Fingerstyle Guitar with Eve Goldberg

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Eve Goldberg

Eve Goldberg brings years of experience, knowledge and passion to her fingerstyle series. Learn the very basics and proceed to more advanced topics with fun, easy-to-digest lessons.

44 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Join Eve as she covers the basics of the fingerstyle genre, then uses a variety of songs to solidify these concepts in your fingers!


Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar

To kick off her new Phase 2 Fingerstyle lesson series, Eve Goldberg talks about fingerstyle, why she likes it, artists who play it, and more.

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Basic Fingerstyle Principles

Eve Goldebrg talks about the basic principles behind fingerstyle guitar and provides some exercises to get you started.

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Skip to My Lou Part 1

Eve Goldberg presents a lesson to help cement basic fingerstyle techniques using "Skip to My Lou" as a simple practice song.

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Skip to My Lou Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion on the simple tune "Skip to My Lou" as a way of showing basic fingerstyle techniques.

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Skip to My Lou Part 3

Eve Goldberg concludes "Skip to My Lou" in this lesson by going over the last line of the song.

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Introduction to Shortnin' Bread

Eve Goldberg spends some time talking about right hand positioning in the first part of this lesson. Then, she moves on to introduce a new song called "Shortnin' Bread."

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Shortnin' Bread Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion of "Shortnin' Bread" in this lesson.

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Shortnin' Bread Part 3

Eve Goldberg continues instruction on the song "Shortnin' Bread" in this lesson by taking a look at pattern 2.

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Shortnin' Bread Part 4

Eve Goldberg talks about pattern 3 in the song "Shortnin' Bread" then puts it all together.

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Shortnin' Bread Part 5

Eve Goldberg continues "Shortnin' Bread" with a lesson on the melody for the verse, or the "B" part of the song.

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Introduction to Syncopation

Eve Goldberg introduces the concept of syncopation into "Shortnin' Bread."

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Applying Syncopation: Pattern 1

In this lesson, Eve Goldberg adds syncopation to the melody of "Shortnin' Bread."

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Applying Syncopation: Pattern 2

Eve Goldberg applied syncopation to Pattern 1 in the last lesson. Now, she adds syncopation to Pattern 2.

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Applying Syncopation: Pattern 3

Eve Goldberg revisits "Shortnin' Bread" with a lesson on syncopating Pattern 3.

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Applying Syncopation: Putting it Together

Eve Goldberg takes all 3 patterns and brings them together in the song "Shortnin' Bread."

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Using a Metronome

Eve Goldberg explains the most effective way to practice with a metronome.

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Syncopation: Variation Two Part 1

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion on "Shortnin' Bread" and syncopation with a new variation.

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Syncopation: Variation Two Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues teaching the second syncopation variation with a look at pattern two.

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Syncopation: Variation Two Part 3

In this lesson, Eve Goldberg covers pattern three in her second syncopation variation mini-series.

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Syncopation: Variation Two All Together

Eve Goldberg finishes up the second syncopation variation with a lesson on how to put it all together.

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Syncopation: Variation Three Part 1

Eve Goldberg reviews her third syncopation variation using the song "Shortnin' Bread" as an example.

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Syncopation: Variation Three Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues "Shortnin' Bread" by applying her third syncopation variation to pattern two.

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Syncopation: Variation Three Part 3

In her fingerstyle lesson 23, Eve Goldberg takes a look at the final pattern of syncopation variation three.

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Syncopation: Variation Three All Together

Eve Goldberg concludes her mini-series on syncopation variation three with a lesson on putting it all together.

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Syncopation: Variation Four Part 1

In lesson 25 of her fingerstyle series, Eve Goldberg adds a brand new syncopation variation to your bag of tricks.

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Syncopation: Variation Four Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion of the fourth syncopation variation in her fingerstyle series.

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Syncopation: Variation Four Part 3

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion on the fourth syncopation variation with a look at the third pattern.

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Syncopation: Variation Four All Together

Eve Goldberg concludes her mini-series on syncopation variation four with a lesson on putting it all together.

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Syncopation: All Patterns

Eve Goldberg takes some time to discuss the possibility of mixing your syncopation patterns together. Doing this will help personalize and add spice to your playing.

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Reading Fingerstyle Tablature

Eve Goldberg takes a few minutes to discuss some of the trickier parts of reading tablature for fingerstyle guitar.

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Freight Train Part 1

Eve Goldberg is back with a new tune in her fingerstyle series! This time she introduces "Freight Train," a beautiful song you will be learning and using to pick up new techniques in lessons to come.

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Freight Train Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion on the song "Freight Train" with a close look at the first half of the melody.

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Freight Train Part 3

Eve Goldberg continues "Freight Train" with a lesson on the second half of the melody.

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Freight Train Part 4

Eve Goldberg takes a look at a fun syncopation for the song "Freight Train" in this lesson.

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Freight Train Part 5

Eve Goldberg finishes up the syncopation for "Freight Train" by taking a look at the second part.

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Freight Train: Part 6

Eve returns to her fingerstyle lesson series by adding another lesson in her look at the tune "Freight Train". In this lesson you'll learn a new way to interpret the rhythm of the melody.

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Freight Train: Part 7

Now that you've learned the new syncopation pattern and the first part of Freight Train, it's time to apply the pattern to the second half of the tune.

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Freight Train: Part 8

In lesson 38, Eve continues her look at the iconic fingerstyle standard "Freight Train." In this lesson she introduces yet another syncopation that you can add to the melody to spice up the tune.

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Freight Train: Part 9

In lesson 39 of her fingerstyle series, Eve is taking a look at the second half of "Freight Train" with your most recently learned syncopation rhythm.

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Freight Train: Part 10

In the tenth installment of Eve's look at Freight Train, she introduces a fourth syncopation to be added to the melody. You'll look at the first part of the melody in this lesson and the second part of the melody in the next.

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Freight Train: Part 11

In lesson 41, you'll be taking the syncopation rhythm that you learned in lesson 40 and applying it to the last part of the tune Freight Train. Once you've done this, you'll be putting the entire melody together with the new rhythm.

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Freight Train: Part 12

Now that you should have four different syncopation variations under your fingers, it's time to start looking at how to combine those patterns to make the tune more interesting. In lesson 42 you'll be doing just that. Eve talks about the various ways you can use these different patterns to spice up the song as you desire.

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Freight Train: Part 13

Nearing the end of Eve's study on the iconic fingerstyle tune "Freight Train," she offers up a few more items that you can add to make the song unique. Specifically she looks ad adding melody notes on the third string, changing the bass lines and adding palm muting.

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Freight Train: Part 14

Congratulations! You made it to the final installment in Eve's study of "Freight Train." By now you have all the picking patterns, syncopation ideas and flair to make this song your own. The only thing there is to do at this point is add your lyrics and make your own arrangement. In this final look at the tune, Eve discusses ways that you can lay the lyrics over top of the song and change it around to make it uniquely yours!

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  • Toronto, Canada
  • Playing since 1978
  • 134 lessons at JamPlay
Imagine a kitchen party where Mother Maybelle Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Patsy Cline show up, and you begin to get a sense of what it feels like inside songwriter Eve Goldberg's head. Never one to restrict herself to one genre of music, Eve has performed her trademark mixture of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old time, and jazz in venues ranging from small house concerts to the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC since 1990.

Eve was born in the Boston area but has called Toronto, Ontario home since 1981. As a child, she was dragged to folk concerts by the likes of The Weavers, Doc Watson, Arlo Guthrie, the Watersons, and countless others. Eventually it sank in, and as a teenager she began to devour all kinds of contemporary and traditional roots music. She began performing in 1990, and hasn't looked back since. Along the way she's earned the respect of legendary musicians like Peggy Seeger, Geoff Muldaur, and Penny Lang.

Her watercolour voice and solid guitar style has become a favourite at festivals, folk clubs, and concert series across Canada and the US. With an equal passion for traditional music, and for the art of songwriting and interpretation, Eve's performances are intimate and relaxed, moving effortlessly from folk classics to original gems, all wrapped up in her clear, pure voice and dynamic guitar playing. She has released two albums to widespread acclaim -- 1998's "Ever Brightening Day" released on her own Sweet Patootie Music label, and 2003's "Crossing the Water," released by The Borealis Recording Company. Her instrumental tune "Watermelon Sorbet" was used for years as the opening theme to the popular CBC national radio show "Richardson's Roundup."

Her latest album "A Kinder Season" was released in September 2007 on Borealis Records (US Release: Jan 9, 2007). Recorded in the months after her mother's death, the album is a remarkable personal testament to the joy and hope that lurks somewhere beyond the heartache, and the sweetness that can be found even in the bitterest seasons of life. Produced by Ken Whiteley, "A Kinder Season" features twelve new originals that firmly establish Eve as a compelling and thoughtful writer whose songs draw honey from the rock of human experience. As legendary blues musician Geoff Muldaur put it, "As far as I'm concerned, Eve Goldberg is on the verge of riches. Big name folks would want to get hold of this stuff."

In January 2008, Eve released "The Streets of Burma," a song inspired by the peaceful demonstrations of monks and nuns in Burma in September 2007. Since then, Amnesty International Canada has used the song as part of its campaign to free U Gambira, one of the monks arrested following his participation in the protests. Visitors to can listen to a preview of the song, find out more about the situation in Burma, sign an e-postcard to help free U Gambira, and if they want, download the song in exchange for a donation to Amnesty International Canada.

"A pure and pleasing voice and a performance style that know no bounds."
  - Greg Quill, Toronto Star

" of the most promising young singers in the Canadian folk scene"
  -  Alistair Brown, Greenman Review

"Wow! Ever Brightening Day is one of the best albums I've heard this year!"
  -  Back Porch Music Distribution

Reviews & Feedback 93/100 with 465 ratings

All new ideas to me. Teacher is very personable and clear.

Stephen Fitz

all three above. Eve is incredible. Love her style, like my camp counselor when I was a teenager.

john losoya

and the other two bullet points !


Am loving this so much!! Thank you for your easily understood and enjoyable lessons!


No magic just step by step and no steps missing.

david deutsch

Easy to understand and just what I needed


Eve is a great instructor


Eve is a great teacher. I'm older and hard of hearing but I hear her crystal clear. She really knows her stuff and explains it beautifully.


freight train!<3

bruce bailey

good encouraging & clear instruction


Good pacing of lesson. Also presents basic concepts that will be useful for learning any tunes later on.


Great instruction. Eve's lessons are well paced.


Would be good to be able to mark all 3 options above. So my comment is to consider them marked. Eve, you have really upped my game and I will always be grateful. Thank you.


Thank you for the fingers' position tips. It's truly great tips.


Plan to go through his series!


I have taken quite a few of Eve's lessons. I always walk away with a definitive benefit. I've have had private lessons from teachers I respect but Eve has moved me forward quickly. I have poked around with the other instructors and they are ok


The best teacher ever!!! YEAH!!!!!


just what i've been looking for. where can i print the tab?


Pretty awesome!


Loved the series! Great stuff


She explains the process in a very well.


She is just the right person for beginners.


Signed in today for a year because of the way Eve explain the process very clear very easy to follow. Thank you Eve


smiled as soon as she said Doc Watson


Thanks for the clear lesson, I understood easily and feel it will help me start practing.


Thanks that was a great lesson.


The best teacher, sweet,knowledgeable, very patient,etc.etc.


The does a great job of breaking it down. I don't know how she can keep it straight, going *that* slow, but it's great for beginners.


Yay fingerstyle!


Very clear and understandable.


Very conscious of new guitar players. Thank you.


very easy to understand great speed to learn at visuals are great


Very Nice!


What a beautiful voice and talented player! Very nice indeed!


wish they had the music below the teacher while pcking


would like to pass on shortnin bread...