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#1 Steve Krenz

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:02 PM

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Tuesday April 10th

Topic: Travis Picking with Thom Bresh!



You can watch the broadcast here... http://www.ustream.t...corded/21750348

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TRAVIS PICKING with THOM BRESH
2:07 Thom Bresh’ song
4:30 Interview with Thom Bresh
6:20 Travis Picking Technique
8:35 Merle Travis Martin Guitar
10:00 Travis Picking Chord Shapes
12:05 The Importance of the Groove
12:40 Chet Atkins Picking
21:00 Jerry Reed Style
24:55 Richard Smith
25:50 “Guitar Rag”
28:30 “I’ll See You In My Dreams”
32:50 “The Real Merle Travis Guitar” DVD & April Guitar Resources
37:45 Different Types of Picking
41:50 Beginning Travis Picking
46:05 Being an Entertainer
49:00 The Dualette Guitar
54:30 Dealing with Hand Pain
1:03:35 “Nine Pound Hammer”

If you're interested in reading the chat from this lesson, I've attached it to this post.

Thom is Merle Travis' biological son and the undeniable heir to Travis picking. I can't think of a more qualified guitar player to learn from for this exciting style. If you like the style of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis then this is a great lesson to watch. Thom grew up surrounded by guitar royalty. He's played with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Leo Fender, Ernie Ball, Roy Clark, Tommy Emmanuel and a thousand other guitarists along the way. He's a favorite at Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Nights. An amazing player - he's got a million stories and laughs.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:07 PM

This is going to be fun. :biggrin:

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:35 PM

I can't wait, Good luck Steve, this should be a great one.

(BTW, I really **love** the phone call from Chet, "I'll play like me")

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

Warm up those fingers folks.....
How bout this for a new GAS exciter



I hope he brings that to the lesson.... :acoustic:

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:31 AM

Thank you Steve for all of your hard work. I am looking forward to this lesson. Could you please give us some tips on developing good 'banjo roll' techniques? Thanks again.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:19 AM

Warm up those fingers folks.....
How bout this for a new GAS exciter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmqX-213ldc

I hope he brings that to the lesson.... :acoustic:



This is probably a stupid thought, but I can't help but wonder what the case for that thing looks like.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:01 AM


Warm up those fingers folks.....
How bout this for a new GAS exciter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmqX-213ldc

I hope he brings that to the lesson.... :acoustic:



This is probably a stupid thought, but I can't help but wonder what the case for that thing looks like.


A very big one.:surprisedwarrior:
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:28 AM

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This month we're featuring Travis Picking with the amazing Thom Bresh.- Steve


I believe it would be helpful, right off the top, to try to classify and distinguish "Travis Picking", "Thumb Picking", "Finger Style", Hybrid Picking and any other types of picking we are privileged to view from Thom Bresh. Because of his relationship with Merle Travis it may be easy for us students to become misguided regarding what was and is the specific essence of "Travis Picking" if the terminology is not made clear.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:11 AM

WOW!! I'm looking forward to this one! I have a renewed interest in finger picking, it's so much more musical that strumming a chord. I used to be able to play Dust In The Wind (Kansas) years ago. Last night I found the TAB's (cringe!!) and surprisingly I could still play parts of it! I'm hoping to get an acoustic for finger picking soon, the strings are too close together on my Epi Les Paul.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:56 PM

WOW!! I'm looking forward to this one! I have a renewed interest in finger picking, it's so much more musical that strumming a chord. I used to be able to play Dust In The Wind (Kansas) years ago. Last night I found the TAB's (cringe!!) and surprisingly I could still play parts of it! I'm hoping to get an acoustic for finger picking soon, the strings are too close together on my Epi Les Paul.


Tommy Flint wrote an excellent book; "Mel Bay Presents the Merle Travis Guitar Style". Flint worked with all of Merle Travis' children in getting information for the book, and Thom Bresh even wrote the forward in it. Here's a link: http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/078660266X
It's a great book and really gets in depth.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:04 PM

Steve - I would like to hear the two of you share ideas on how you can bring this technique into other playing styles.

Could you ask Thom to explain a little bit about how he plays his style in other varieties of music, and how you can play other styles while still continuing to be yourself?


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:59 PM

Looking forward to tonight!


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:49 PM

Looking forward to tonight!


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:55 PM

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:18 PM

I have been away from the tubes since Friday, but I WILL be able to get the chat log today, as long as nobody else really wants to.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:37 PM

Steve, please ask Thom (and yourself) to do some short nice runs from one chord to another.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:09 PM

I have been away from the tubes since Friday, but I WILL be able to get the chat log today, as long as nobody else really wants to.



Heck no, but honestly if you need any help with anything let me know.

I understand what a huge undertaking it is. Unfortunately I can't think of a way to split it up between two people just to make it less time consuming, but if you can think of anything, and would like to delegate some responsibly let me know. (I'm not the responsible type of person but for you I'd do my best :biggrin1: )

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:20 PM

Thanks Work,

That would help if you can do it

It's going to be a great night. Thom's already here at the studio. Currently he's talking on the phone to Nokie Edwards from the Ventures.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:32 PM

The best thing I can think of is to have one person record the chat and the other person edit it to its presentable form. It won't actually make it any faster but it would make it easier.

EDIT: scratch that, it wouldn't really work well

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:35 PM

Some interesting stuff about Merle Travis:

- He wrote the first million seller for Columbia records, "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette" written for Tex Williams.
- He also wrote "16 Tons" for Tennessee Ernie Ford which was the first record to sell a million copies in 30 days.
- He designed the first thin solid body electric with tuning keys all on one side, which was built for him by P.A. Bigsby.
This guitar was the later admitted to be an inspiration for Leo Fender's designs.
- Merle Travis also designed a vibrato which Bigsby built for him, and has since become known as the Bigsby vibrato.
Merle gave Thom Bresh a Super 400 with the first Bigsby vibrato made; serial number 0001, patent pending. Bigsby made the vibrato
with the valve spring from an old Harley Davidson.
- Merle Travis appeared in 36 western movies, as well as in "From Here to Eternity".
- Finally, his name and work is enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Gibson Guitar Hall of Fame, and the Smithsonian Institute.

Flint, Tommy (1995), Mel Bay Presents the Merle Travis Guitar Style, Mel Bay Publications Inc, Missouri.

-Vernon




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