So where do we go from here?
Travis Style Guitar from Scratch by Bruce Emery - If you want to dive deeper into the nuances of Travis Picking, this is a friendly, funny, fantastic guide.
Here are some options...
Go back and learn the rest of the Choose Your Own Adventure songs in Part 1.
Use YouTube, Songsterr, or GuitarPro software (using tabs found on Ultimate Guitar) to learn some of these great Travis picked songs:
- "Dust in the Wind" by America
- "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
- "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service (the Iron and Wine cover)
- "Goodbye" by Steve Earle
- "Don't Think Twice, it's Alright" by Bob Dylan
- "If I Needed You" by Townes Van Zandt
- "The Boxer" by Paul Simon
- "Dear Prudence" by The Beatles
- "Freight Train" by Elizabeth Cotten
- "In Spite of Ourselves" by John Prine
- "Just Breathe" by Pearl Jam
You made it to the end. Congratulations! Oh, man, it must have been an epic journey, I'm sure. I mean, Travis picking is not easy, but you made it this far and you now have the skills and knowledge necessary to start building your repertoire of Travis pick songs. You've got some Travis picking patterns in your arsenal. You have some thumb and finger independence. You've learned the G major scale, which will be useful in learning chord-melody songs, and you've got some Travis vision now for decoding Travis picked songs that you find in tablature.
It's been an epic journey for me, too. It's been like three years since I started this course. I'm filming this in March of 2022 and in the meantime, a global pandemic intervened. We started homeschooling. My family moved. I had back surgery. So it's been a long road for me, but oh man, so worth it. And what makes it worth it is you joining me in this journey. So thank you so much for your time and your faith in me.
Please check out below where to head from here. I've got a lot of resources in mind that you can check out for the next stage of your Travis picking journey. All right. Take care. Have fun.
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