Travis Pick the Hits! (Book/Audio Recording)


This book/recording features a dozen enjoyable, high-quality fingerstyle solo guitar arrangements of hit songs from the ‘60s to the present day.  Mark Hanson has arranged these 12 well-known tunes beautifully, in playable alternating-bass fingerpicking settings, aimed at intermediate to advanced fingerpickers. Several of the tunes are arranged in two keys, with the initial key (the complete song) in the intermediate difficulty range, and the subsequent key being more challenging. The accompanying recording is a full-length, stand-alone listening album. Standard notation and tablature.

A quote from national fingerpicking champion Pete Huttlinger:

“I keep running into folks who have attended your camp and they play great arrangements that you taught them. Well done, Mark!”

This is a paper book/CD — available by mail order. It is also available as a digital download.

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Mark’s 2015 book/recording, Travis Pick the Hits!, is a great source of SOLO FINGERSTYLE GUITAR repertoire for those who have spent time working through Mark’s Contemporary Travis Picking and Art of Solo Fingerpicking – and even for those who haven’t!

The goal of Travis Pick the Hits! is to provide guitarists with enjoyable, playable arrangements of well-known popular songs in the alternating-bass fingerpicking style – no singing necessary. The song list includes ‘60s standards like “Happy Together” and “Brown Eyed Girl”, a Bob Marley reggae tune, and 21st-century hits from Maroon 5 and Coldplay, all complete with melody, harmony and bass lines. The guitar tuning is mostly standard, but several tunes use Drop-D and one uses C-Wahine (C G d g b e’).

The 12 songs were chosen for their popularity and for the innate musical characteristics that allow them to be successfully set in the alternating-bass fingerpicking style. The full-length recording features Mark performing all of the tunes in the book in their entirety. The book contains extensive explanations of each tune, describing techniques involved to make them all sound as good as possible! Standard notation and tablature.

From a satisfied customer: “I despaired that I would ever be able to play my favorite song — “Clocks” —  as a fingerstyle guitar solo. Your arrangement is fantastic and seems like a gift. This one arrangement is more than worth the price. I’m enjoying the others too!

Here is Mark playing “Fields of Gold” on YouTube:


Table of Contents
Explanations of the First Three Songs
“Moonshadow” (Cat Stevens)
“In the Summertime” (Mungo Jerry)
“Jennifer Juniper” (Donovan)
Explanations of the Next Three Songs
“Three Little Birds” (Bob Marley)
“House at Pooh Corner” (Kenny Loggins)
“I Will Follow You Into the Dark” (Death Cab for Cutie)
Explanations of the Next Three Songs
“Fields of Gold” (Sting)
“Walk Away Renee” (Left Banke)
“Happy Together” (Turtles)
Explanations of the Last Three Songs
“Brown Eyed Girl” (Van Morrison)
“She Will Be Loved” (Maroon 5)
“Clocks” (Coldplay)
About the Author


I recently updated the notes/tab for two measures in my arrangement of “Happy Together” in this book. Here is the link to the update:





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