Looking for fingerstyle guitar tabs? There are a LOT of sites, stores, and blogs to sort through online. Here are the top sites and apps to get accurate fingerstyle guitar tabs. (There are some excellent free options, as well as paid options.)
The simplest way to find fingerstyle guitar tab for a particular song is, of course, to Google the song title plus the phrase “guitar tab”. If you have a particular song in mind, that’s the fastest way to go.
If you’re looking for more than one song, though, it’s harder to find a good collection of tabs. You could reference a list of fingerstyle songs and just go searching for the tabs, but that still doesn’t give you a trusted source that you can reliably visit in the future when you want to find even more songs.
So here are the top ten sites for accessing fingerstyle guitar tabs:
The Top 5 Fingerstyle Guitar Tab Sources
UltimateGuitar.com has been around for a long time and has a great community of guitarists who contribute, comment on, and edit tablature on the site. The site is completely free.
As the biggest source of books online (including music books), Amazon is the easiest place to find collections of fingerstyle guitar tablature produced by actual publishers. If you’re looking for tabs by a particular artist (say, Paul Simon or Leo Kottke), then this is an easy place to find a collection of tab.
Guitar Center is famed for their physical “brick’n’mortar” locations, complete with walls of guitars and entire rooms dedicated to acoustic, drums, etc. But they also have a great website that rivals Amazon for music-specific publications. If, like many people, you’re suffering from “Amazon fatigue”, and would rather hand your money to an actual music store when you buy a music book, then definitely check out Guitar Center’s site.
4. Guitar Lesson Sites
Another alternative is to get tabs directly from the artists themselves as they teach lessons. Lessons sites like Truefire and Jamplay have extensive video lessons from fingerstyle artists, where the tab for their songs is included (and demo’ed!) right there in the lessons. Notable examples inlcude:
- Andy McKee – View Lessons >>
- Tommy Emmanuel – View Lessons >>
- Adrian Legg – View Lessons >>
- Peppino D’Agostino – View Lessons >>
- Maneli Jamal – View Lessons >>
- Phil Keaggy – View Lessons >>
- Kaki King – View Lessons >>
- Calum Graham – View Lessons >>
- Mike Dawes – View Lessons >>
5. Guitar Tablature Apps
There are also a number of great iOS and Android apps that provide libraries of fingerstyle guitar tab. Apps like Songsterr, Guitar Pro, and GuitarTab provide all the resources you need, right there in the app.
Click here to get a walk through of the top seven guitar apps to consider.
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