Travis Picking

Here's all the lessons I've made on the topic of Travis Picking, which is a fingerstyle technique where your right thumb alternates between bass notes (while your right index focuses on melody). This is very tricky to learn, at first — but can be incredibly satisfying! I look forward to building out this collection of lessons in the months ahead, but in the meantime wanted to compile everything here.

How does Travis Picking Work?

At the moment, the best introductory summary of Travis Picking is the following video. It explains how Travis Picking is different from "normal" fingerstyle, which is something I wish was explained to me far earlier in my guitar journey.

Techniques to Help Learn Travis Picking

Here's a few of the videos I've made tackling essential left- and right-hand techniques you'll need as you get into Travis Picking. Whether you go on to learn full songs or settle into some riffs & exercises, keeping all these tips in mind will help you out immensely.

Song Lessons Using Travis Picking

Finally, here's the list song lessons I've made that use the Travis Picking technique. You'll very often hear this technique used in songs by Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, John Prine, Bob Dylan, and others.

Riffs & Exercises Using Travis Picking

Here's a series of exercises and "riffs" I've made lessons for which use this technique. These lessons are sometimes inspired by existing songs, while other times they're borne out of my own improvisation & exploration with the Travis Picking technique.

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