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Travis-Picking - Laying The Foundation

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In this lesson we'll complete the basic version of the finger picking pattern by adding a hammer-on in our left hand.

The next step towards to the basic Travis Picking pattern is to add a hammer on from the open G string to the 1st fret, when you pick that first treble chord.

So you hit your bass note, and then when you hit the treble chord and the D string, you don't fret the 1st fret of the G string.

Pick it and hammer-on to the 1st fret with your 1st finger. The rhythm of this is â€"1 2 and”. Now the last half of the pattern is the same as before â€"3 and 4”.

Once again, it's important not to 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.

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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