The Acoustic Guitar Fingerstyle Method

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Whether you're a first-time fingerstylist who's studying with a teacher or on your own, The Acoustic Guitar Fingerstyle Method by David Hamburger gives you the detailed, comprehensive instruction you need to improve your skills. This book introduces you to the two most essential fingerstyle approaches for playing American roots music: Travis picking and the steady-bass style.

In each lesson, you'll learn new techniques, concepts, and chord voicings along with ways to practice and get them under your fingers. Then you can use what you just learned to play a classic song or solo break from the blues, ragtime, folk, country, and ragtime traditions.

This comprehensive guide is available in two different formats:

  • Book & Audio Download package: 75 pages with written instruction, notation and tab, plus accompanying audio instruction, performed by David Hamburger, available to download.
  • PDF & Audio Download package: Downloadable version featuring the complete written instruction (including standard notation and tablature) from the book, plus accompanying audio instruction, performed by David Hamburger.



  • Travis Picking Basics
  • From Backup To Melody
  • Switching Chords
  • Eighth Notes And Syncopation
  • The Steady-Bass Blues
  • Steady Bass From Chord To Chord


  • Triplet Feel
  • Picking Pattern Fills
  • Descending Bass Lines And Chord Substitutions
  • Quicker Chord Changes
  • Double Stops
  • Seventh Chords Up The Neck
  • Walking Bass Lines
  • Doin’ That Rag
  • Chord Anticipations And Early Jazz
  • 16 Dropped-D Tuning
  • Swinging The Blues
  • Open-D Tuning


    • John Henry
    • Since I’ve Laid My Burden Down
    • Delia
    • Nobody's Fault but Mine
    • Houston Blues
    • Down in Navasota
    • St. James Infirmary
    • Alberta
    • Hazleton
    • The Uptown Lowdown
    • Rag Mama
    • I Ain’t Got Nobody
    • St. Louis Blues
    • The Blunn Creek Slow Drag
    • Battle Hymn of the Republic

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