PATTERN 7 MONOPHONIC BASS BLUES
This generic blues pattern is great for practising the art of players including Howlin’Wolf, Big Bill Broonzy and Willie Brown (as mentioned in Crossroads). The tricky part is at the end of bar 1, where you slide up from the 2nd fret, because at the precise moment of arrival at the 4th fret, your thumb picks the bass note, which can feel a little counter intuitive to begin with. Practise slowly, thinking of this as no more than a series of events that need aligning in order.
Example 7: Here, the pattern is applied to a 12-bar sequence, implying 7th chords with passing notes in the bass to link the changes.
Big Bill Broonzy: one of the blues greats of all time