Playing the blues is all about getting a feel for the shuffle, learning the basic structure, and mastering those chord transitions. Even though you may have just started playing guitar, we’re going to introduce a new topic for you: the blues bassline.
Now, a lot of acoustic guitar players are going to say, “Woah, slow down, Tony! I just started playing!” Fortunately, playing a blues bassline on guitar isn’t insanely hard. In fact, it will give you a strong foundation in fretting position, finger position, posture, learning string names, holding the pick, and learning to read tabs. For these reasons, we decided to include a few lessons to start out your 30 Days to Play Challenge.
If you’re looking for more explanations or lessons on how to play the blues, be sure to check out the full 30 Days to Play Challenge. Taught by Tony Polecastro himself, the 30 Days to Play Challenge is all about helping you learn to play guitar online. Whether you’ve never touched a guitar or you just started playing, the 30 Days to Play Challenge can help you develop your guitar skills with curated and structured lessons. If you are ready to join one of the largest communities of acoustic guitar players online, be sure to sign up today!
Guitar Bass Lines for Beginners
Because we are looking at guitar bass lines through the lens of the blues, we already know the chords, which strings you’ll be playing, and the general blues shuffle feel. Adding a bass line that you can play on your guitar will help enhance your understanding of the fretboard while developing your technique and dexterity.
Learning a blues guitar bass line will also teach you a little bit about reading tabs and how those tabs relate to the chords your playing. For example, the tablature will tell you to play the 5th and 7th frets. Those notes are either the root, the 5th scale degree, the 7th scale degree, or the octave. This will help open up your ear to how different notes and scale degrees sound against guitar chords.
Learning a blues guitar bass line will also help develop your understanding of the blues shuffle rhythm. As you listen to the bassline being played, you’ll notice it’s not just quarter notes being played — although, quarter notes will work just fine. Instead, the shuffle rhythm is implied while playing the guitar bass line. Once you combine this with a backing track or alongside another guitar player, you’ll be able to lock into the blues shuffle rhythm with greater confidence and bravado!
While some of Acoustic Life’s 30 Days to Play Challenge lessons are free, you can access different speeds of the videos and even more backing tracks when you join the 30 Days to Play Challenge at Tony’s Acoustic Challenge. Curated and developed by Tony Polecastro, the 30 Days to Play Challenge is designed to help acoustic guitar players of all levels of experience.
When you access the 30 Days to Play content on Tony’s Acoustic Challenge, you’ll find even more videos and tablature that you can download and print. In addition, you’ll automatically be a part of one of the largest acoustic guitar forums. Whether you need help finding other acoustic players to jam with or you need help understanding a certain concept, the community is here to help you. To continue your acoustic journey and live your best acoustic life, join the 30 Days to Play Challenge today!