Today’s lesson features a time-honored technique for blues fingerstyle playing that is equally at home on the electric or acoustic guitar, but perhaps most at home on the acoustic. It evokes the great blues styles of folks like Robert Johnson, Skip James, Brownie McGhee and many others.
The real purpose here is to develop independence between the thumb and the lead notes. The understanding of this is all easier than one can imagine, and in this short lesson I will give you in a nutshell the real nitty-gritty of getting this style to become part of your repertoire.
The importance of the “3 on top to every 2 on the bottom” triplet feel will be utilized in this lesson as a means of getting you into the right groove, with a great feel for these licks. Once you get these patterns under your belt, it’ll be just like riding a bike!—Arlen Roth