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The Constant Bass in Blues Fingerpicking
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The Constant Bass in Blues Fingerpicking

Today’s lesson features a time-honored technique for blues fingerstyle playing that is equally at home on the electric or acoustic guitar, but perhaps most at home on the acoustic. It evokes the great blues styles of folks like Robert Johnson, Skip James, Brownie McGhee and many others.

The real purpose here is to develop independence between the thumb and the lead notes. The understanding of this is all easier than one can imagine, and in this short lesson I will give you in a nutshell the real nitty-gritty of getting this style to become part of your repertoire.

The importance of the “3 on top to every 2 on the bottom” triplet feel will be utilized in this lesson as a means of getting you into the right groove, with a great feel for these licks. Once you get these patterns under your belt, it’ll be just like riding a bike!—Arlen Roth

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Arlen Roth

Music lesson pioneer Arlen Roth is the quintessential guitarist. An accomplished and brilliant musician — and one of the very few who can honestly say he’s done it all — Roth has, over the course of his celebrated 35-year career, played on the world’s grandest stages, accompanied many of the greatest figures in modern music and revolutionized the concept of teaching guitar. Read More...

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