Learn Travis Picking From Scratch
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Learn Travis Picking From Scratch

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4.8 (46 ratings)
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301 students enrolled
Created by Randy Richter
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the basic concept of travis picking
  • Play easy to medium tunes in thumb picking style
  • Learn how to use different chords for playing melody and bass at the same time
  • Play some great rockabilly licks in the thumb picking style
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  • You should be familiar with some basic chords and some simple melody playing.
  • It's definitely an advantage if you know how to read guitar tabs, but it's not required
  • It is recommended that you have a thunbpick, flatpick and a metronome

Wouldn't it be nice to unlock the full potential of your guitar and play some hot tunes with the sound of a full band just by yourself? This course will show you how to do it. 

Travis Picking enables you to play the melody with your fingers, while the thumb provides a driving bass with a percussive sound. It can leave your audience in awe and asking where the second guitar came from. It's so satisfying if you can sit alone at home, playing your favourite tunes and there's nothing missing, because you can provide everything with your hands.

This style can be intimidating at first, if you don't know how to start. This is why I created this course. It will help you to achieve this goal faster and with a lasting result.

In This Course You Will Learn How To:

  • Get Started With The Simple Bass
  • Adding The Melody Notes With Slowly Increasing Difficulty
  • Play Easy Tunes Like "Ten Little Indians", "You Win Again" and "Freight Train"
  • Make It Sound Even Cooler With An Alternating Bass
  • Use Essential And Unusual Chord Shapes For Travis Picking
  • Spice Up Your Rockabilly Songs With Travis Picking
  • Play A Version Of The Red Hot Merle Travis Classic "Cannonball Rag"
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for guitar players who have played guitar for at least a year or so.
  • This course is for medium or advanced guitar players who want to learn this fun style the right way
  • You should be interested in Travis Picking or Thumb Picking
  • This course is not for you, if you have just started to play the guitar
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
Course Introduction
1 Lecture 03:20
Travis Picking Basics
9 Lectures 46:28

Playing The Bass Over A I IV V Chord Progression

Playing The Melody in Various Simple Rhythms

The First Song: "Ten Little Indians"

How To Spice Up The Rhythm

A Slightly More Complex Song: "Freight Train"

How To Make The Bass More Interesting
Thumb Picking Licks For Rockabilly
7 Lectures 19:42

Second Rockabilly Lick in E

Signature Licks From "Heart Of A Fool" and "Mystery Train"

Two Licks Played Over An A

More Licks For The A-Chord

Signature Lick From "That's Allright Mama"

Some Licks For The B7 and B9-Chord
Important Chords For Travis Picking
4 Lectures 12:18
How To Utilize On The Open e'-String In The C7 and F-Shape

Two Dominant 7th Chord Shapes

Dominant 7th and 9th Chord Shapes

Two Diminished Chord Shapes
Learn To Play Cannonball Rag
4 Lectures 15:11
Introduction and First Part Of The Song

Second Part and Turnaround

Learn To Play The Second Chorus Using Banjo Rolls and Open Chords

The Last Part
About the Instructor
Randy Richter
4.8 Average rating
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871 Students
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Guitar Player, Teacher, Specialized in 1950s Rock and Roll

My name is Randy Richter, I was born in 1974 in Rostock, Germany. At age 16 I started to teach myself how to play the guitar. Shortly after I played shows around my hometown and in 1996 I became a full time professional musician. With my band Randy Rich and The Poor Boys we've toured all over Europe and the US and appeared on the biggest festivals in the scene. Due to our excellent skills and our love to the authentic sound of the 1950s I had the chance to play and record with many of the original rockabilly legends like Janis Martin, Glenn Honeycutt, Eddie Bond and Glen Glenn.
In 2005 I started to teach guitar to some local students. Because of the fun I was having doing that I extended this part of my job even further and now I'm also teaching people online via Skype. With my Rockabilly Guitar Video Lessons I have the chance to share my knowledge and my passion for the music of the 1950s to thankful students everywhere in the world.