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Focussing on Travis style guitar this month

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I made a decision to concentrate on Travis-style guitar for at least a month. I've always been a flatpicker, but found myself wanting to be able to at least comprehend what guys like Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Brian Setzer and other fingerpickers were doing. I'm about a week into it, and am just over halfway through Bruce Emery's Travis Style guitar from Scratch book. It has a lot of good exercises to get that right-hand thumb playing steady rhythm while the other fingers do something different but interesting.

I miss the time with my banjo... I pick it up and play a song or two every day, but not really pushing myself like I usually do. I feel a little guilty.

Also, I needed an avatar but couldn't find any pics of me with the banjo. Since I'm picking on the guitar a lot right now, I decided to go ahead and upload something until I remind somone to take my picture when I have the banjo out! (Since people aren't exactly hiding in the bushes hoping to snap a pic of my mug. )


Playing Since: 2000
Experience Level: Purty Good

[Teaching] [Jamming] [Helping]

Occupation: Engineer

Gender: Male
Age: 62

My Instruments:
Gibson Earl Scruggs Standard
Deering Goodtime 2

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Earl (of course), Doug Dillard, Doc Watson, Bela, Trischka, Springsteen, U2, Relient K, Switchfoot, Beatles, Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, Miles Davis, Sergio Mendez, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello, Dire Straits, Tony Rice, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews, SRV

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Created 7/28/2006
Last Visit 2/27/2020

Been playing guitar since I was a teenager (several decades ago). Picked up a banjo around 2000 and, with the help of a good teacher, I play three finger Scruggs style, mostly bluegrass and gospel. My tastes on guitar are much broader -- from bluegrass, to blues, to hard-rock. I dable with Mandolin and Dobro.

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