Below is the lesson for “Fingerpicking Etude no. 5” by Rock Class 101.
Two beautiful melodies that are fingerpicked entirely using Travis picking. Travis picking, named after Merle Travis, is a repetitive right hand picking pattern where the underlying chords continually change. A couple things to keep in mind when playing this piece are: timing and volume level of notes picked.
This piece should be played at a steady tempo until the end of both melodies (ritardando in bars 11-12 and 23-24). Also, a uniform level of volume should be applied to all picked notes. In other words, try to fingerpick every note with the same amount of pressure, to produce an even volume level.
Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson