Steve Trovato

“Travis picking sounds as fresh and immediate today as it did when Elvis tunes such as ‘That’s Alright Mama’ and ‘Mystery Train’ first came out,” wrote Americana powerhouse Steve Trovato in this lesson.

And yes, 13 years later, Travis picking still sounds fresh. “If you’re into rockabilly and roots county, it’s essential to have a strong Travis groove in your bag of tricks.” The first two bars are a fun little descending intro. The looped measure (E7) is the Merle Travis-style phrase you gotta own. (Tip: Pick the bass notes, pluck the diads with the middle and ring fingers.)