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Watch the Dead Bass Thumbpicking online guitar lesson by John Hatcher from Fingerstyle Blues Roots

Fingerstyle blues can be plucked out with bare fingers, thumbpicks, or fingerpicks. You'll find just about any combination of these picking styles throughout fingerstyle blues. I'll use my bare fingers throughout this course, but whatever you choose to pluck out your notes, one thing is common: your thumb is responsible for thumping out the bass line.

In this course, we'll cover two main bass picking techniques: deadbass and alternating bass. Let's start with dead bass.

Dead bass, sometimes called steady bass, is that driving bass thump that happens on the beat and it's typically played with a palm mute to get nice dull thud sound going.

This technique is foundational to fingerstyle blues and I strongly encourage you to spend some time working with a metronome to make sure you can keep a solid beat while playing dead bass.