“Fingerpicking Etude no. 26: Travis Picking” – Rock Class 101

Below is the lesson for Fingerpicking Etude no. 26: “Travis Picking”.

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This baritone ukulele etude was inspired by the music from the motion picture, Into the Wild. Its focus is on developing Travis picking technique. Travis picking, named after Merle Travis, is a repetitive right hand picking pattern where the underlying chords continually change.

If you’re familiar with the movie, you may remember that Eddie Vedder (from Pearl Jam) scored the soundtrack. A few songs on the album use Travis picking. I absolutely love the sound that this technique creates! It set the perfect backdrop for the adventures that Christopher McCandless (the protagonist) embarked on.

Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson

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