Watch the Right or Ronk in E 1 online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory
Travis-style pattern picking accompaniment is designed to do just that - accompany, generally the vocals to a song. As such, the distinction between thumb and fingers is not so critical; the idea is to create a general arpeggiated atmosphere of guitar sound. Using the alternating thumb style on the blues, however, we’re using the thumb to set up a solid groove in the bass, over which to play a clearly defined melody with the fingers. If there’s any pattern going on, it’s happening in the bass only. Right-hand damping can help emphasize this distinction, giving you a thumpy bass to contrast with a more sustained, ringing sound on the higher strings. Spending time playing through just the bass notes, then just the melody notes, as suggested elsewhere already, can also help you to really hear and so bring out the melody of this chorus.