Watch the Chord Subsitutions online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Focus On: Travis Picking

We can spice up our travis picking by introducing common chord substitutions. What is a chord substitution? It's just what it sounds like. We're substituting one chord for another to create tension or momentum leading into a chord change. I've included a chart of common subsitutions and where they lead. I'll be using our set picking pattern for the entire example so we can focus on the harmony.