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In this tutorial, you’re going to learn to incorporate bass motion into your fingerstyle playing. In some places we’ll use bass notes that aren’t the root note of the chord. This opens the door to endless possibilities for your chord progressions, how they move from chord to chord, and also what emotions they evoke.

Chords are built up of 3 notes from the major scale: the 1 (root), the 3rd and the 5th. Up to this point we’ve only used the 1 (root) in the bass, but we can also choose to use the 3rd or the 5th, the other two options within the chord. We’re also going to look at bass leading, or “walking the bass line” in between chord changes. This movement in the low end creates a cohesiveness in your playing that really starts to glue your songs together.

We’re also going to look at what I call the inner string set. Up to this point our picking hand has only been positioned on the G, B and E strings, but now we’ll learn how to move them down a string set to D, G and B. This also gives us more flexibility and more options moving forward!

We’re going to use fingerpicking patterns that you’ve previously learned like “Pinch 1-2-1” so that all our attention can be focused on this new subject. If you find the techniques covered in this tutorial a little too challenging I encourage you to work through my previous tutorials so that you’re prepared for the material in this one!

Lesson Info
Instructor Collin Hill
Adding Bass Motion