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Art of Contemporary Travis Picking

For Beginning Travis Pickers

by Mark Hanson

This book/CD course is the best teaching method available for the alternating-bass fingerpicking style (commonly called Travis Picking). It contains a comprehensive study of the patterns and variations of the style, taking you through your first two solo pieces. All exercises and tunes are played at half- and full-speed on the CD. This package is great for both beginning fingerpickers and more advanced players who want to learn this style. Fourteen pieces in all, arranged in gradually increasing degrees of difficulty.

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Over and Out Rag
Table of Contents
What You Need to Know
The Songs and the Recording
Picking-Hand Position
Four Basic Travis Pick Patterns
Pattern 1: “Outside-In”
Changing Chords
Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Songs to Play
“Sloop John B.”
Pattern 2: “Inside Out”
Alternating I-O and O-I
“John Barleycorn”
Pattern 3: “Pinch”
“Will the Circle Be Unbroken”
Additional Emphasis for the Pinch
“The Trees They Do Grow High”
Pattern 4: “Descending Arpeggio”
“Hush, Little Baby”
Ring-Finger Variations
Recognizing Ring-Finger Variations
“Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad”
Introductory Melody Playing
“Freight Train”
Necessities of Good Accompaniment Playing
Three-String Bass Patterns
“Watch the Stars”
Six-String Playing
“Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”
Hammer-on and Pull-Off
Consecutive Slurs
“I Know You Rider”
Two Chords Per Measure
Simultaneous Finger Notes
“The Water Is Wide”
Rhythmic Variations
“Hesitation Blues”
“Over and Out Rag”
"Art of Solo Fingerpicking" Preview
“Over and Out” Performance Notes
Appendix A: People to Hear
Appendix B: Contemporary Travis Picking Songs
Appendix C: Glossary
Appendix D: Tablature Guide
Appendix E: Chord Chart/Guitar Information

Art of Contemporary Travis Picking

Art of Contemporary Travis Picking

Cat# AM-1044

Standard Notation & Tablature


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