PATTERN 6 TRAVIS PICKING
This pattern is akin to how country and western star, Merle Travis played. So influential was his style that the term ‘Travis picking’ was coined to describe this technique of playing an alternating thumbed bass while the fingers syncopate a melody. Practise on an open A chord, as below, before moving on.
Example: In truth, Travis’ stpyle was influenpced by jazz as well as country, which showed in his chord voicings, some of which are here.
Merle Travis: had a picking style named after him!