Top 10 Intermediate Fingerpicking Songs for Guitar

Top 10 Intermediate Fingerpicking Songs for Guitar

Here are the Top 10 Intermediate Fingerpicking Songs for improving fingerstyle players to learn on the guitar. Along with the list of songs you will also find full lessons and TABs for each of the them.

If you feel like you're starting to get to grips with fingerpicking and have learnt a few easy tunes, then learning any of the songs listed here will be a step in the right direction for your playing.

There's so may great songs that could be on this list (and on this site you can find a huge number of other fingerpicking song lessons), but I feel that these are a well-rounded bunch of songs that all have the potential to do wonders for your playing.

I hope you enjoy!

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The Top 10 Intermediate Fingerpicking Songs

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac is a truly beautiful song and Lindsey Buckingham is a masterful fingerstyle player.

The song has straightforward chords throughout but nevertheless it is quite demanding on the right hand, and a decent level of technical skill is required to execute the entire piece with accuracy.

Streets of London is a beautiful folk song written by English singer-songwriter Ralph McTell. The song moves quickly through a basic folk chord progression but the tricky part isn't the chords, it's the picking hand.

There's a lot going on and you really have to go slow when you first start out. Really make sure you've got all the notes lined up correctly before you bring it up to tempo.

Jolene is really great song for intermediate fingerpickers to learn and is a lot of fun to play.

The chords throughout the song are very simple; however, with the tempo being at 110 bpm, it's pretty fast and sometimes the fingerpicking patterns can be pretty demanding. So really go slow when first starting out.

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José González's cover of Heartbeats is a very beautiful and timeless song, and it's also a real joy to play.

It's very easy to get the main progression of Heartbeats wrong, there's a lot of notes being played and you may find yourself plucking them in the wrong order. You must, therefore, practise very slowly at first.

Many people have covered this iconic song but one of the most beautiful and best-known versions is Eva Cassidy's.

There's lots going on in this great song and whilst it's not technically too demanding it's certainly not a walk in the park. There's lots of chords and you may find it hard to remember the order of them all.

Queen of California is number 6 on this Top 10 Intermediate Fingerpicking Songs list. Compared to some of John Mayer's early songs, such as Neon, this is considerably easier to play.

Having said that, you may still find it takes a while to get into the groove of Queen of California as it's certainly no walk in the park. 


Detectorists is a popular British TV series about the lives of two eccentric metal detectorists who spend their days looking for ancient treasure in the English countryside, hoping to find the fortune of a lifetime.

It just so happens that Detectorists has a great theme song and, fortuitously for us, it happens to be a fingerstyle one. If you've not seen the programme before I recommend giving it a watch, you'll soon be itching to play this tune on your guitar. 

Time in a Bottle actually has two fingerpicking guitar parts running right through the song so you could learn one or the other, or both. If you've got a friend that also plays then it's a brilliant tune to learn together.

Many of Jim Croce's song have beautiful duo acoustic guitar harmonies in, another great one you could learn is Operator (That's Not The Way it Feels).

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Going to California is a real acoustic classic and is a huge amount of fun to play.

I've included the mandolin lick in the video lesson, it's quite tricky to play but such a great moment in the song, so I recommend putting the effort in to learn it. Having said that, if it is too hard you can of course take it out.

Romeo and Juliet is the last song on this Top 10 Intermediate Fingerpicking Songs list. It's one of the hardest to play on this list because at times there are some awkward chord changes and tricky picking patterns going on.

Nonetheless, it does become very comfortable with practice and a real joy to play. Once you've mastered it then it'll likely become a song you continue to play for many years to come as it's just so much fun!

Want to learn more tunes that didn't make this Top 10 Intermediate Fingerpicking Songs list but easily could have? Then check out some of these lessons: Blackbird (The Beatles), The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel), Fire and Rain (James Taylor), Tears In Heaven (Eric Clapton)

Alternatively you can browse the whole song catalogue: Song Lesson Library

Let me know what you think of the Top 10 Intermediate Fingerpicking Songs list in the comments section below. What songs have you learnt that you think are good for improving fingerpickers to learn?

  1. Russ left a comment on 7th December 2020 at 1:56 am

    Sir, what course should I take to learn better fingerpicking strumming? I’m an intermediate player.


    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 14th December 2020 at 11:02 am

      Hi Russ, I’d say to try the intermediate course as that has a big section on strumming in it. Thanks a lot.

  2. John Eriksmoen left a comment on 8th January 2021 at 1:35 am

    I found you on YouTube and liked the video lesson for Rhiannon. In in you suggested going to the website for the TAB. I don’t see any examples of your TABs, and don’t see Rhiannon listed anywhere. All I see is packages for sale. I’m not comfortable buying a package when I’ve never seen any of your TABs. What do you suggest?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 9th January 2021 at 8:06 pm

      Hi John, here’s the lesson for Rhiannon: TABs are no longer free due to copyright laws. Just click “Songs” in the menu to find all other song lessons. Cheers

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