Watch the Moonlight Vagabond online guitar lesson by Brooks Robertson from Essentials: Boom-Chick Fingerstyle Etudes
As we breakdown "Moonlight Vagabond", remember we are trying to channel "Mr. Guitar" - Chet Atkins - as much as we can. Strive for great tone and most importantly a solid yet easy going groove. The muffled bass and the alternating thumb are like our drummer and bass player, driving the tune and keeping us in the pocket. Notice the use of the thumb of the left (fretting) hand used over the top of the neck to play a bass note on the low E string during the FMaj7.
Just as we've done with our other etudes, the bass strings should be muffled, while letting the treble strings (where the melody is played) sustain clearly. Take sections of 2 - 4 measures at a time and only work that section until you have it down and memorized, then move on to the next measure(s), and so on. Take some time to make sure "banjo roll" riff in the B section, over the G9 chord is accurate and smooth. Again, don't forget to reference the tabs and notation.