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The Basic Pattern

 

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In this lesson we'll have a look at the basic pattern that we'll use throughout the tutorial.

After getting the fingering right, the most important thing here is to see all three voices at work. I have the bass voice on the bottom E string, the middle voices (and the main "melody" of the riff) on the D & G strings, and the upper voices on the upper strings, the B and high E strings.

Again, it is important to see all three voices at work. This time, however, look at how the various voices are picked on which strings. Also, notice the rhythmic placement of each part. The first bass note starts on an upbeat, before the downbeat, in order to get that propulsive bluesy bass sound.

Play it slowly at first in order to get the physical motions down. Gradually speed up as you gain confidence and competence at these motions!

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