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In this lesson, we'll learn the technique called Alternating Bass.

In the first half of a measure of 4/4 music, you'll play the standard bass note for whatever chord you are playing. In the second half of the measure, you'll play an alternate bass note.

On a C chord, your alternate bass note will be G (6th string, 3rd fret).

On an F chord, your alternate bass note will be C (5th string, 3rd fret).

On a G chord, your alternate bass note will be D (4th string, open).

On an D chord, your alternate bass note will be A (5th string, 3rd open).

For the purposes of this series, we'll stick with the bass/down-up strum technique as a backdrop for adding in these other ornamentations.

In the next lesson, we'll put these techniques to work in context. We'll ramp up the speed a bit, and play a song in the key of C with a country band.

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