Bringin' Out the Bounce

Toby Walker

Techniques to Make Your Fingerpicking "POP"

60-minute DVD, includes music and tab file on DVD to view or print
  • Code:DLWKRBB21
  • Skill Level:Intermediate (4)
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The remarkable Toby Walker has made an outstanding lesson that is sure to appeal to all fingerpickers who love blues and traditional guitar playing. He helps bring your songs to life by adding the rhythmic bounce that will put "pop" into anything you want to play.

Toby starts off with a basic version of Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms, developing it step-by-step with tried and true techniques - muted bass, accented beats, a syncopated "bounce" note, fills, licks and runs until it really swings.

In Mance Lipscomb's Sugar Babe and Toby's original, Traveling with Charlie, he builds his arrangements by adding a cool hammer-on sequence, a "reverse slide", "reverse pull-off," a neat ending and other techniques that will enhance your picking.

Blind Blake's That'll Never Happen No More introduces the thumb technique Toby calls the "da-dump" rhythm, where your bass notes anticipate the beat in a 'double-thumbing" shuffle groove. Finally, Rev. Gary Davis' Sally Where'd You Get Your Liquor From introduces dazzling, dance-inspired licks and runs that will amaze you and your listeners.

This lesson is a must-have for anyone who wants to pick with the best of them.


Rick Liftig 1 year, 3 months ago

I’ve been a Toby Walker fan for many moons and I swear that each lesson gets better. Well, once again, this is his best!

“Bringin’ Out the Bounce” is one of those iconic lessons that has kicked my playing up to another level. Throughout my fingerstyle journey I could never quite figure out why my playing didn’t sound like Merle or Chet or Tommy (even remotely like them). In fact, it didn’t sound like much of anything because it was missing the “bounce”, the syncopation that mode the song forward.

This is a great set of graduated lessons. When you’re done, you’ll have some nice performance pieces. And perhaps the ultimate compliment I can provide is that one of these will be in my set when I do my first open mike night (coming soon)!

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