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Travis-Picking - Laying The Foundation

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In order to complete the most basic version of this picking pattern we'll add a repeat of the chord on the “and of 3”.

We're going to add another treble chord on the “and of 3”. So you'll go (1 2 3), and then right after the 2nd stroke of the low bass note you hit the G and B string.

Right after that you hit the D string, and you have the full pattern. Don't rush this! Just piece it together bit by bit, and if you stick with it it'll start to make sense after a little while.

Once again, if you use a thumb pick, it's the same basic thing, except that you get a bit more articulation of the lower notes.

If you use a regular flat pick, you have to pick the G and B string with your 2nd and 3rd finger instead of the 1st and 2nd. Other than that it's the same thing.

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Travis-Picking - Laying The Foundation