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Watch the Travis Index Finger online guitar lesson by Gareth Pearson from Travis, Atkins & Reed Guidebook

As far as Merle Travis' melody playing is concerned in his fingerstyle playing, he only picked notes using the index finger. He would either play his melodies choosing to pick one precise string individually or by strumming two or three strings at once by brushing up with his index finger. By incorporating the index finger along with the muted thumb groove, we begin to create the illusion that there's more than one instrument playing.