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Watch the The Bass Part online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Acoustic Guitar 5: Fingerstyle Principles

The Bass Part - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Tommy Emmanuel and is sourced from Fingerstyle Milestones.

I'm going to start out with some simple chords. Before I play this for you, I want to tell you that the rule is that the first note of every bar should be the root note of the chord you're in. So if I'm in the key of E, my first note with my bass should be the E note. So I'm spelling out E, E, B, E, E, E, B, E. Now, when I move to the A, my first note is an A. When I go to B, it's B, and so on. So it's important for you to pay attention to that, that the first note of the down beat of every bar should be the root note of the chord you're in. I'm going to show you how to get the thumb going. When I used to teach students one on one, I used to tape their fingers down near the sound hole, to make sure they didn't use their fingers to play the notes, because that's what everyone wants to do, because it's easy. But that's not going to make you a good thumb and fingerstyle player. And that's what I'm here to do, to get you to that point!