Watch the Approach 1: Breakdown online guitar lesson by Muriel Anderson from Rhythm Makeover: Muriel Anderson

Chord Changes: G Em Am D - One thing that sets the Travis-style apart is that instead of just hitting the 4th string with the thumb, Merle Travis would often swipe several strings to imitate the chord of a stride piano player. You can do this, and still bring the palm of the right hand down to mute the bass strings so that they don’t ring out too long. The voicing of the D7 chord here is very nice, and I think you’ll find a lot of places to use this voicing, with the F# note on the 6th string instead of the 1st string. I’ll also mention here that one way to make the right hand more comfortable and efficient is to rest the ring finger right on the first string when it’s not being used. (This is one of the techniques from the TrueFire course “50 Right Hand Techniques.” It goes into more depth on right hand styles as well as efficient technique.)