Watch the Chet Atkins/Merle Travis online guitar lesson by Denny Sarokin from Songwriter's Guide to Great Guitar

This segment explores the styles of these guitar giants. The thumb keeps thumping out a rhythmic bass line while the fingers chord and pick out a melody. We break it down into a simple 5-part process, starting with the “gorilla thump” bass line, then adding syncopation, melodic lines, and vertical chord movement.