Use Dropped-D Tuning for Alternating Bass Fingerpicking

by Andrew DuBrock

Drop D Alt Bass EXAMPLES 7,8
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Dropped-D tuning is a popular tuning for alternating-bass fingerpicking, because all three bass strings are part of the D chord. This allows you to play single-note passages on the top three strings without worrying where the bass notes are (Example 7). Jorma Kaukonen plays “Embryonic Journey” in the key of D with this tuning, moving his hammer-on riff up to the seventh fret (the final product sounds similar to Example 8).

Excerpted from Acoustic Rock Essentials - Roots Fingerpicking in Acoustic Rock

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