Okay, time to head out to the country. You don’t become a true country guitar player without mastering Travis picking, where your thumb plays a steady rhythmic bass, while your index and middle fingers play the melody notes on the high strings. Off-beat treble notes create a syncopation that lends the style its signature. Happy serves up a basic version of the traditional “My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains,” and then gussies the tune up with some slides, hammers, pulls and, ultimately, twang.

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Tab, notation and Power Tab files available here.