Watch the Alternating Bass Rhythm online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Country Guitar 1: Quick-Start for Beginners
One of the techniques associated with the iconic country music sound is alternating bass. This is a simple technique where you play a regular open chord, but rather than just strumming it, you pick a bass note between strums. This one calls for accuracy and control of you picking and strumming hand. So take your time with this and make sure you can do it cleanly.