Travis Picking – What is it? And How to Do it on Ukulele!

How to Travis Pick on the Ukulele

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Travis picking, named after Merle Travis, is a repetitive right hand picking pattern where the underlying chords continually change. Famous examples of this picking style include ‘Dust in the Wind’ by Kansas and our example song: ‘Landslide’ by Fleetwood Mac. The riff consists of three chords and two chord shapes. Memorize the shapes and the right hand picking pattern and work it up to speed slowly. If you enjoyed this lesson, sign up for premium membership and you can learn the complete arrangement.

Listen to the complete arrangement here: ‘Landslide’ – Fleetwood Mac.

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