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This lick comes to us from Merle Travis. Mostly when we think of Merle Travis, we think of Travis picking, which is the finger picking style that alternates bass line and melody line. But Merle Travis also gave us this cool roll pattern that inspired Chet Atkins to later do his own take on it. It’s a forward roll on a set of 3 strings that moves through chord scale. You can hear him using this technique on Cannonball Rag. It was recorded along with a lot of Merle material throughout the 40s and 50s but not released until 1960. It was originally released as Cannonball Stomp but is widely know as Cannonball Rag.