Travis Picking 102 – Outside/Inside

This lesson on the Outside/Inside Travis Picking patterns assumes that you’ve covered the material in Travis Picking 101.

The reason this pattern is called “outside-inside”, is because of how the “i” finger (inside/index) and the “m” finger (outside/middle) alternate. The picking pattern is p i p m, with the thumb also alternating between 5th and 4th. The pattern is essentially the same as Inside-Outside, with the order of “i” and “m” reversed.

Pattern

Thumb

Outside

Thumb

Inside

Fingering

p

m

p

i

Strings

5

2

4

3

Travis Picking - Outside Inside

Lastly, here are the variations for Root 4 and Root 6 chords using only 2 notes in the bass of each chord.

Fingering

p

m

p

i

Root 4

4

1

3

2

Root 6

6

2

4

3

Some of the ideas presented, have been adapted from Mark Hanson’s Contemporary Travis Picking book

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