Top 10 Country Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar

Top 10 Country Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar

Here's my list of the Top 10 Country Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar. Over the coming weeks I'll be creating lessons for each of these classic songs and a new lesson will be published every Saturday until the list is complete.

Like all top *insert number* lists there are countless great songs that could/should have made the list but, unfortunately, you have to stop somewhere. What are some of your favourite country classics? Let me know in the comments.

Here at Six String Fingerpicking there are tons of lessons on many great fingerpicking songs. You can check out the full list and learn as many as you want to.

Alright, let's get ready to learn the Top 10 Country Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar!

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First off, to whet your appetite, here's a brief performance of all the songs that have made the list.

Top 10 Country Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar

To kick off this list of the Top 10 Country Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar, we're taking a look at one of the most successful country songs of all time: Ring of Fire by the great Johnny Cash.

This is great fun and an upbeat song that never fails to put people in a good mood and get people up and dancing.

I've done two versions of this, one for beginners and one for advanced players.

Take Me Home, Country Roads is another unbelievably successful feel-good song and makes for a brilliant fingerstyle arrangement.

This arrangement has some pretty big stretches in and requires a fair amount of technical skill but it's well worth the work as it's so much fun to play!

I've done two versions of this, one for beginners and one for advanced players.

On the Road again is a real foot tapper and arranging this song for fingerstyle was really good fun. 

The thing about this song is the speed of it. It's really fast and the chords fly by so it may take a while to get your chops up for it. Having said that it is well worth the effort!

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Jolene, Dolly Parton's biggest hit, easily made its way on to this Top 10 Country Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar list.

This is probably one of the easier songs to play here but, like On the Road Again, it has a high tempo so it may take some work getting comfortable with that.

Currently the TAB is only for the accompaniment and not the full arrangement.

Take It Easy by The Eagles is one of their most successful hits and it's clear why. The melody's great, the lyrics are superb, the chords are subtly very clever, the guitar playing is just outstanding and the banjo rolls in the final bridge really are the icing on the cake! All of those things combined make it ready for a great fingerstyle arrangement. 


6. Hey, Good Lookin' (Hank Williams)

We're going back to 1951 for this fun country classic. Hey, Good Looking' is a real ear worm and tends to put a smile on people's faces. 

Probably one of the easier arrangements to play on the list but watch out for the continuous alternating bass line, that really requires some accuracy!

Lesson coming soon!

Freight Train is a great song to learn and is often one of the first songs that fingerpickers tackle when they're new to the skill.

It's good because it really gets you fingerpicking across all six strings and therefore builds strength across all of your digits. I'd say it's a must-know for all fingerstyle players.

Please note the TAB is a simplified version.

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Deep River Blues is another fingerpicking classic. It's considerably harder to play than Freight Train but certainly equally as popular. 

This one is great for developing thumb independence and again it really works all your digits.


Jerry Reed was an incredible fingerpicker; he had tremendous picking strength and wrote some blistering guitar songs.

The Claw is one of his most popular hits for fingerpickers to learn and, like all of his songs, it require some real skill to pull off. 

The final song on this Top 10 Country Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar list is Cannonball Rag by the great Merle Travis. This is an incredibly hard song to play and definitely isn't for beginners.

It's a great song to use as a musical exercise to build strength and dexterity and it's one of those songs that sounds good played at all tempos.

Lesson coming soon!

I really hope that you've enjoyed this Top 10 Country Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar list and I hope you've felt inspired to pick up your guitar and learn some of these truly great songs. Maybe you even feel up to the challenge of arranging a song on your own now?

Remember there's loads of other fingerpicking songs you can learn on this site, check them out here.

Let me know what you think of the Top 10 Country Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar in the comments section below. What songs have you learnt that you think are good for fans of country fingerpicking to learn?

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  1. Mike left a comment on 16th December 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Have you done any Zac Brown Band? I would love to see a lesson for “Knee Deep”

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 25th December 2020 at 6:36 pm

      I’ve not, great song though.

  2. Wendy Shows left a comment on 18th January 2021 at 6:58 am

    Hello is there anyway you can teach me how to play Anne Murray’s a love song pleaaaaaase???

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 23rd January 2021 at 10:18 am

      Hi Wendy, I’m afraid I had to stop taking requests as I get way too many to handle. But thanks anyway.

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