One Finger Guitar Songs? How it works...

With the "One Finger" concept you can play many string instruments - especially the guitar - with just one finger of the left hand. The right hand is strumming or picking the strings...

This is possible by changing the tuning of the guitar!

The next graphic shows the "standard tuning" of the guitar and the "One Finger Tuning".
The marked strings are tuned downwards, there is no need to change the strings of the guitar.

After the tuning of the guitar it can already start!

The individual songs are prepared in such a way that they can be played immediately by means of the lyrics and two lines of numbers.

The numbers of the line above the text represent the chords: "0" means "do not touch", all strings are played as empty strings. "1" means "fingering" all the strings before the first fret "," "2" means of course "gripping at the fret two" and so on.

The numbers of the line below the text indicate the melody played on the string specified in the book. Here too, the numbers tells the fret which you have to grab, but only with this one string. So you can recall the melody or find the pitch to sing along...

"Playing by numbers" - it is hardly any easier!

Each song has a small recommendation for strumming, as a small instruction for the right hand.

An example with explanations and a whole song:

"The easist guitar songbook ever!"


The books are made "language neutral" with graphics. And if text is needed, it is written down English AND German language - no matter whether german Folksongs or english kids songs are the subject ...

For Guitar only? No...

The "One Finger" concept can also be used with other string instruments.
Here are some PDF files from other instruments with the typical standard tunings and the appropriate "one finger" tuning:

Order the printed books

The songbooks can of course be ordered simply and unbureaucratically here.

Order and shipping are handled by the "Linzer Notenladen".
The "Linzer Notenladen" is a shop specialized in sheet music located in Linz, Austria with a very extensive assortment of sheet music and textbooks.
The section "Exclusiv- Noten" also offers self written sheet music and songbooks for ukulele, guitar, recorder, okarina, bluesharp...

The order and the shipping (shipping costs) are handled absolutely unbureaucratically, simply and fast.

Payment is safe and risk-free with PayPal®. Payment is also possible with the credit cards with the payment service PayPal too - there are no additional costs. If you do not have a Paypal account yet, it is easy, fast and free to get one - click "Pay with Paypal" and follow the instructions.

The books are shipped as a package with shipment tracking and receipt confirmation.

About the eBook... Do I need an eBook reader?

First of all: no, for this eBooks you don't need an eBook reader...!

"Amazon Kindle" is a product of the well known online shop "Amazon". This is the most widely used eBook reader and eBook data format.

The eBooks can be viewed not only with the Kindle Reader - you can also use any computer, tablet or smartphone:

... with the free Kindle-Apps for tablet, TV, computer, and others...

... with the free Online-Cloud Reader - without installing software.

The price of the songbooks depends on the dollar exchange rate - please go to Amazon to see the final price...

Frequently asked questions - FAQ

  • One Finger Songs?
    With the "One Finger" system, all songs can be played with only one finger of the left hand. All classical guitar fingerings fall away, you just have to press with one finger the guitar strings at the indicated fret.
  • How can this work?
    It's easy: change the guitar into the "one finger" tuning, so the most important tones are available. Using this simple tuning all songs have been reworked; other (better fitting) "chords" have been used, major / minor parallels are in use, etc.
  • Does this work with any guitar?
    Yes, no matter if 3/4 guitar, classical guitar or Western guitar, with steel strings or nylon, .. And also with other string instruments everything works well, see below.
  • Do I have to put other strings on the guitar?
    No, only a few strings are tuned downwards, so tearing the strings is very unlikely. The "B" string is tuned a bit downwards, since a stronger string would be better, but not necessary.
  • Do I need guitars fingerings or notes?
    The accompaniment of the songs is based on numbers that indicate the fret that must be griped. No knowledge of the music notes, chords or guitars fingerings are necessary.
  • How do I know when I need to grab the next fret?
    Since the songbooks do not need music notes and scores you should know the songs. The numbers of the frets are placed directly above the word and shows when the fret have to be changed. So if you know the song and can sing / hum it, you can play it. The same applies to the melody line (see below).
  • Ok, with one finger of the left hand. But what do I do with my right hand?
    The right hand is strumming in simple rhythms. For each song a recommendation of a strumming pattern is noted. These simple patterns can be found in each book and as video on our website. Who knows picking patterns can also use these, of course, here everything can be done...
  • What are the numbers of the third line?
    A song line consists of three lines: the first is the fret to be used for the accompaniment (in numbers), the second line is the lyrics. The third line is the melody line: here, again with numbers, the frets of a string are indicated, which must be griped in order to play the melody. This is handy if you can not remember exactly the melody, or to find the pitch for sing along.
  • The songs are too deep for me to sing, what can I do?
    The song can be played higher with the addition of a capo (available in every well-stocked music shop). The number "0" - which indicates the empty string - is then the fret where the capo is sitting.
  • Which other instruments does this system work with?
    Most string instruments can be tuned into the "one finger" tuning. A list with details about the tuning can be found on our website.
  • In which languages are the songbooks available?
    The majority of the information in the songbooks is presented as graphics without the need of a language. If words are necessary they are in english and german. The description in the eBook shop is in simple English, a language that almost everyone understands. The lyrics are in the respective original language, German vocals at german Folk Songs, English Folk Songs in English etc.
  • Do I need an eBook reader for eBooks?
    No, the eBooks can be read with any computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.. The necessary programs and apps are free, the links to this are in the book and on our website. And even without installation, you can read the books - directly in the Kindle Cloud Reader in your own browser, the Cloud Reader is, of course, free of charge.
  • When will there be new books?
    We are constantly working on new books of all genres. Simply visit our website or our Facebook page for information, and fans of the latter one will be automatically informed. Or subscribe to the newsletter on our website.


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3 CHORDS SONGBOOK - the beginner book

Wellknown songs from several genres with only three chords.

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In the book there is the first verse of each song with the right chords. Also there is a tip for the right pitch of the vocals - "Voc Start".

Printed book: DIN A5 landscape format, 32 pages

Download:  all lyrics (.pdf - 1,5mb)

Songlist: Alle Jahre wieder / Alphabet song / Banks of the Ohio / Die Gedanken sind frei / Die Affen rasen durch den Wald / Ein Jäger aus Kurpfalz / Es tanzt ein Bi-Ba-Butzemann / For he's a jolly good fellow / Horch was kommt von draußen rein / Hush, little baby / Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho / Joy to the world / Kein schöner Land / Meine Oma fährt im Hühnerstall Motorrad / Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann / O Tannenbaum / Oh du lieber Augustin / Oh, when the saints / Oh Susanna / Stille Nacht / The first Noel / Tom Dooley / Twinkle twinkle little star / Wahre Freundschaft

Folk & Gospel - Part 1


Wellknown Folk and Gospel Songs, incl. lyrics.

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Printed book: DIN A5 landscape format, 56 pages, spiral binding

Songlist: Amazing Grace / Banks of the Ohio / Dixie / Down in the valley / For he's a jolly good fellow / He's got the whole world in his hands / Jesse James / Kumbaya my Lord / Matty Groves / My Bonnie lies over the ocean / Oh my darling, Clementine / Oh Susanna / Oh when the saints / On top of Old Smokey / Red River valley / Skip to my Lou / Sweet Betsy from Pike / The John B. Sails (Sloop John B.) / The wild rover / Tom Dooley / Will the circle be unbroken? / We shall not be moved / When Johnny comes marching home / Yankee Doodle 


Folk & Gospel - Part 2


More wellknown Folk and Gospel Songs, incl. lyrics.

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Printed book: DIN A5 landscape format, 56 pages, spiral binding

Songlist: Auld Lang Syne / Beautiful dreamer / Camptown Races / Down by the Riverside / Frere Jacques / Go down Moses / Happy birthday to you / Home on the range / John Barleycorn / Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho / La cucaracha / Michael row the boat ashore / Midnight Special / My country, ‘tis of thee / Nobody knows the trouble I've seen / Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) / Polly Wolly Doodle / Rock my soul / Row, row, row your boat / Scarborough Fair / Swing low, sweet chariot / The house of the Rising Sun / What shall we do with the drunken sailor / Whiskey in the Jar


English Kids Songs


Lullabys and Nursery Songs, incl. lyrics.

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Printed book: DIN A5 landscape format, 52 pages, spiral binding

Songlist: A tisket a tasket / All The Pretty Little Horses / Alphabet song / Au claire de la lune / Baby Bumblebee / Bingo Song / Blow the man down / Brahms Lullaby / Cat came fiddling / Five Little Monkeys / Goodnight Ladies / Humpty Dumpty / Hush, little baby / Little Dustman / London Bridge / Mary had a little lamb / Muffin Man / My Bonnie lies over the ocean / Oh, my dearest Augustin / Old MacDonald had a farm / Pussy Cat Pussy Cat / Teddy Bear / Twinkle twinkle little star / What shall we do when we all go out


english Christmas Songs


Christmas songs from US and UK - incl. lyrics.

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Printed book: DIN A5 landscape format, 52 pages, spiral binding

Songlist: Angels we have heard on high / As with gladness men of old / Away in a Manger / Christmas in Killarney / Christmas is coming / Deck the Hall / Down in yon forest / God rest ye merry, Gentlemen / Go tell it on the mountain / Hark! The herold angels sing / I saw three ships / Jingle Bells / Joy to the world / Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee / Lo how a Rose e'er blooming / O Christmas tree / O come, all ye faithful / On Christmas night / O Holy Night / Silent Night / The first Noel / We wish you a Merry Christmas / What child is this / Winter Wonderland


German Kids Songs - Part 1


German Kids Songs - for kids and adults, incl. original lyrics.


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Printed book: DIN A5 landscape format, 48 pages, spiral binding

Songlist: Alle meine Entchen / Alle Vöglein sind schon da / Aram sam sam / Auf der Mauer, auf der Lauer / Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck / Backe, backe Kuchen / Brüderchen, komm, tanz mit mir! / Der Kuckuck und der Esel / Die Affen rasen durch den Wald / Drei Chinesen mit dem Kontrabass / Ein Loch ist im Eimer / Ein Männlein steht im Walde / Ein Vogel wollte Hochzeit machen - Die Vogelhochzeit / Es tanzt ein Bi-Ba-Butzemann / Fuchs, du hast die Gans gestohlen / Grün, grün, grün sind alle meine Kleider / Hänsel und Gretel verliefen sich im Wald / Hänschen klein / Hopp, hopp, hopp! Pferdchen lauf Galopp! / In meinem kleinen Apfel / Kommt ein Vogel geflogen / Meine Oma fährt im Hühnerstall Motorrad / Spannenlanger Hansel / Summ, summ, sum


German Folksongs - Part 1


Old and new german Folksongs, incl. original lyrics.

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Printed book: DIN A5 landscape format, 56 pages, spiral binding

Songlist: Am Brunnen vor dem Tore / Auf, du junger Wandersmann / Bruder Jakob / Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust / Der Mai ist gekommen / Der Mond ist aufgegangen / Die Gedanken sind frei / Die Loreley / Du, du, liegst mir im Herzen / Ein Jäger aus Kurpfalz / Es klappert die Mühle am rauschenden Bach / Freude, schöner Götterfunken / Guten Abend, gut Nacht / Horch was kommt von draußen rein / Im Frühtau zu Berge wir ziehn / Kein schöner Land / Lustig ist das Zigeunerleben / Muss i denn, muss i denn (Wooden heart) / Oh du lieber Augustin / Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein steh'n - Heidenröslein / Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf / Schwarzbraun ist die Haselnuss / Wahre Freundschaft / Wem Gott will rechte Gunst erweisen


German Christmas Songs


The best songbook for the holy evening, incl. original lyrics.

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Printed book: DIN A5 landscape format, 52 pages, spiral binding

Songlist: Aber, heidschi bumbeidschi / Alle Jahre wieder / Am Weihnachtsbaume die Lichter brennen / Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen / Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen / Es wird scho glei dumper / Fröhliche Weihnacht überall / Ihr Kinderlein kommet / In dulci jubilo / Josef, lieber Josef mein / Kling, Glöckchen, kling / Kommet ihr Hirten / Lasst uns froh und munter sein / Leise rieselt der Schnee / Maria durch ein Dornwald ging / Morgen Kinder wirds was geben / Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann / O du fröhliche / O Tannenbaum / Schneeflöckchen, Weißröckchen / Still, still, still, weil's Kindlein schlafen will / Stille Nacht / Süßer die Glocken nie klingen / Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her




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  • German Folk Songs - Part 2

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