Example AVETT BROTHERS style
[Bar 1] We’re straight into the embellished chords here with the movement taking place on the fourth string. Use hammer- ons to make things sound smooth – picking every note would remove the ‘bounce’ that this approach gives. Accuracy is needed to pluck the bass notes followed by the chords.
[Bar 2] As you’ll discover, syncopation is very common in this style. This just means that chords are often sustained over the beat so they are played on the ‘and’. If you are new to this then it may feel a bit awkward at first but persevere and soon it will feel very natural. [Bar 13] The ascending bass notes on the 2nd and 3rd frets add a rising bass figure against the Em chord. This can be a useful device for a singersongwriter when leading into a chorus, for example. It also adds variety to simpler progressions.