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Watch the Picking Hand online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Blues Bass

This lesson focuses exclusively on the picking hand. We will begin with an explanation of an ideal posture which allows maximum tone, dynamic control, and efficiency with a minimal amount of movement. You will learn to alternate your index and middle fingers to provide a foundation for executing higher-speed passages. You'll also learn how to dampen notes for a staccato effect.

Staccato means the note is shortened in duration and is one of the most effective tools for bringing a bass line to life. You will also see how you can move your hand along the string axis for tonal variation.

As a bass player, you always want to have a thick full round tone and it starts with your picking hand. You will learn about rest strokes and their application to produce this tone.