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How to Build Intensity When Soloing at a Slow Tempo

Last time, I presented 12 bars of original soloing over a laid-back two-chord vamp—Em7 to A7—reminiscent of that heard in Pink Floyd's “Breathe” and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Riviera Paradise.” As you might recall, I started off slowly, with lots of long, sexy bends, which I attacked with muted string rakes for an accentuated, dramatic effect and adorned with finger vibratos to make the held notes really sing, ...

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Tommy Emmanuel's Guide to Travis Picking Chord-Melody Lines, and How to Play “T.E. Ranch”

In my previous two columns, I demonstrated how I perform the Merle Travis–style picking technique (commonly referred to as Travis picking) and associated fretting techniques on the track “El Vaquero” from my album It’s Never Too Late. This month, I’d like to focus on how I apply similar techniques to the song “T.E. Ranch” from this same disc. A significant percentage of my repertory is performed using Travi ...

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Tommy Emmanuel's Guide to Travis Picking Chord-Melody Lines, and How to Play “T.E. Ranch”

In my previous two columns, I demonstrated how I perform the Merle Travis–style picking technique (commonly referred to as Travis picking) and associated fretting techniques on the track “El Vaquero” from my album It’s Never Too Late. This month, I’d like to focus on how I apply similar techniques to the song “T.E. Ranch” from this same disc. A significant percentage of my repertory is performed using Travi ...

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Tommy Emmanuel's Guide to Travis Picking Chord-Melody Lines, and How to Play “T.E. Ranch”

In my previous two columns, I demonstrated how I perform the Merle Travis–style picking technique (commonly referred to as Travis picking) and associated fretting techniques on the track “El Vaquero” from my album It’s Never Too Late. This month, I’d like to focus on how I apply similar techniques to the song “T.E. Ranch” from this same disc. A significant percentage of my repertory is performed using Travi ...

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Tommy Emmanuel's Guide to Travis Picking Chord-Melody Lines, and How to Play “T.E. Ranch”

In my previous two columns, I demonstrated how I perform the Merle Travis–style picking technique (commonly referred to as Travis picking) and associated fretting techniques on the track “El Vaquero” from my album It’s Never Too Late. This month, I’d like to focus on how I apply similar techniques to the song “T.E. Ranch” from this same disc. A significant percentage of my repertory is performed using Travi ...

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Tommy Emmanuel's Guide to Travis Picking Chord-Melody Lines, and How to Play “T.E. Ranch”

In my previous two columns, I demonstrated how I perform the Merle Travis–style picking technique (commonly referred to as Travis picking) and associated fretting techniques on the track “El Vaquero” from my album It’s Never Too Late. This month, I’d like to focus on how I apply similar techniques to the song “T.E. Ranch” from this same disc. A significant percentage of my repertory is performed using Travi ...

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Working with Five- and Six-String Chord Voicings, and How to Play Periphery's “Mile Zero”

This month’s column is a continuation of some of the concepts I first presented a few months back, which is how to craft and utilize big five- and six-string chord voicings that are harmonically complex and oftentimes equally ambiguous. A great example of this approach in our music is the intro/verse riff to Periphery's “Mile Zero.” Before getting into the part, let me remind you of the tuning I use for thi ...

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Working with Five- and Six-String Chord Voicings, and How to Play Periphery's “Mile Zero”

This month’s column is a continuation of some of the concepts I first presented a few months back, which is how to craft and utilize big five- and six-string chord voicings that are harmonically complex and oftentimes equally ambiguous. A great example of this approach in our music is the intro/verse riff to Periphery's “Mile Zero.” Before getting into the part, let me remind you of the tuning I use for thi ...

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Working with Five- and Six-String Chord Voicings, and How to Play Periphery's “Mile Zero”

This month’s column is a continuation of some of the concepts I first presented a few months back, which is how to craft and utilize big five- and six-string chord voicings that are harmonically complex and oftentimes equally ambiguous. A great example of this approach in our music is the intro/verse riff to Periphery's “Mile Zero.” Before getting into the part, let me remind you of the tuning I use for thi ...

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Working with Five- and Six-String Chord Voicings, and How to Play Periphery's “Mile Zero”

This month’s column is a continuation of some of the concepts I first presented a few months back, which is how to craft and utilize big five- and six-string chord voicings that are harmonically complex and oftentimes equally ambiguous. A great example of this approach in our music is the intro/verse riff to Periphery's “Mile Zero.” Before getting into the part, let me remind you of the tuning I use for thi ...

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