Watch the Moving Basslines Build Songs online guitar lesson by Christie Lenée from Creative Fingerstyle Guitar for Songwriters

Let's focus on moving basslines for this lesson. Often when we think of melody we think of the top line, the top notes in our progressions, but sometimes putting the melody in the bass is just what your creative muse is after - it can be a great way to change things up. Here, we'll take a simple repeating harmony pattern with the right hand and include some moving melody in the bass. The ringing of the open strings in the right hand pattern embellishes the melody for you. It's a great simple trick that you can use to build great intros, outros, or even main sections of your songs.