Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed are among the most influential guitarists in fingerstyle, country, and folk music. These legends of guitar have laid the very foundation for modern country picking. Their songs are still being recorded and played at jam sessions, and their licks are still being quoted by contemporary players such as Tommy Emmanuel, Brent Mason, Albert Lee, and Brad Paisley.
50 Travis, Atkins & Reed Licks from Gareth Pearson is a must-know vocabulary of licks and moves that every fingerpicker must know. Gareth Pearson – a.k.a. “The Welsh Tornado” – is a master picker who has studied Travis, Atkins, and Reed for most of his life. Gareth is widely recognized as a specialist in the inventive techniques that these players made famous.
”This collection of 50 licks is a great starting point to learn the spectacular and innovative approaches of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed. The licks range in difficulty from relatively easy to outright challenging. The licks are selected and presented in a way so that you can create your own licks and grooves based on their underlying concepts.”
Gareth will show you banjo rolls, bluesy chicken picking, G-runs, chord mute pull-offs, slurring ala Chet, chromatic sixths, banjo call and answers, triad licks, classic boom chick patterns, chordal pull-offs, piano-style moves, backup grooves, Reed’s ‘Claw’ technique, bluesy minor pentatonic soloing, and so much more.
Gareth will explain and demonstrate all of the key concepts and approaches along the way. You’ll get standard notation and tabs for all of the licks, along with the backing tracks that Gareth used for demonstration purposes. You’ll be able to loop or slow down any of the videos so that you can work with the lessons at your own pace.
Grab your guitar and let’s learn from the giants of fingerpicking with Gareth Pearson!