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I used to do a thumb pick/2-finger pick thing that I called "Travis Picking" for a long time until I found out you only use one finger and the thumb. So I guess I've never been a Travis picker. After playing classical for a while I now use thumb and three fingers.
Last edited by ffinke on Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:51 pm, edited 2 times in total.
I don't know how to Travis pick or fingerpick, but I am strictly a flatpicker and strummer. I like large body guitars with narrow nut widths, my hands are too small and my fingers to short to play the 1.75 and wider necks. I do something called crosspicking that to me is a great way to arpeggiate (real word?) chords sequences.
I believe the technique you're describing, OMATAT "...a flatpick between the thumb and index whilst utilizing the middle and ring finger..." is called "hybrid" picking (the way Tommy Emmanuel often plays) while Travis picking uses either one, two or three picking fingers in addition to the alternating thumb, with or without finger picks (I use salon-applied acrylic fingernails). Merle Travis used only one picking finger, as do others, but his son, Thom Bresh, uses three. I use two, as do most people, I believe. The following is a great video of Bresh discussing his father and his picking technique:
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