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You can tune down the low E-string to D, and you will get what is called Dropped D-tuning. When you play in D, you will get access to the low root note on the open 6th string. In standard tuning, you will often get the feeling that the notes stop one whole note above where you want to go. You get the root on the 6th and 4th string, and the fifth on the 5th string. Get to the Dropped D-tuning page in the Open and Alternate Tuning section for more on this tuning.

We will return to the tune See See Rider, this time loosly based on the playing of Mississippi John Hurt. (He is playing in standard tuning, which means that he is playing different in the bass.)

With this arrangement we will introduce another fingerpicking technique: Alternating bass. It is istill one bass note pr beat, but it gives a more "dancing" sound, compared to the monotone bass. Important blues artists playing in this style are Mississippi John Hurts, Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake and Blind Boy Fuller.

Alernating bass is the basis of many fingerpicking styles. Two prominent players in this style are Merle Travis and Chet Atkins.

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