Travis Picking 104 – Beat 2 Pinch

This guitar lesson on the beat 2 pinch, assumes that you’ve covered the material in Travis Picking 101 102, and 103

This is by far may favorite pattern.  It varies only slightly from the Beat 1 Pinch, in that it shifts the pinch on to the second beat.  It works really well for anything you want to play with country/blues feel a la Merle Travis. The picking pattern is p p/m  p i p m or you can also think of it as “Thumb-Pinch-Inside-Outside”

Pattern

Thumb

Thumb/Middle

Thumb

Inside

Thumb

Outside

Fingering

p

p/m

p

i

p

m

Strings

5

4/2

5

3

4

2

Travis Picking - Beat 2 Pinch

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

Fingering

p

p/m

p

i

p

m

Root 4

4

3/1

4

5

3

1

Root 6

6

4/2

6

3

4

2

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

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