Top 10 Best Fingerstyle Guitarists

Guitarists who use their fingers to pick instead of using an actual pick.

The Top Ten Best Fingerstyle Guitarists

1 Mark Knopfler Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known for being the frontman of the British band Dire Straits.

Yes. He deserves to be on top. There are many guitarists who either use strumming (fingerstyle) or just arpeggios (fingerpicking). But Mark Knopfler use both of them constantly. He has also mastered on using thumb to pluck the strings. Kinda reminds me using hybrid picking without pick. - zxm

The greatest... EVER!

2 Tommy Emanuel

There are many good fingerpickers but Tommy is the master. The great Chet Atkins said he was the one of the best and conferred on him the title CGP.

3 Joe Pass Joe Pass was an American jazz guitarist of Sicilian descent. He is considered one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century.
4 Reverend Gary Davis
5 Bruce Cockburn
6 Jim Croce James Joseph Croce was an American folk and rock singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and singles. His songs "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
7 Chet Atkins Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as "Mr. Guitar" and "The Country Gentleman", was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer, who along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, among others, created the country music style that came to ...read more.
8 Leo Kottke

He created his own genre. It's tough to compare him to others because nobody plays like him. Genius!

9 Paco de Lucia Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gomez, known as Paco de Lucía, was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer.

Fingerpicking shredder. Plucks his strings very fast with his fingers. - zxm

10 Doyle Dykes

The Contenders

11 Lenny Breau
12 Roy Harper Roy Harper is an English folk rock singer, songwriter and guitarist who has been a professional musician since 1964. Harper has released 32 albums across his 50-year career.
13 Robby Krieger Robert Alan "Robby" Krieger is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as the guitarist of the rock band the Doors, and as such has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He's not the best, but he is really good with his playstyle

14 Jeff Beck Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.
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