Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Travis Picking Etude – Guitar Lesson

In this free video guitar lesson you will learn a short little tune that uses the cool acoustic fingerstyle technique called Travis Picking throughout.

The video starts with a demonstration of the tune or "etude" and then breaks down the technique of Travis Picking in detail.

After that, I walk you through the entire tune.

Be sure to download the TAB PDF for this song below.

Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Travis Picking Etude TAB PDF Download

Travis Picking is named after the legendary guitarist Merle Travis. The technique is used by countless guitarists from John Lennon to Tommy Emmanuel.

Have fun adding this cool technique to your playing and try to come up with some of your own musical passages that use this technique. It can be very inspiring. 🙂

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Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Travis Picking Etude


  1. demisha miftari on July 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    hey Carl, I would love to have you show some Tommy Emanuel boom chuck stuff.I don’t know if you can pull that off,but if you could that would be great. He is like all over youtube lately,,thnx

  2. bill norum on January 4, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Hi carl ,very helpful lesson thank you its very effective for me I play it everyday on my electric guitar .thanks a lot very great LESSON.;D

  3. george kerr on June 21, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I really appreciate this lesson. I only play acoustic guitar so any workout(s) I can find are truly appreciated. Its fun, interesting, pretty and a really cool workout which along with your lessons give me more than I am able to master to work on.
    Again thanks and I would appreciate any more in the future. Keep in mind please that some people only pla acoustic and its an area of guitar in this time of excesses with youtube, etc. which is under apreciateed. I also would love to see you do songs like Doc Watson’s Docs tune or black mountain rag, and maybe some hot tuna or embroyonic journey by Jefferson Airplane. Anyways you are much appreciated by me and thanks alot for you work.

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