Rocker picks up skill

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

ROCKER turned ac­tor Os­car Isaac has adopted a new style of gui­tar play­ing af­ter hav­ing to learn the skill for the film In­side Llewyn Davis. The for­mer punk star por­trays the ti­tle char­ac­ter in the Coen Brothers’ up­com­ing movie, about a folk singer try­ing to make it in 1960s New York, and his prepa­ra­tion for the role has come in handy. ‘‘I had to learn ‘Travis pick­ing’, where your thumb is like the metronome and you’re play­ing the bass line and the melody at the same time,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s this very tricky, syn­co­pated style of play­ing, and once I locked in to it, I haven’t been able to get out.’’

In­side Llewyn Davis opens in Aus­tralia on Fe­bru­ary 6 next year

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