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

Hi, I'm Gareth Pearson, and welcome to the Travis, Atkins & Reed Guidebook. Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed have shaped modern fingerstyle guitar to what it is today. The innovative techniques these three players came up with really stand out and are a great asset to every fingerstyle guitar player and singer songwriter. These styles can make your guitar sound like multiple instruments at the same time, making heads turn and toes tap, putting smiles on people’s faces.

In this course, I'll be showing you the main principles and fundamentals that I've learned from these three giants over the years, and how to inject their techniques into your playing. We'll be looking at how we build from playing the Travis thumb to incorporating our index finger, and I'll be teaching you the Giddy Up Uh lick.

Merle Travis was also an excellent soloist, playing lead lines with banjo rolls. We'll look at different Chet Atkins techniques, including his approach to playing rhythm. We'll study melodic banjo scales, banjo scale rolls applied to lead lines, and triplet lead lines. We'll then combine them in a tune called "We Fooled Them Again".

Finally, we'll be studying the clawing concept. With that, we'll be playing a few Jerry Reed type grooves I've created, like Polyphonic Funk, Hubba Hubbard, Take a Hike, Playing with Fire, and What I Said. So enough of the chit chat, go grab your guitar and join me as we open up the Travis, Atkins & Reed Guidebook!