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

Learning the Travis type chord shapes and how to fret them correctly is an essential part of the authentic Travis fingerstyle sound. He never played bar chords, achieving most of his voicing by fretting with the right thumb coming over the neck, fretting the low E and sometimes A string. Fretting two strings with one finger is a difficult technique to grasp if you're new to it (just like anything else really). So please, experiment with this using the tips of your fingers. It's an important part to master before adding the thumb. By doing this, you're utilizing your fingers to fret more harmonies and lead lines.