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    Three questions about the Merle Travis style:

    a) What is the best book out there that teaches Merle Travis style?

    b) Who are the best players of the Merle Travis style out there today--or the players of who were around years ago?

    c) I am looking for a guitar transcription of 'I'll see you in my dreams'. Travis style or other styles (jazz / classical). Any body know of one?

    Many thanks.

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    This is a good book. Lots of transcriptions. Written by Tommy Flint, a relative of Merle's.Sorry! Something went wrong!

    Speaking of relatives, Merle's son Thom Bresh is still around.


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    Tommy Emanuel is pretty good.

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    Chet Atkins was highly influenced by Merle. And he was a big influence on Tommy Emmanuel. But neither of the played (plays) pure Travis style. Merle used just his thumb and forefinger, most everyone else uses multiple fingers. But the sound is very similar. Thom Bresh probably is the keeper of the flame. He has made a career of playing Travis style as closely as he can.

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    The best book(s) are the two by Mark Hanson:

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    The Art of Travis Picking and The Art of Solo Fingerpicking. Work through those and you'll have all you need.

    Another wonderful book is Richard Saslow's brilliant New Art of Ragtime Guitar (despite it mentioning ragtime it provides a great basis for all that thumb-picking stuff),

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    In addition to the players mentioned above check out Richard Smith. He's great:



    Cheers
    Derek

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    I have worked through and am working through 2 of the Tommy Emanuel Truefire Courses : Milestones and Fingerstyle Breakthroughs and can recommend them for going from no ability to Travis pick to being able to come out the other end with a few really cool pieces to play. I have the Mark Hanson books to and they are great but I generally prefer the Truefire interface for learning.

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    a) What is the best book out there that teaches Merle Travis style?
    I don't recommend books, I think much is lost trying to convert stylistic components to/from text. Western Kentucky thumb style... buy this video. Learn by watching!

    b) Who are the best players of the Merle Travis style out there today--or the players of who were around years ago?
    See the answer to (a) above. It's been a while since I've watched that video, so in case he's not on there, check out Eddie Pennington.

    c) I am looking for a guitar transcription of 'I'll see you in my dreams'. Travis style or other styles (jazz / classical). Any body know of one?
    A good place to ask Chet or Merle questions is the The Chetboard. Know that Merle often played with one finger and thumb (like Rev. Gary Davis) and it is to that much of his stylistic sound can attributed.

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    agree thom bresh

    little known fact..merles big influence and guitar hero/mentor was ike everly..the dad of the great everly brothers


    with some nice words from johnny cash-



    if you want some great merle, be sure to check out his recordings with another guitar legend-joe maphis!!

    here they are doing -ike everlys rag!



    cheers

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    I think there's a DVD by Paul Pigat about travis picking. He's also a really great Player in that style, so definetly worth checking out.


    Brian Setzer also often throws some travis picking into his playing, but in a sloppier/dirtier kind of way.

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    The real deal heir apparent (besides Thom Bresh) is Eddie Pennington of Kentucky - He learned from some of the same people Merle learned from (Mose Rager, etc.) - hes has a website and a bunch of CDs and YT vids - if you want the real thing - he's it. Another great player in this style is Comer 'Moon' Mullins (RIP) - hard to find his CDs but he has some YT Vids and even some YT lesson material - definitely worth a look. Richard Smith and TE are good players among a lot of others but most are not true to the style which is a turn off for me. I've been playing this style for many years and Eddie and 'Moon' are the ones I've listened to the most although I cheat and use two fingers - how they do it with one finger is amazing to me. Good stuff, though!

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    Thanks everybody for your replies to my questions--and great videos. Much appreciated.

    Thanks once again.

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    Oh, I just remembered this one, might not be everybodys cup of tea, but I think Brian Setzer Travis Picking over Cherokee (2nd Chorus) is lots of fun: