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Fingerpicking or Fingerstyle?


If I’m playing something up-tempo and aggressive then I’m definately a down-home, primitive fingerpicker. If, on the other hand, I’m doing something moody or contemplative then I’m a sophisticated, city-slicking fingerstylist.

Another thing ’bout pickin’ nomenclature: whence the “Travis Picking” terminology? I learned alternate bass picking mostly from Mississippi John Hurt, whose style, I think I’m right is claiming, predated Merle Travis just a little.

Do either of the above musings matter a jot?

In my lifelong search for inner peace it is necessary that I contemplate and, through understanding, exorcise the irritants that get under my skin.

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