Classic “Boom-Chick” Travis Picking
Now, let’s learn the classic sound of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Tommy Emmanuel. This is one of the most fun things you can do on guitar in my opinion. Take a listen below and start learning this style as there is nothing else like it on guitar!
How to Travis Pick in the Vintage Styles of Merle, Chet, and Tommy
Step #1 The Bassline
Step #2 High E String Ping
Step #3 Moving Melody
It is so important you get the above sorted before moving on to the next steps. Remember to check out the TAB, slow the videos down, and watch multiple times if you need to.
Step #4 Doubling the Melody
Step #5 A Rich Chordal Pinch
Step #6 Adding More Groove
Step #7 Change of String
Keep taking your time with this lesson and keep having fun! Retrace the earlier steps for this technique if need be – it won’t take long, but it may make a big difference. If you are ready, let’s move on to the next section…
Step #8 Mixing Up Strings
Step #9 Adding Pull-Offs
Step #10 The Final Example
It took me many hours to get half-decent at this style. Be patient, work on it one step at a time, and you will get there! Most of all, enjoy the journey!