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1 20th April 10:28
eyix
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just learned dust in the wind for kansas. looking for some songs to
expand the travis picking technic on. dust in the wind is very basic,
basically the same picking pattern for the entire song and easy chords
to finger. anything that would be a set up? I'm looking forward to
learning to play some mississippi john hurt songs... eventually.

thanks,
eyi
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2 20th April 10:29
dreams5
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Did you learn from a lesson online? I would like to learn that song too, if
you could help!
Paula
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3 20th April 10:30
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Also consider a song by Gordon Lightfoot called "On the High Seas" -
a heart-melting ballad, and a steady not-too-fast Travis style pattern.

Tony Meloche


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4 20th April 22:27
tony meloche
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No, to use the terminology correctly (and I wasn't; I was using it
loosely), you are right. It's just been my experience on this group
that when someone gets interested in "Travis picking", they are actually
talking about finger picking generally. And as I said, that is *very*
loose use of the terminology. To be *absolutely* specific, Travis
picking uses the thumb in alternate bass pattern and the index finger -
*only* the index finger - on melody (that's how Merle Travis played:
Thumb and index finger only). I fingerpick thumb and three fingers,
which I call "Atkins-style", and that's not exactly correct, either -
Atkins used thumb and *two* fingers.
Still, "High Seas" is a fabulous tune for finger-picking, let alone
singing (a favorite of mine). So is "Restless".

The Old Guy


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5 21st April 04:36
the colemans
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I haven't heard anyone call it clawhammer since I was about 15.. that would
me mid sixties. *G*

As I recall this has more to do with the grandpa jones style of playing..
thumb and finger(s) to brush..
when you get good at it, it seems like fingerpicking.. because the thumb is
fast and the brush strokes can hit as few as one string.
There's another name for this.. but I can't remember it.

Though you see guys like grandpa jones using this on banjo most of the time,
it's also a guitar technique.

You are probably just fingerpicking and calling it clawhammer. *s*

try the mark hanson book about travis picking.. that's the style we're
really talking about here, updated a bit but all there.

Twang!
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6 21st April 04:36
tony meloche
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Red had more outright talent - "flash", "technique", but Terry has
much more *musicality*, to my ears. I prefer Terry's playing (and Terry
has technique aplenty of his own, of course).

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7 21st April 04:37
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I used this site. Worked great for me.
http://www.guitarland.com/Travis.html
Just play the pattern at each level off complexity until you get the
hang of it. Helps to count it out. The full pattern being 1 and 2 and
3 and 4 and, i think, with the thumb being 1,2,3,4 and the index and
middle finger being the ands.

excellent dust in the wind tab:
http://members.tripod.com/~Fabriano/dust_in_the_wind.txt

eyi
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8 21st April 21:54
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You might try "Spike Driver Blues" by Mississippi John Hurt. It's
basically just a bunch of licks played off the open G chord.
Relativity easy to play and sounds cool. You can find the tab in
Happy Traum's book "Finger Picking Styles for Guitar".

Mike
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9 21st April 21:55
the colemans
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No chicken picking is a technique that's seperate. You can add chicken
picking to fingerpicking or flat picking..
I don't do any except a sort of bogus thing once in a while.. because it's
rather odd sounding. sort of staccato and somewhat muted notes..
Maybe someone who's taken it farther than me can tell you... Twang!
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10 21st April 21:55
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I'm still saying.. mark hansons contemporary travis picking not only shows
you songs..
it shows you how to arrange other songs in a travis picking style..
it's the old teach a man to fish vs giving him a fish..
Twang!
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