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Travis Picking

13 Lessons

About this course

Want to play guitar like Crosby Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan, or Chet Atkins? All of these guitarists used travis picking as their essential right hand technique.

Unfortunately, almost all new guitarists develop bad habits when they first begin to travis pick . After all, it is far more complex than strumming. You have to press down the correct frets with the left hand, pluck the correct string with the correct finger with the right hand and also play the right rhythms.

Even the best of intentioned students end up with one or more of these things going wrong.

This is where I come in. Take this course and feel confident you are learning the correct way!

Course Structure

Start Here

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3 Fundamentals of Music

The reason most guitar players fail to travis pick correctly is because they do not know the 3 fundamentals of music...

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Vocabulary and Chords

Memorize a few things and save yourself a lot of head scratching in the next lessons!

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Top 2 Travis Picking Patterns

If you master these two patterns, you can fake your way through any travis picking song.

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Alternating Bass

The secret to travis picking is mastering each core element before trying an advanced pattern. Though these may seem simple, they will save you hours of practice!

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Outer Inner

One of our core elements of Travis Picking. Master this, and you will play more difficult patterns with ease.

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Every Other

This is one of our core elements of Travis Picking. Master this, and you will play more difficult patterns with ease.

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Bass Pinch

One of our core travis picking elements. Master this, and you will play more difficult patterns with ease.

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Bass Inner

One of our core travis picking elements. Master this, and you will play more difficult patterns with ease.

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Pinch Inner

One of our main travis picking elements. If you master this, more complicated patterns will come with ease. 

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Outer Inner (Official Patterns)

These are complex patterns that you will employ for the rest of your guitar playing career. They are beautiful and well worth your practice time.

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Every Other (Official Patterns)

These are complex patters that you will play for the rest of your guitar playing career. They are beautiful and well worth your practice time.

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Creating Your Own Travis Picking Pattern

The ultimate knowing of any musical concept is the act of creating your own music with it. Have fun with this!

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