Keep It Groovy: Using Open Strings: How To Play A Slow Blues In C

Today’s lesson is all about versatility, understanding the fretboard, and integrating open strings. We’ll piggyback off of a previous lesson where we played a slow blues in the key of C, but this time, we’ll find the bass part in a different position.

Rather than settling around the 8th fret, begin on the 3rd fret and take advantage of open strings. Moving the pattern through the 12-bar blues form, you’ll adapt the groove to the F and G chords as well.

Enjoy getting this under your fingers, and keep it groovy!

Ryan Madora is a professional bass player, author, and educator living in Nashville, TN. In addition to touring and session work, she teaches private lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels. Visit her website to learn more!

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