Thump Bass And Little Chords

This acoustic blues guitar lesson was filmed live before a studio audience ๐Ÿ˜‰

When you play music, in general, you need 3 things to make it sound musical – rhythm, harmony, and melody. Using “thump bass” you can provide a nice rhythmic pulse, and using either a brush stroke or your other fingers, you can play chords.

What makes it sound super cool is when you get 2 different rhythms going on… but that’s no small feat ๐Ÿ™‚

You might notice that I played this lesson on an electric guitar, that’s simply to show you that acoustic playing is more of an approach, not so much about the instrument itself.

Take some time to dig in to this video, and you can download the TAB for the 3 styles (simple, bouncing 1/8ths, and the triplets) below the video.

If you dig this sort of thing, check out my Acoustic Blues Guitar Unleashed course, or maybe grab yourself an All Access Pass.

Click Here For The TAB

15 Comments

  • Darren

    Reply Reply February 12, 2019

    If you have been inspired to play old Acoustic Blues from somewhere, you have some great information here with this lesson and tab, that starts you off and or gives you better timing practice, Griff also shows you playing combinations to mix it up a little. He is one of the few people that likes electric and acoustic guitar playing, if you like this lesson – he has other acoustic courses available.

  • Ray Knutson

    Reply Reply February 7, 2019

    As a longtime member I enjoy all of your communications ! Great job.

  • Greg

    Reply Reply February 3, 2019

    Very cool lesson. Thanks. I’d love to see more like this.

  • Robert seargeant

    Reply Reply February 1, 2019

    I bought a Fantastic Guild 512 12 string guitar. I have never seen you do a 12 string blues. Is it in your bag of tricks?

  • Chris

    Reply Reply January 31, 2019

    Hi Griff, just to add that it is a very good supplemental lesson in this style to watch and listen to Dave Grohl performing his songs solo acoustic.

  • Chris

    Reply Reply January 31, 2019

    Great lesson for a very important and awesome sounding Acoustic style.
    Although not so much blues, this is the aspect that makes Dave Grohls playing standout. Just to listen to his ‘bass’ line playing is so exciting. Then just add the abbreviated chords on the top string with timing you have a wonderful rhythm, melody and percussion. (oh, also add the great vocals).

  • Daniel

    Reply Reply January 29, 2019

    A most excellent lesson!

    Outside of Griff’s house, “thump bass” is often known as “dead thumb” bass. If you want to find out more about the very early practitioners of this style blues, try searching for “dead thumb”. A lot of Ray Wylie Hubbard’s down home country blues keeps dead thumb alive and kicking today. Again, this was a great lesson, thanks!

  • Terry Tosh

    Reply Reply January 29, 2019

    Thanks, Griff. Love it! I have the AGBU course. That’s my 2019 resolution–to get back to it and finish it!

  • Mike

    Reply Reply January 29, 2019

    Great lesson and idea…thanks

    • PAUL

      Reply Reply January 29, 2019

      REMINDS ME OF PLAYING ON THE PORCH
      IN 1971 I HAD A BASS PLAYER AND MY ACOUSTIC . WE PLAYED MOST OF ALL THE NIGHT CLUBS ON SUNSET BLVD, IN HOLLYWOOD.
      WHERE I LIVE, WE HAVE A SAMLL NIGHT CLUB, WITH A DJ. FRIDAY IS OPEN MIC NIGHT.
      I HAVE GONE A FEW TIMES AND PLAYED ALONE. I NEVER PLAY MY OWN SONGS. WHEN I PLAYSANDY COLORED CLOWN THE SAND MAN, BY ROY OBERSON, I DO HAVE TO THUMP THE E BASS STRING AND FINGER PICK THOUGH THE VOCALS. I ALSO IN 1965 HAD FALMINCO GUITAR LESSONS SO THIS IS A GREAT REMINDER FOR ME. I LIKE TO PLAY SUN SHINE OF YOUR LOVE. SEEN CLAPTON DO IT AND THAT’S WHERE I LEANRED HOW TO PLAY IT ON ACCUSTIC.
      I ALSO DO A STRUM ON THE BASS NOTES.THANKS, GRIIF !

  • SRMrK2

    Reply Reply January 29, 2019

    I have not finger picked much in the past as a moderate beginner at guitar playing. This lesson has piqued my interest and I intend to practice it as it is an easier version. Very nice lesson indeed.

  • Terry b

    Reply Reply January 29, 2019

    Thanks griff, really appreciate the lessons,they have been a great help.

  • Susan Corke

    Reply Reply January 29, 2019

    Could you make the video for downloading ?

  • Tony

    Reply Reply January 29, 2019

    thank you for a great lesson. Learning much from each lesson.

  • Keith

    Reply Reply January 29, 2019

    Great lesson! I’ve been playing around with this type of thing for some time, but you’ve just explained how to make it work. Thank you!

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