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Travis-Style Guitar from Scratch

By Bruce Emery

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Instructional and Technique. Instructional book. 85 pages. Published by Skeptical Guitarist Publications (SG.SGP-011).

Item Number: SG.SGP-011
ISBN 0-9788609-0-X. Instructional and Technique.

Solo Travis-Style Fingerpicking is a tricky thing. You need to be able to keep a steady bassline going with your right thumb as you play melodies and harmonies with your index, middle and ring fingers. It's like patting your head and rubbing your belly, except that it creates music. Ragtime piano players do the same sort of thing when they split up these two functions between the left and right hands.It is NOT the purpose of this book to present actual transcriptions of the pieces that Merle or Chet or Leo have played. That way lies sorrow and disappointment (I know because I've been that way). We'll start-off simply and add complexity in a measured fashion. See this as an opportunity to take that knuckle-headed thumb of yours and whip it into shape before you try to take on the Travis-Style classics. And even if you've been playing this style for a while, I think some of the material toward the end may still quicken the pulse and knit the brow.

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