Alfie Smith

Tuesday Minor: Dead Thumb style and Opposable Thumbs (Part 2)
Levels: Intermediate. You know from the very beginning when something is called “dead thumb” it’s going to be cool! 

Humans not only have opposable thumbs, but we can do things such as touch the thumb to the pinky finger. In dead thumb technique it is all in the thumb. This technique is very old and many of the oldest blues and roots recordings feature it fully or in some variant form.  People interested in older blues styles will know the sound of this technique right away.

Catfish Blues by Muddy Waters will serve our purpose here.