My Learning Project Baseline

My Learning Project

After much thought I have decided to learn how to Travis Pick on my guitar. What is that, you ask? Travis picking is a guitar technique, more along the intermediate or advanced difficulty, that encompasses the guitar player playing both the bass line and the melody at the same time. This method has been used by many great guitar players like Chet Atkins, Mark Knopfler, and Merle Travis (who it’s named after), just to name a few. In case you’re interested, here is a video of Chet Atkins doing what he did best!

Video Credit: James Stiltner

Also, here is a video of one of my personal favourite guitar players, Brad Paisley, explaining the method. Pay close attention to the 1:00-1:35 minute mark.

Video Credit: SiriusXM

I have already started to learn this method, but I am nowhere near where I want to be. So far, I can work with a walking baseline, which means that I can change notes with my thumb as I am playing, which is fairly simple. So, basically, I am still a beginner when it comes to this method. In order to keep learning, I am subscribed to a guitar website called Six String Country where they have specific courses, one of which being Travis Picking, which I have linked to. I typically practice every day for variable amounts of time – sometimes 10 minutes, sometimes hours. My plan is to use that website to help me follow a natural progression of skill. I know I will be able to get it with enough practice and patience.

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