Conquer the Challenge of the Steady Thumb!

Happy Traum

The Ultimate Fingerpicking Starter Method

80 Minute video, includes music and tab pdf file
  • Code:DLHAPTH21
  • Skill Level:Near-Beginner (2)

Syncopation is the heart and soul of guitar fingerpicking - the push and pull of the thumb maintaining a solid, foot-tapping rhythm while fingers are playing melody notes on the high strings. Keeping that beat going in the bass is one of the main stumbling blocks for many learning players.

This “remedial” course will help you train your thumb to be your drummer, bass player and rhythm section. Happy has been teaching this technique at workshops and guitar camps for years, and he knows how to break it down so that just about anyone can do it.

Happy starts you off with the monotonic or “dead thumb” bass, played on just the low E string. Through a variety of simple exercises, you’ll learn to develop a solid sense of time before adding treble notes on different beats of each measure. Before long, you’ll be playing simple but really cool blues licks, scales, riffs, double stops and melodies - all while keeping the beat going with your thumb. You'll also get some ideas for putting these licks into some classic songs, such as Baby Please Don't Go, Down in the Flood and I'll Fly Away.

In preparation for future fingerpicking studies, you’ll also learn the basics of alternating bass thumb picking, giving you another technique to add to your repertoire.


Elston Gunnn 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Ive been playing the guitar poorly for 20 odd years. This Course - The Challenge of the steady thumb has been a Huge Positive for me. Its almost like a bulb went on my my head - and my playing has improved a lot (not just me - comments from my wife and friends - saying, 'your guitar playing has suddenly improved" and it was just understanding the steady thumb and basics of finger picking - and following the songs in this course and then a few others (freight train, dont think twice) and now am able to ork out rudimentary patterns for song arrangements myself. I would recommend this to anyone who plays guitar but been stuck in the semi-novice level - and would love a level up.

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