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Dec 9, 2023 - 12:42:12 PM
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1087 posts since 6/13/2012

The other day, I was noodling around on my square neck Dobro and discovered the Chet Atkins/ Merle Travis syncopated playing style is very unique to the Dobro/ Reso .
In all my 75 years of playing ,I never gave it a thought until now.
It works really on faster tempos.
Have any of you out there tried this in the G or D tunings ?
Let's hear from you on this subject !

Dec 9, 2023 - 4:03:23 PM

4660 posts since 7/27/2008

Wow Tom, it only took you 75 years. What if you held out for a hundred! wink

I fool around with Travis picking and/or Chet-style sometimes, but don't claim to be that great at it. I think it would be good to master it for solo dobro playing because it gives you a bit of the "one man (or woman) band " vibe.

I try to  use to it a fair amount on a flattop guitar when fingerpicking. I have a video download from Happy Traum @ Homespun called "Conquer the Challenge of the Steady Thumb." Some of the  material can be applied to dobro, "teaser" video below:

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 12/09/2023 16:03:55

Dec 9, 2023 - 4:28:14 PM

587 posts since 11/28/2012

Yeah, definitely, have several arrangements worked out using Travis alternating thumb picking. More intuitive for me in Open D, as it gives you the D octave notes on strings #6 and #4 for the thumb.

The sky’s the limit.

Dec 10, 2023 - 6:38:03 AM



11 posts since 10/10/2012

That style works great on dobro but if you use it a lot, why not just pull out your guitar? Still, it's great fun on some songs. In the spirit of the season try it out on Rudolph the Red Nose practically picks itself!

Dec 12, 2023 - 8:55:28 AM
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1186 posts since 9/29/2009

Here's one of Troy Brenningmeyer's lessons on alternating bass.

Dec 23, 2023 - 2:24:20 PM

5 posts since 12/23/2023

Very Cool, I need Practise!

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