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Style of Merle Travis

Merle Travis is one of the biggest names in the world of Fingerstyle guitar. In this series Jim Deeming will walk you through the tricks Merle employed to give his music that unique "Travis Picking" sound.

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Jim Deeming will cover both left and right hand technique and talk about other tricks of the Merle Travis trade.

Lessons in this Series:

Jim Deeming Guitar Lessons Lesson 1

Introduction and Right Hand Technique

Jim Deeming talks a bit about the history of Merle Travis and his guitar playing. He also explains the basics of his right hand technique.

Length: 10:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Free Sample Lesson
Jim Deeming Guitar Lessons Lesson 2

Left Hand Technique

In this lesson, Jim Deeming talks about Merle Travis' left hand technique.

Length: 10:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Jim Deeming Guitar Lessons Lesson 3

Merle Travis Turnaround

Jim Deeming teaches a turnaround in the style of Merle Travis. Get your thumbpicks ready!

Length: 15:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Jim Deeming Guitar Lessons Lesson 4

Travis Style Chords

Jim Deeming teaches several chord shapes that Merle Travis used extensively.

Length: 15:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Jim Deeming Guitar Lessons Lesson 5

Travis Style Banjo Roll

Jim Deeming demonstrates how Merle Travis played a banjo-style roll.

Length: 4:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
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