Monotonic Bass Style

Here is the TAB for the blues in E monotonic bass style of fingerpicking as demonstrated in the video tuition clip shown below and as used by guitarists such as Mance Lipscomb, Lightning Hopkins and Big Bill Broonzy. Also included is a basic monotonic bass vocal accompaniment part with call and response.TAB


Baby Please Don’t Go TAB
youtube video.


Robert Johnson Blues In A TAB
youtube video.

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  1. by Hans August 4, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Nice to hear a really good player.
    Thank you for the R. Johnson tabs

    Hans Hellgren
    Stockholm ,Sweden.

  2. by Tony g. October 11, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for your time John, with the tabs as well makes it easy to follow.
    Great Job.
    Tony. UK.

  3. by Dino October 28, 2007 at 9:11 am

    thanks a lot for all this worK . I like your arrangement of Baby please don’t go. can you put a tab with all the song arranged in this manner , please.
    Dino France

  4. by Callan Walker November 13, 2007 at 5:18 am

    Great stuff.
    Really appreciate the tutorials. Well explained.

    Any chance of your take on BBB’s version of ‘Glory of Love’?

    Thanks again.

  5. by Kyle M June 10, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Fantastic stuff! I’ve been looking for information like this for a week solid, and it’s all here on your site!

  6. by Ken C July 23, 2009 at 9:16 am

    best tutorial and tab site i’ve ever seen. now know where my teacher was getting his info.

  7. by Hugh J'aarce February 22, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Love the genre of music you play, and the way you play it. I’ve been mining this stratum obsessively since discovering your goodselves and Mr Stoneking, and I’m now the proud owner of a 5 string banjo, which does wondrous things when tuned to open D.

    Nobody’s Fault but Mine sounds great, and I’m working on ‘Oh Death’ – any chance of a tutorial on that one, especially if you could demonstarte it on the banjo.

    Best wishes with the music and the sidelines.


  8. by Rev. Joseph Jacobs October 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Awesome! Keep the monotonic bass style coming. It sounds simple and great – you’re a great player. Thank you! And please keep this style coming. We need more of it…everything always seems to be alternating bass style blues.

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