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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!

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