Needless to say, fingerpicking or fingerstyle guitar playing (plucking the strings of your guitar) produces terrific sounds. But more than that, it is also a fascinating technique that every aspiring guitar player should understand and learn, regardless of style preferences.\u00a0\n\n\n\nAlthough it may seem intimidating at first glance, it doesn\u2019t have to be. Master your finger and wrist dexterity from scratch by practicing fingerpicking techniques with 20 of the best songs for such purposes\u2014tailored for beginners.\n\n\n\n\n\nBelow are the The 20 Easiest Fingerpicking Songs for Beginners:\n\n\n\nApril Come She Will - Simon & Garfunkel.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=PYD-DIggB2k\n\n\n\n\nApril Come She Will Chords and Tabs.\n\n\n\nThere cannot be a discussion about fingerpicking without mentioning Simon & Garfunkel. Beyond exceptional performers, the duo is a quintessential reference for the use and relevance of fingerpicking in the folk-rock genre.\n\n\n\nAlthough many of their highly recognizable songs could be part of this list, I chose to include April Come She Will as an example. It is an exceptionally short song with a relatively simple fingerpicking pattern that reveals a hauntingly beautiful melody.\n\n\n\nBut although the song is apt for beginners, keep in mind that its simplicity can deceive\u2014it requires quite a bit of practice to master.\n\n\n\nFreight Train - Elizabeth Cotten.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=IUK8emiWabU\n\n\n\n\nFreight Train Chords and Tabs.\u00a0\n\n\n\nEven though it took over fifty years for the world to recognize Elizabeth Cotten as the author of one of the most emblematic folk songs worldwide, her influence through her magnum opus continues to shine through. \n\n\n\nFreight Train is both an American folk and British skiffle anthem, immortalized by artists ranging from Joan Baez to Jerry Garc\u00eda and The Quarrymen. By now, it has become a worldwide treasure, a must-know for guitar enthusiasts, and the best introduction to fingerpicking there is. \n\n\n\nJust note that Cotten played this song in the now famous \u201cCotten Picking\u201d style\u2014as a left-handed player, she flipped her guitar and played without restringing them. \n\n\n\nHey There Delilah - Plain White T\u2019s.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=KpXDjIDnGgQ\n\n\n\n\nHey There Delilah Chords and Tabs.\n\n\n\nReleased in 2006 and taking the world by storm in 2007, Plain White T\u2019s Hey There Delilah has managed to become one of those memorable songs everyone knows about, not in small part thanks to its emblematic melody. \n\n\n\nThe recognizable acoustic fingerpicking segment is somewhat easy to master, making it an excellent choice for beginners. The main chord sequence moves from D to F#m and remains simple and easy to remember throughout. \n\n\n\nWhy Georgia - John Mayer.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=uhYn7ryaWNE\n\n\n\n\nWhy Georgia Chords and Tabs.\n\n\n\nAs a general rule, playing a John Mayer song is no easy task. He is well-known for his technical and challenging pieces, most notoriously Neon\u2014to the point he has had to upload tutorials for the song. \n\n\n\nBut no need to get nervous. If you want to get started on the Mayer fingerpicking technique, look no further than Why Georgia\u2014a song that displays his composing style yet remains accessible to newcomers. It is the perfect lesson, but it still shows tricks and nuances. \n\n\n\nOverall, Why Georgia is not the most effortless entry on the list, but an excellent one for those aiming to move to the next level as soon as possible.\n\n\n\nGood Riddance (Time Of Your Life) - Green Day.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=_bTdLi0YUVM\n\n\n\n\nGood Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Chords and Tabs.\n\n\n\nGood Riddance (Time Of Your Life) has earned its place as one of the most emblematic anthems of the 90s folk punk sound and a clear display of Green Day\u2019s versatile portfolio and wide range.\n\n\n\nThe song highlights Billie Joe Armstrong\u2019s distinctive vocals, accompanied by a five-chord progression and an easygoing strumming pattern. The main complication comes from the fast tempo, sitting at 190 BPM, which can be rather challenging for absolute beginners. \n\n\n\nHowever, you can focus on learning the song first before picking up the pace, after which it proves to be an excellent song for newcomers.\n\n\n\nHelplessly Hoping \u2013 Crosby, Stills & Nash.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=6yc4_25Fjjc\n\n\n\n\nHelplessly Hoping Chords and Tabs.\n\n\n\nA charming song with witty lyrics and an air of nostalgic melancholy, Helplessly Hoping is a beautiful track with profound meaning, stunning harmonies, and a perfect fingerpicking tune.\n\n\n\nThe song is not strict and allows for room to play around, making it relatively easy to strum for beginners as they learn the chords and get used to fingerpicking.\n\n\n\nAs a bonus\u2014the song features Neil Young with contributions on the guitar, an entire album before he joined the group. \n\n\n\nLet It Be - The Beatles.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=6d5ST3tbPIU\n\n\n\n\nLet It Be Chords and Tabs.\u00a0\n\n\n\nA classic amongst classics, it would be a monumental task to find a single soul that hasn\u2019t heard this song or recognizes its distinctive chords within a few seconds. \n\n\n\nIt is precisely because of this that Let It Be remains one of the most sought-after songs by beginner guitar players. It is not as easy as some other songs by the band, but despite its intermediate level, it is an excellent song to fine-tune abilities and practice fingerpicking. \n\n\n\nMore Than Words \u2013 Extreme.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=0R-FGchhwLw\n\n\n\n\nMore Than Words Chords and Tabs.\u00a0\n\n\n\nInstead of just a single, More Than Works feels like an art display\u2014an unparalleled excuse to showcase Nuno Bettencourt\u2019s exquisite guitar and Gary Cherone\u2019s harmonious vocals. \n\n\n\nIt is a one-of-a-kind soft acoustic track with a folk atmosphere that cannot be more different from the band\u2019s previous style, but that nonetheless granted them enormous success. \n\n\n\nThe song showcases an easy-to-follow yet impressive fingerpicking technique, but it also combines strumming, string slams, and other techniques that beginners can practice in a more easygoing manner.\n\n\n\nLandslide - Fleetwood Mac.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=ABoOkBI_V8U\n\n\n\n\nLandslide Chords and Tabs.\n\n\n\nWritten and performed by Stevie Nicks, Landslide is a profoundly personal folk-rock track. It counts with her distinctive vocals accompanied by Lindsey Buckingham\u2019s masterful guitar, creating that perfect storm that only Fleetwood Mac can do. \n\n\n\nThis simplistic combination of guitar and voice makes this song one of Fleetwood Mac\u2019s most appreciated tracks. In particular, the guitar is repetitive with a simple chord progression that is easy to follow by beginners interested in fingerpicking. But despite this, it has a bit of an edge that makes it challenging enough for those on the intermediate level. \n\n\n\nJust make sure to take your time getting familiar with the chords and the finger movements, as it\u2019s easy to get confused. \n\n\n\nDust In The Wind \u2013 Kansas\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=lQem15Ow6hw\n\n\n\n\nDust In The Wind Chords and Tabs.\n\n\n\nIf you have already studied, dominated, and played Landslide, then congratulations\u2014you are almost done with Dust In The Wind as well. \n\n\n\nDespite being distinctively different songs, Dust In The Wind has remarkable similarities from the perspective of a guitar beginner seeking to learn to fingerpick. They also share the honor of being excellent entry-level songs.\n\n\n\nThis 1978 melancholic anthem has a basic right-hand pattern that can encourage building hand strength. \n\n\n\nDon\u2019t Think Twice, It\u2019s Alright - Bob Dylan.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=w2tar7HyNi0\n\n\n\n\nDon\u2019t Think Twice, It\u2019s Alright Chords and Tabs.\n\n\n\nBreakups and other romantic foils offer some of the most profound musical inspiration. As such, it is not surprising that the end of Bob Dylan\u2019s relationship with Suze Rotole inspired a masterpiece such as Don\u2019t Think Twice, It\u2019s Alright.\n\n\n\nJust one more amongst the many Bob Dylan songs suited for beginners, Don\u2019t Think Twice, It\u2019s Alright features an easygoing chord progression that only gets complicated due to its fast-paced tempo, making it an excellent alternative for those seeking to dip their toes in the world of fingerpicking.\u00a0\n\n\n\nCountry Road - James Taylor.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=LDRHuSjdGMI\n\n\n\n\nCountry Road Chords and Tabs.\u00a0\n\n\n\nIt is not an exaggeration to affirm Country Road is one of the best James Taylor songs for acoustic guitar. In particular, it stands out as an excellent choice for fingerpicking beginners trying to understand James Taylor\u2019s iconic guitar playing style.\n\n\n\nIt is such a staple in guitar players\u2019 repertoire that Taylor himself has uploaded a tutorial on how to play the song on his YouTube channel.\n\n\n\nWe\u2019re Going To Be Friends \u2013 The White Stripes.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=EGFxp0rNU9Y\n\n\n\n\nWe\u2019re Going To Be Friends Chords and Tabs.\u00a0\n\n\n\nWith a sound as sweet as its name, We\u2019re Going To Be Friends is a soft acoustic track reminiscent of a lullaby, matching the somewhat nostalgic story portrayed by the lyrics\u2014a young boy\u2019s day at school.\n\n\n\nNeedless to say, it is a departure from The White Stripes\u2019 characteristic sound at the time, but one that is welcomed and beloved\u2014not in small part by beginner guitar players.\n\n\n\nAs a simple tune designed to sound like a children\u2019s song, it is a perfect fit for absolute beginners. The chord progression is simple to follow, you only need to play one note at a time, and the strumming pattern is repetitive and easy.\n\n\n\nTears In Heaven - Eric Clapton.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=JxPj3GAYYZ0\n\n\n\n\nTears In Heaven Chords and Tabs.\u00a0\n\n\n\nBittersweet, tragic, and melancholic\u2014Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton tugs at the heartstrings with the same quiet strength he uses on the guitar. \n\n\n\nThe song\u2019s simplicity enhances the beauty of the melody and lyrics, transforming it into an excellent piece for newcomers to the fingerpicking technique. However, beware that its straightforwardness betrays hidden complexities, so it is essential to go slow before daring to include percussion or other tricks.\n\n\n\nBlackbird - The Beatles.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=RDxfjUEBT9I\n\n\n\n\nBlackbird Chords and Tabs.\u00a0\n\n\n\nWritten, composed, and performed by Paul McCartney, Blackbird could be about the Civil Rights Movement, birdwatching, or something else entirely. What we know for sure, however, is that it was inspired by Bach\u2019s Bourr\u00e9e in E minor, and the influence shows in the guitar style portrayed. \n\n\n\nBlackbird is all about fingerstyle, and it is a must-try. Still, opinions are divided regarding its complexity\u2014some believe it to be a no-go for complete beginners, so make sure to try it only after practicing the more accessible songs in the list.\n\n\n\nWonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=qx3EQQQ6yjM\n\n\n\n\nWonderful Tonight Chords and Tabs.\n\n\n\nThere is something effortlessly beautiful in Wonderful Tonight\u2014something that captivates the audience the same way Pattie Boyd did to Eric Clapton as he composed the song. \n\n\n\nThe ballad is mellow and easy to follow\u2014just five chords with a simple progression. Nonetheless, its fingerpicking style makes it sound unique and perhaps a tad bit more complex than it actually is. \n\n\n\nBehind Blue Eyes - The Who.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=dMrImMedYRo\n\n\n\n\nBehind Blue Eyes Chords and Tabs.\n\n\n\nConsidered one of The Who\u2019s signature songs, Behind Blue Eyes is a 1971 song that has since seen repeated success in the versions released by multiple artists, including Limp Bizkit. \n\n\n\nThe song starts as an acoustic and mellow folk-rock track, with charming harmonies and haunting vocals that shift into a more classic 70s hard rock sound near the end. Although you could use a pick to perform it, it also serves as an excellent fingerpicking track for beginners but with a dash of difficulty that makes it interesting.\n\n\n\nYou Are My Sunshine - Johnny Cash.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=cGa3zFRqDn4\n\n\n\n\nYou Are My Sunshine Chords and Tabs.\u00a0\n\n\n\nAlthough Johnny Cash\u2019s rendition of the song is perhaps the most well-known, You Are My Sunshine is actually a 1939 song composed by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell. \n\n\n\nNear universally recognizable, part of its everlasting popularity comes from simplicity. The melody has just five chords and a reasonably easy strumming pattern, which makes a fingerstyle arrangement a fun and straightforward experience tailor-made for newcomers seeking to show off their ever-improving skills. \n\n\n\nHallelujah - Leonard Cohen.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=M6mU0wMEmbQ\n\n\n\n\nHallelujah Chords and Tabs.\u00a0\n\n\n\nAlthough penned and performed by Leonard Cohen in 1984, Hallelujah saw enormous success much later, through Jeff Buckley\u2019s 1994 cover and Rufus Wainwright\u2019s in 2003.\n\n\n\nThe song has five easy chords and a straightforward strumming pattern that features stunning fingerpicking sounds and a slow, alluring tempo. Depending on the version, there are slight versions of the picking pattern, but the emblematic verses and chorus remain easy to follow for beginners with some practice. \n\n\n\nAin\u2019t No Sunshine - Bill Withers.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=i5vH1ggTv-A\n\n\n\n\nAin\u2019t No Sunshine Chords and Tabs.\n\n\n\nAn exceptional track written and performed by Bill Withers, Ain\u2019t No Sunshine displays breathtaking string arrangements by legendary producer Booker T. Jones. Its popularity has never waned, and it counts with many fantastic covers, including one by a young Michael Jackson a year after its initial release in 1971. \n\n\n\nThe four chords are easy to remember, and there are no complicated melodies, which makes it ideal for fingerpicking beginners.