Instruction Book Detail

Travis Pick the Hits!  

For Lower-Intermediate through Advanced Fingerstyle Players

Mark Hanson

Mark’s 2015 book/CD, “Travis Pick the Hits!”, is a great source of SOLO GUITAR repertoire for those who have spent time working through Mark’s Contemporary Travis Picking and Art Of Solo Fingerpicking - and even for those who haven’t!

The goal of “Travis Pick the Hits!” is to provide guitarists with enjoyable, playable arrangements of well-known popular songs in the alternating-bass fingerpicking style - no singing necessary. The song list includes ‘60s standards like "Happy Together" and "Brown Eyed Girl.” a Bob Marley reggae tune, and 21st-century hits from Maroon 5 and Coldplay, all complete with melody, harmony and basslines. 

The 12 songs were chosen for their popularity and the innate musical characteristics that allow them to be successfully set in the alternating-bass fingerpicking style. The full-length recording features Mark performing all of the tunes in the book. Copious notes accompany each tune, describing the techniques involved to make the tune sound as good as possible!

FREE BONUS: Order by November 30, 2015, and receive Mark’s brand new arrangement of the Irish classic “Parting Glass.” (Audio/Notation/Tab)

Please note: This product is NOT available as a digital download.

A quote from national fingerpicking champion Pete Huttlinger:
"I keep running into folks who have attended your camp and they play great arrangements that you taught them. Well done, Mark!”

Read a review from the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society magazine.


Your Relaxing Songs and Travis Pick the Hits recordings have become our dinner music around here!

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Table of Contents

Explanations of the First Three Songs
"Moonshadow" (Cat Stevens)
"In the Summertime"(Mungo Jerry)
"Jennifer Juniper" (Donovan)
Explanations of the Next Three Songs
"Three Little Birds" (Bob Marley)
"House at Pooh Corner" (Kenny Loggins)
"I Will Follow You Into the Dark" (Death Cab for Cutie)
Explanations of the Next Three Songs
"Fields of Gold" (Sting)
Walk Away Renee (Left Banke)
"Happy Together" (Turtles)
Explanations of the Last Three Songs
"Brown Eyed Girl" (Van Morrison)
"She Will Be Loved" (Maroon 5)
"Clocks" (Coldplay)
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