Fingerpicking Standards – 17 Songs
May 23 2015
Fingerpicking Standards: 17 Songs Arranged for Solo Guitar in Standard Notation & Tablature. This is a good resource for guitarists that have at least 1 to 2 years playing experience – preferably with fingerstyle technique. The arrangements are fairly simple and not too difficult to play. They’re generally played in first position with the odd excursion further up the fretboard.
The arrangements in this book are carefully written for intermediate-level guitarists. Each solo combines melody and harmony in one superb fingerpicking arrangement. The book includes an easy introduction to basic fingerstyle guitar, and 17 fantastic songs.
The songs are nicely arranged even though simplistic. At times the arrangements can be redundant because it re-uses the same arpeggio for nearly all the songs but it is a great way to get practice in while learning a few songs. This book recommended and the series to beginning guitarists or perhaps more advanced guitarists looking to use their creativity to tweak the arrangements themselves. Advanced guitarists looking for fingerstyle masterpieces will have to look elsewhere. All the other Finger-picking Books in this series are fun and great as well. If you are looking for another excellent fingerpicking book to go along with this one, “Fingerpicking Beatles and Expanded Edition: 30 Songs Arranged for Solo Guitar in Standard Notation and Tab” is great as well.
The arrangements are challenging enough to help build your skills, but not so difficult that you would get discouraged. It’s fun learning songs that are familiar to you. It makes you want to work harder to be able to play them proficiently. The music is given to you in standard music score and in TAB (for non-music readers). The level of difficulty is easy-to-intermediate. Many of the songs are good for fingerpicking-guitar beginners. The arrangements are well done and sound good.
- Can’t Help Falling In Love
- Fly Me To The Moon
- Georgia On My Mind
- I Could Write A Book
- I Just Called To Say I Love You
- I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
- In A Sentimental Mood
- Just The Way You Are
- Moon River
- My Favourite Things
- Unchained Melody
- The Way We Were
- What A Wonderful World
- When I Fall In Love
- You Are So Beautiful
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