Best way to learn Chet Atkins Style of playing ?


byrongracia001
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byrongracia001
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02/02/2024 8:53 am

I'm not a beginner, but not intermediate, matter of fact if it wasn't for JustinGuitar, I probably wouldn't be playing at all.
I mostly learn just songs and I'm happy with that, but something about Chet Atkins or Merle Travis style intrigues me, and I'd like to try and learn it.
Furthest I ever seem to get is the alternating bass strings. I can't seem to make that jump to picking at the higher notes at the same time. I can however rub my stomach and pat my head at the same time, If that means anything. smash karts
For anyone that plays this style, please point me in a direction to learn it a step at a time ?


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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
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02/02/2024 1:04 pm
#1 Originally Posted by: byrongracia001

I'm not a beginner, but not intermediate, matter of fact if it wasn't for JustinGuitar, I probably wouldn't be playing at all.
I mostly learn just songs and I'm happy with that, but something about Chet Atkins or Merle Travis style intrigues me, and I'd like to try and learn it.
Furthest I ever seem to get is the alternating bass strings. I can't seem to make that jump to picking at the higher notes at the same time. I can however rub my stomach and pat my head at the same time, If that means anything. smash karts
For anyone that plays this style, please point me in a direction to learn it a step at a time ?

GT has a ton of material on Travis picking.


https://www.guitartricks.com/search?query=Travis+picking


Anders covers it in his Acoustic course.  He does a basic level, then an intermediate level.


https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial/2495


Caren covers it in a couple of stand alone tutorials.


https://www.guitartricks.com/instructors/1796810


Collin does also.


https://www.guitartricks.com/instructors/4757475


Hope that helps.


 


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