Travis Picking 103 – Beat 1 Pinch

This guitar lesson assumes that you’ve covered the material in Travis Picking 101 and Travis Picking 102

The reason this pattern is called the “Beat 1 Pinch”, is because of how two notes are played together (pinched) on the first beat of the pattern. The picking pattern is p/m p i p m p i or you can also think of it as “Pinch-Inside-Outside-Inside” This pattern is famously known among guitarists as “Dust in the Wind”, as it’s one of the most notable songs based on the finger sequence. 

Pattern

Thumb/Middle

Thumb

Inside

Thumb

Outside

Thumb

Inside

Fingering

p/m

p

i

p

m

p

i

Strings

5/2

4

3

6

2

4

3

Travis Picking Beat 1 Pinch

Here are the variations for Root 4 and Root 6 chords, using only two notes in the bass.

Fingering

p/m

p

i

p

m

p

i

Root 4

4/1

3

2

3

1

3

2

Root 6

6/2

4

3

6

2

4

3

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

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