Bored With Fingerpicking? Try These Riffs In The Style Of Chet Atkins

by Simon Candy

 

Fingerstyle Guitar Riffs ImageIn this video lesson, I show you how to create great sounding fingerstyle riffs on guitar using travis picking.

Travis picking is a great way to fingerpick guitar and can be heard in the styles of players such as Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Tommy Emmanuel.

In this lesson, an excerpt from a masterclass I presented live in Chicago, you learn 2 key fingerstyle riffs that are used in travis picking all the time.

I will break each riff down for you before showing you how to apply them to actual music for a great fingerstyle sound!

Watch the video below to learn more:

  

 

Travis Picking Fingerstyle Riffs

Fingerstyle Riff 1

• The Riff 

The following is the first riff in a travis picking style:

 

Travis Picking Fingerstyle Guitar Riff 1-1

• Application

Here is the travis picking riff applied to a back cycling dominant 7th chord progression:

 

Travis Picking Fingerstyle Guitar Riff 1-2

 

Fingerstyle Riff 2

• The Riff

The following is the second riff in a travis picking style:

 

Travis Picking Fingerstyle Guitar Riff 2-1

• Application

Here is the travis picking riff applied to a dominant 7th chord progression:

 

Travis Picking Fingerstyle Guitar Riff 2-2

 

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