Watch the South St. Pete in A 1 online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory

Practicing the melody and the bass separately is a really good way to better understand how a fingerstyle tune is put together. On this chorus in particular, playing the melody on its own will help you hear how similar the first two lines (measures 1-4 and measures 5-8) are. If you do practice the melody on its own, be sure to use the same fingers you would if you were playing the whole example. In other words, don’t play any notes with your thumb, because that won’t be possible when you bring the thumb back in for the bass. If your thumb seems to keep wandering into the action anyway, try parking it on one of the low strings for the time being.