Hole Notes with Dale Turner: The Influential Picking Style of Merle Travis

by Dale Turner
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at 2:19pm

These audio files are bonus content related to the May 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.

Merle Travis has been mentioned in this column more than any other guitarist, credited for, among other things, popularizing a form of fingerstyle playing commonly referred to as Travis picking.

He was a massive influence on legends like Chet Atkins and Doc Watson (to the point where each named his son Merle), as well as Tommy Emmanuel, Scotty Moore and countless others, and his signature techniques continue to live on today in the works of modern players.

Travis also penned some fantastic original songs that have been performed and/or recorded over the years by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder, Tom Morello, Queens of the Stone Age and others. Let's tip our hat to him with a long-overdue look at his signature style and techniques.


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