travis picking

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  1. Brian hammond

    Brian hammond Member

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    anyone out there recommend a good lesson for travis picking to begin with? really digging into rockabilly lately ... my lead chops are decent with a pick but I have never been a fingerpicker.
     
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    The Art Of Contemporary Travis Picking Paperback – January 1, 1992
    by Mark Hanson (Author)
     
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    thanks bro. lol. think I will steer clear of the paperback rack...
     
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    Fingerstyle guitar by Ken Perlman. If you can make it through half of this book, you can kickass at fingerpicking. I believe you can google page 30 from this book and see a list of various patterns in different keys that basically covers everything. There is also an "advanced" version if you are brave.
     
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    +1 on Mark Hanson. He is an awesome fingerpicker & instructor, in whatever format. He has some instructional DVD's available also.
     
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    Truefire has a couple of courses by Tommy Emanuel. They are very good. In the introductory course he goes in-depth into the basics. Very good for building a solid foundation. I have these courses as well as the Mark Hanson books, which are also excellent. Have fun! It's a great style to play.
     
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    That was a CU Next Tuesday reply to people just trying to help you out, BRO
     
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    no, I looked and couldn't find the book ,I'm at work at the moment ,I thought maybe u were pulling my leg, I always appreciate any help and people who take time to help a stranger. I will try to resear,h it again but I'm a Paramedic on a ambulance and things move quickly here.
     
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    Just youtube for basics... than find some tab to practice and be disciplined in your practice to make sure you're using the right fingers (thumb for strings 4-6 and index, middle, ring fingers for for strings 3-1 in the order I listed.

    From there you can find a lot of free sheet music, I did learn TP from a book though I can't recall the book atm I'm at work.

    Incan recommend tabs out there to learn songs like Landslide (my first TP tune) Blackbird, Dust in The Wind
     
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    This is the one. Short book, maybe 40 pages. Get a metronome and spend many months with this book. Once your right hand is flowing with these lessons, you'll be able to do whatever you need.
     
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    You mention rockabilly as your travis picking influence. Transcribe/find transcriptions of Danny Gatton. Hybrid may be the way to go if you are already comfortable with picking.
     
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    What's the Travis feature on Will The Circle Be Unbroken? That'd be a good lesson.
     
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    He uses to melody to "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" to illustrate how to add melodies and embellish them. The next section of the book on Merle's technique is a nice addition also.
     
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    hybrid IS the way I'm really thinking about going with this as rockabilly is what I'm interested in. I believe I can pretty much use same reference material just pick the thumb parts with my pick and use the other 3 for the higher parts. I have never really "fingerpicked"so it's a train wreck at the moment lol,but I really like the idea of the challenge of something new. I bought the steve travoto scotty moore dvd and will give that a try ,so we'll see!
     
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    I'm talking about the showpiece Merle plays on the Dirt Band album.
     
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    [QUOTE="No_Stairway, post: 27764306, member: 198568]

    Incan recommend tabs out there to learn songs like Landslide (my first TP tune) Blackbird, Dust in The Wind[/QUOTE]

    No disrespect intended but are those considered TP style songs? Landslide and Dust especially are just straight up fingerpicking. TP features alternating bass with melody.
     
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  18. Brian hammond

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    do you think this book is good for rockabilly / 50 s style picking?that's what I'm after... reviews seem to not use those description s. more folk acoustic ki n thing
    No disrespect intended but are those considered TP style songs? Landslide and Dust especially are just straight up fingerpicking. TP features alternating bass with melody.[/QUOTE]
    yeah,, that was my thought too I'm not interested in folk or classic 70 s rock stuff so much as the rockabilly. 50 s scotty moore stuff
     
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    Ken Perlman's book is what did it for me. Getting your thumb to "decouple" from your fingers can be really hard at first. For that reason I would avoid tunes that are complex, to begin with. One doesn't learn to swim in the deep end, assuming that one desires to swim for many years. KISS applies here.
     
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