Sunday, May 25, 2008

Fingerstyle Guitar

I first got turned on to the fingerstyle guitar style through Andy McKee's "Drifting" video on youtube, which went on to become one of the most viewed vids on there ever, with nearly 14 million plays. Andy is signed to American independent label Candyrat, who it would appear, seem to be championing similar artists within the scene.

On more investigation it would seem that this is a growing phenomenon, with emerging artists such as French Canadian Antoine DuFour, Peter Ciluzzi and Erick Turnbull all becoming increasingly popular on the net.

Wikipedia defines fingerstyle as "the technique of playing the guitar by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or picks attached to fingers, as opposed to flatpicking (picking individual notes with a single plectrum called a flatpick) or strumming all the strings of the instrument in chords". It's not only gorgeous music, making use of not only the traditional sound of the guitar but also artificial harmonics, but it's also breathtaking to watch.

Here's where it all started for me, and a few choice others to check out:

Andy McKee - Drifting

More Andy McKee Youtube Videos

Erick Turnbull - Low C

More Erick Turnbull Youtube Videos

Antoine DuFour - 30 Minutes In London

More Antoine DuFour Youtube Videos

To buy Candyrat CD's and find out more on their full roster of artists visit

More info:

Andy McKee:
Antione DuFour:
Erick Turnbull:

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