0017 – Freight Train
Sheet Music - PDF Download, 2 pages, beginner-intermediate level
MP3 included in download
This is one of the most celebrated of fingerpicking numbers, written by Elizabeth Cotten, who played it with only the thumb and index finger, but with the guitar strung upside-down, so that the thumb picked the melody notes and the index played the bass. Needless to say, that is not the way to play this version, which is pretty simple. There is also a variation, which will help the student get used to syncopating melodies in a basic way.
There is a recording of my playing a more complex version of this one on Northern Skies, Southern Blues (a duo record with Stefan Grossman).