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Watch the Lesson 16 online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 1

It takes less thumb than you might think to grab a bass note. You don't need to get your whole first joint over the top of the guitar. If you play with your thumb kind of peeking up over the neck of the guitar in the first place, you just need to snag a little bit of the string with the flesh of your thumb and pull down. If you determine that it just isn't going to happen, there's almost always a way to refinger the chord without your thumb. >> Reference Source: Chet Atkins (