Watch the Merle Travis Bass online guitar lesson by Muriel Anderson from 50 Right-Hand Techniques You Must Know
There is an exciting feel to Merle Travis's music. Part of that great feel is the way he swiped a group of strings on beats 2 and 4 instead of hitting a single string.
He was influenced by stride piano players, and it was a way to get the sound of the bouncy left hand piano chords. You can also check out the music of his son Thom Bresh, who also has that same powerful thumb sound.