As a companion to the “Songs with Chords You Know” post I thought I’d put together a list of posts for people just getting started learning fingerpicking, tabs and solo playing.
Tutorials for Tabs and Fingerpicking
I’ve written a nine part guide on how to read tab. But you don’t have to read them all before getting started. But I’d recommend being familiar with:
When you start tackling fingerpicking have a look at these fingerpicking patterns and familiarise yourself with:
A couple more tutorials you might find helpful for solo playing:
One Note at a Time Tabs
These are a good place to start reading tab and playing them. If you want to keep it simple you can pick them all with just your thumb. Or if you’re practicing your fingerpicking you can use the thumb and two finger picking method. Some of these contain both full arrangements and “one note at a time” versions so you might have to scroll down to find some of them.
Thumb Only Solos
These arrangements all combine chords and melody in one part. You do that by holding a chord shape then strumming your thumb down the strings up to the melody note.
Away in a Manger
Happy Birthday to You
Little Drummer Boy
Smoking Gun Bleeding Knives (Ryan Gosling)
We Shall Overcome (Pete Seegar)
We Three Kings
Here are some pieces that use fingerpicking patterns as backing.
Easy Fingerpicking Tabs
Finally, here are a few pieces that use fingerpicking patterns of the basis or have very easy to play arrangements.