Robert Johnson's Thumb Bass Style - Page 4
by Jim Burger
This little segment brings to mind an important tidbit. When you're playing the blues, you can take big advantage of the same little tricks that Robert Johnson did. Check out the following chord fingerings on the top 3 strings: cho|x|x|x|7|7|8|D7|cho cho|x|x|x|9|8|9|A7|cho cho|x|x|x|9|9|10|E7|cho |cr| Now forget about the third string and what do you get? You have the exact same fingering on the top 2 strings! You can cover your whole I-IV-V just by sliding up and down 1 fret from your A7 fingering. If you add a thumb bass played on open strings, you can play some decent sounding blues with real minimal effort!