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Country Blues Fingerpicking Basics, Part 3: Thumb Things

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Become a complete blues player through these lessons in country blues fingerpicking, blues lead guitar, and bottleneck slide, with great technique lessons and blues songs from Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and more.
 
 
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Country Blues Fingerpicking Basics   
 
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Country Blues Fingerpicking Basics, Part 3: Thumb Things
Country Blues Fingerpicking Basics, Part 3: Thumb Things
 
In addition to playing an alternating bass, the thumb does a few other things in blues fingerpicking. It can play a single-note shuffle rhythm on one string, in which the eighth notes have a “swing” or shuffle feel. Another feel, used by players like Mance Lipscomb, has been called “heavy time,” in which the thumb hits or strums two (and sometimes three) bass strings in quarter notes for a pulsating “heavy” feel. The thumb can also play a line or melody independently of the fingers for a contrapuntal sound. Learn all of these approaches in this lesson.

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