Travis Style Fingerpicking

Travis style fingerpicking is a guitar technique for fingerpicking commonly played on steel string acoustic guitars. The index ( I ), middle ( M ), and ring finger ( A ) on the right hand are each dedicated to one of the three high strings, while the thumb alternates playing bass notes on the lower three strings.

Typically the thumb plays the low E, A, and D strings while the index finger ( I ) plays the G string, the middle finger ( M ) plays the B string, and the ring finger ( A ) plays the high E string. It sounds most natural when the guitarist's thumb first plucks the root note of the chord that the left hand is fretting. For example, while fretting a C chord at the neck (open C chord) the thumb would first pluck the A string because the left hand is fretting the root note C on that string, then the index finger would pluck the G string, the thumb would pluck the D string, and the middle finger would pluck the B string. Travis style is named after the country artist Merle Travi
Travis Style Fingerpicking