Tab & MIDI Fingerstyle Collection

 

The Music of Steve Pappas
Steve Pappas is a distinctive, committed six-stringer from Boardman, Ohio (USA) who reveals his style as acoustic/fingerstyle/world, as one can clearly experience on his latest album, "Refuge". His favorite guitars consist of a Takamine EC132 and an Asturias JM15. Pappas has played guitar since 1974, and freely acknowledges his career aspiration, "To continue to write, and record my own compositions and arrangements for fingerstyle guitar."

When requested to reveal his ultimate effect for the guitar, Pappas answered back with, "Digital reverb," and then brought up his musical goals, "I want to express my emotions and experiences through each piece." He hopes to one day study historical instruments such as the lute, and is at this time listening to Stevan Pasero, David Qualey and Gene Bertoncini. His primary fulfillment? "When a listener tells me that they wish my music would never stop playing," he affirms conclusively.

Pappas concludes by mentioning continuing and future undertakings succinctly, by saying, "During the day I teach music in the public school.

Pappas's discography (available at Guitar Nine Records) includes one solo album "Refuge".

Song TAB Tuning Details
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Amazing Grace Tab Dropped D Author: Traditional
Arranged by Steve Pappas
Be Thou My Vision Tab Standard Author: Traditional
Arranged by Steve Pappas
The Star of County Down Tab Standard Author: Traditional
Arranged by Steve Pappas
What Child Is This Tab Standard Author: Traditional
Arranged by Steve Pappas

 


Christmas Tunes

Song TAB TAB Style Details
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Format
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Away In The Manger Tab Tab
.zip
Fingerstyle Author: Traditional
Chet Atkins (East Tennessee Christmas)
Transcribed by
Larry Kuhns
Coventry Carol Tab Tab
.zip
Fingerstyle Author: Traditional
from "Christmas with Chet Atkins"
Transcribed by: Larry Kuhns
Deck The Halls Tab Tab
.zip
Fingerstyle Author: Traditional
from "Christmas with Chet Atkins"
Transcribed by: Larry Kuhns
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Tab Tab
.zip
Fingerstyle Author: Traditional
from "Christmas with Chet Atkins"
Transcribed by: Larry Kuhns
It's Beginning To Look
A Lot Like Christmas
Tab Tab
.zip
Fingerstyle Author: By James Pierpont, publ. 1857
Guitar Arrangement By: Kirk Warren
Little Drummer Boy Tab  Tab
.zip
Fingerstyle Author: Traditional
from "Christmas with Chet Atkins"
Transcribed by: Larry Kuhns
O' Come All Ye Faithful Tab Tab
.zip
Fingerstyle Author: Traditional
from "Christmas with Chet Atkins"
Transcribed by: Larry Kuhns
O' Come All Ye Faithful Tab
32K
Tab
.zip
Fingerstyle Author: John Wade
Arranged by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Tab Tab
.zip
Fingerstyle Author: John Marks (1949)
Arranged By: Larry Kuhns (1999)
Silent Night Tab Tab
.zip
Fingerstyle Author: Mehy-Gruber
From: Chet Atkins (East Tennessee Christmas)
Transcribed By: Larry Kuhns
We Three Kings Tab Tab
.zip
Fingerstyle Author: Traditional
TablEdit
by: Larry Kuhns

Easier Tunes for New Fingerstyle Players

If you're new to guitar in general or if you can play a mean guitar with a pick and want to explore fingerstyle guitar, the tunes in this section are selected to help you reach your goals.  If you're a fingerstyle guitar instructor, you may want to consider this material for your students, since many of these arrangements were specifically used for this purpose.  

These tunes are ideal for those just getting started in fingerstyle guitar and provide simpler material that will allow you to develop the requisite skill of playing bass and melody together.   They'll also allow you to get comfortable with playing the very common 'Travis style' alternating bass.   You can also use this material to get comfortable with some of the syncopation techniques between the bass and melody lines common in fingerstyle guitar.  These songs don't extend much, if at all, beyond the first 4 - 5 frets of the guitar so that you don't have to have a strong knowledge of the entire fretboard to be able to play them.  If you are very new to guitar, the easiest are "Andy Pandy", "I Saw Three Ships", and "Go Tell Aunt Rhody".  Once you have those down, try some of the others. 

NOTE: Don't let the "Easy" designation dissuade you, these are some great tunes and you'll find some will be challenging.  So give them a try and have fun with them.  They're all a pleasure to play.

Song TAB TAB Style Details
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Format
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Andy Pandy Tab
33K
Tab
.zip
Irish/
Celtic
Author: Traditional
Arranged by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
Bright Eyes Tab
105K
Tab
.zip
Contemp Author: Art Garfunkel
Arranged by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
Love Is The Sweetest Thing Tab
70K
Tab
.zip
Contemp Author: Ray Noble
Arranged by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
Gilgarry Mountain Tab
54K
Tab
.zip
Irish/
Celtic
Author: Traditional
Arranged by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
The Girl I Left Behind Tab
43K
Tab
.zip
Irish/
Celtic
Author: Traditional
Arranged by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
Go Tell Aunt Rhody Tab
105K
Tab
.zip
Folk Author: Traditional
Arranged by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
Guest House Blues Tab
65K
Tab
.zip
Blues
Open G
Author: Ian Jesse
Amended by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
Homestretch Tab
42K
Tab
.zip
Irish/
Celtic
Author: Traditional
Arranged by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
I Saw Three Ships Tab
22K
Tab
.zip
  Author: Traditional
Arranged by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
The Newsman Jig Tab
39K
Tab
.zip
Irish/
Celtic
Author: Traditional
Arranged by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
O' Come All Ye Faithful Tab
32K
Tab
.zip
christmas Author: John Wade
Arranged by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
Oh Papa Tab
114K
Tab
.zip
Blues Arranged by Kieran Fish & Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam
Ragtime Souvenirs Tab
62K
Tab
.zip
Ragtime Author: Unknown
Arranged by John Hardman
TAB by Steve McWilliam
You Are My Sunshine Tab
66K
Tab
.zip
Folk Author: J. Davis, C. Mitchell
Arranged by Steve McWilliam
TAB by Steve McWilliam

Panic Buttons

  If the MIDI just doesn't sound right, play one of these and see if it clears it up.
GM Reset GS Reset Full Voice Reset (Panic Button)

 

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