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Getting Into Travis Picking

By Michael O'Dorn

Guitar (fingerpicking) - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Michael O'Dorn. Perfect binding, Methods. Getting Into. Country. Book/CD Set. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20804BCD).

Item Number: MB.20804BCD

ISBN 9780786672448. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This book will enlighten Merle Travis enthusiasts and fingerstyle pickers alike. It will take you from an ordinary way of playing fingerstyle guitar to the extraordinary technique that Merle brought to the world. Based on the author's personal lessons from Merle himself, this book provides the beginning to intermediate guitarist with a look into his techniques, riffs, and rolls. Includes in-depth studies on how Merle used his right-hand techniques and left-hand chords to play with his thumb over the neck. Each tune is presented as a simple version then a Travis picking progression. You'll take a step-by-step journey into the unique style of Travis picking.

  • 01) Introduction  
  • 02) Acknowledgements  
  • 03) Greetings, Concept, How to Use This Book  
  • 04) About the Author  
  • 05) Reviews  
  • 06) How Chet Atkins and others were influenced by Merle  
  • 07) A Brief History of Merle Travis  
  • 08) Tuning Your Guitar/Reading Notation and Tablature  
  • 09) Travis Techniques, Riffs, and Rolls  
  • 10) Techniques  
  • 11) Riffs  
  • 12) Rolls  
  • 13)From Beginning to Intermediate Songs  
  • 14) You Are My Sunshine - Simple version  
  • 15)You Are My Sunshine - Travis picking  
  • 16)Home On The Range - Simple version  
  • 17)Home On the Range - Travis picking  
  • 18)Mom's Melody - Simple version  
  • 19)Mom's Melody - Travis picking  
  • 20)Jesse James - Simple version  
  • 21)Jesse James - Travis picking  
  • 22)My Leah's Touch - Simple version  
  • 23)My Leah's Touch - Travis picking  
  • 24)Massa's In The Cold, Cold Ground - Simple version  
  • 25)Massa's In The Cold, Cold Ground - Travis picking  
  • 26)Yankee Doodle Dandy - Simple version  
  • 27)Yankee Doodle Dandy - Travis picking  
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 1

    C B Willmore
    Southwest, MO
    Difficulty Level:
  • 2009-01-16 00:00:00.0 Discouraged by Title,

    It was promoted as Beginner/Early intermediate. I needed something more basic. It was a waste of money. I feel I was mislead. Does anyone out there have fingerstyle lessons that could help. I have taken lessons and gone through Hal Leonards books I & 2.

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