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Watch the Kentucky Thumbpicking online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Country Guitar 7: Style Variations

Merle Travis was instrumental in sparking wide interest in the guitar picking style known as Kentucky Thumbpicking but there were many others back in the day, as they are today, who helped give the style worldwide recognition. Alonzo Pennington presents essential techniques and 1 performance study designed put a little bit of Kentucky into your acoustic bag.

TIP! One thing that will make practice a lot more enjoyable, is if you are comfortable when you are practicing. Not necessarily "lounging in an easy chair" comfortable - but in a good relaxed position. Whether you are sitting or standing, make sure that you feel relaxed and your hands are in a good position. If you tend to tense up - then take some breaks and don't start back up until you feel relaxed. If practice is painful and no fun, how likely are you to keep at it? Not very. So get comfortable and your practice will pay off.