Book Review: Sing-Along with Easy Fingerpicking Guitar Accompaniment by Hal Leonard Publishing

Sometimes you have to fly solo. The drummer has the flu, the bass player is in the midst of a cat emergency, and you (the guitarist) and your singer are the only two left standing. You need arrangements of easily recognizable songs for a short gig that you can easily modify into an acoustic set without alienating the audience. Songs like "Blackhole Sun" and "Wonderful Tonight". This is the part where you grab Hal Leonard's "Sing-Along With Easy Fingerpicking Accompaniment".

In a nutshell, this book is a 30-song set of popular songs that you can easily tailor to your audience. If you are a singer as well, you can easily use the arrangements in this book to spotlight your abilities as a singer/guitarist. The music/tablature combination provides a relatively easy foray into a starter acoustic set. The book comes with 2 CD's that allow you to hear what the arrangements sound like if played exactly as written in the book. You can also use the tracks to play along to and ensure proper timing and accuracy.

As the title indicates, the book is focused on using the technique known as fingerpicking, but with such thorough arrangements, one can easily adapt some of these songs into "strummers" if you have a couple of friends over, or your band wants to introduce an "easy" version of a song as a short acoustic set as a part of a longer set list. I found the songs to be great springboards for me to make my own arrangements of a song. You should not be intimidated by the fingerpicking label and assume that these are only playable with an acoustic guitar. I played all of them on my Les Paul and found them to sound just as rich and well-balanced as they did on my dreadnought.

Recommended for: Any novice to intermediate guitar player that wants to include solo guitar arrangements in their repertoire and/or venture into solo or duet-style acoustic sets.

"Sing-Along with Easy Fingerpicking Guitar Accompaniment" is available through your local Hal Leonard dealer (try the music store!) or online at the Hal Leonard webstore.

Song List:

  • Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
  • Ain't No Sunshine
  • Angel
  • Black Hole Sun
  • Bless The Broken Road
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Don't Know Why
  • Every Breath You Take
  • Fields Of Gold
  • The First Cut Is The Deepest
  • Free Bird
  • Hallelujah
  • Have I Told You Lately
  • How Deep Is Your Love
  • I Can't Make You Love Me
  • Imagine
  • Let It Be
  • Nights In White Satin
  • People Get Ready
  • Redemption Song
  • Right Here Waiting
  • The Scientist
  • Someone Like You
  • Walking In Memphis
  • A Whiter Shade Of Pale
  • Wonderful Tonight
  • You Are So Beautiful
  • You Raise Me Up
  • You're The Inspiration
  • Your Song