Anybody Out There – Pink Floyd – Tab
  10. Every Breath You Take – The Police – Tab
  11. Suzanne – Leonard Cohen – Tab
  12. Streets Of London – Ralph McTell – Tab
  13. Scarborough Fair – Simon & Garfunkel – Tab
  14. Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s – Tab
  15. Leaving On a Jet Plane – John Denver – Tab
  16. Candles -Daughter – Tab
  17. Blindsided – Bon Iver – Tab
  18. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin – Tab
  19. The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel – Tab
  20. Broken – Jake Bugg – Tab
  21. Budapest – George Ezra – Tab
  22. Stranger Things Have Happened – The Foo Fighters – Tab
  23. Just Breathe – Pearl Jam – Tab
  24. More Than Words – Extreme – Tab
  25. Fire and Rain – James Taylor – Tab
  26. Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce – Tab
  27. Stop This Train – John Mayer – Tab
  28. Street Spirit (Fade Out) – Radiohead – Tab
  29. Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton – Tab
  30. Yesterday – The Beatles – Tab

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