Alternating Basslines on Acoustic Guitar

Technique: Acoustic Guitar Alternating Basslines

"When it comes to fingerstyle guitar, the traditional alternating thumb technique is a tried and tested way of filling out the bass parts with your picking hand. It provides a rhythmic drive and can outline simple basslines, perfect for solo performances.

As with all techniques though, it’s good to mix things up and explore other possibilities. That’s exactly what Elixir® Strings artist Eric Bibb does in this short tuition video, based around a section from “Tulsa Time”, taken from his current album Ridin’. He takes the basic alternating method and demonstrates how to come up with more interesting parts underneath implied chords. Small changes can make a big difference, so check the lesson out and have fun applying the same approach to your own music!"

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate Acoustic Guitar

The warmth and depth of Elixir® Strings is important to my overall sound. They feel great and their tone lasts an incredibly long time. Eric Bibb

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Acoustic Phosphor Bronze Strings with NANOWEB® Coating, Medium Gauge

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