Must Know Bass-Style Techniques for your Acoustic Guitar

Educator and Elixir Strings artist Marc Seal teaches us common bass-style techniques like slapping and popping to coax some different sounds from your acoustic guitar. Add some plucking and percussive clicking and you are ready to put it all together in a riff that will really improve your fingerstyle technique. Marc plays Elixir Acoustic Phosphor Bronze Strings with NANOWEB Coating, 13-56.

“Elixir Strings always sound stellar and really last! Because of the coating, they always feel like a new set of strings to me. Honestly, I love them!” – Marc Seal

Boost your playing with more lessons from Marc, Richard Thompson, Phil Keaggy and many others on the Elixir Strings YouTube Channel (opens in new tab). You can catch more of Marc on Take the Lead (opens in new tab), a live guitar experience airing Friday at 3:30 PM PST.

Elixir Strings provides three string types in its acoustic line, all with the same longest-lasting tone. Learn more (opens in new tab) about Elixir Acoustic Strings.

Guitar Player Staff

Guitar Player is the world’s most comprehensive, trusted and insightful guitar publication for passionate guitarists and active musicians of all ages. Guitar Player magazine is published 13 times a year in print and digital formats. The magazine was established in 1967 and is the world's oldest guitar magazine.


When "Guitar Player Staff" is credited as the author, it's usually because more than one author on the team has created the story.