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Doubling the Bass Line for Blues Guitar
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Doubling the Bass Line for Blues Guitar

Learning the various patterns of "walking" or "string-jumping" basslines are one of the true building blocks for great blues and R&B guitar playing. It is also something that helps develop and add the "discipline" of time and structure to one's playing, all with the goal of adding classic and necessary tools to your arsenal of licks.

This style is closely associated with many of the great Chicago blues players, including Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Mike Bloomfield and others, and eventually gave way to the later English bands and power trios that became so predominant in the wake of the blues boom.

In this lesson, we'll work on both open and closed blues "shapes" for these hot patterns.—Arlen Roth

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Arlen Roth

Music lesson pioneer Arlen Roth is the quintessential guitarist. An accomplished and brilliant musician — and one of the very few who can honestly say he’s done it all — Roth has, over the course of his celebrated 35-year career, played on the world’s grandest stages, accompanied many of the greatest figures in modern music and revolutionized the concept of teaching guitar. Read More...

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