“Bourree” – Johann Sebastian Bach (U-Bass Lesson)

Below is the U-Bass lesson for “Bourrée” by J.S. Bach.

Helpful Tips

This classical duet demonstrates counterpoint, whereas there are two melodies that move independently of one another. One melody is played by the ukulele and the other by the U-Bass. The U-Bass melody features a repetitive rhythmic theme which is heard throughout most of the piece. This theme consists of quarter note beats, and is as follows: 1 2 3 4. If you are new to counting and understanding rhythms, be sure to check out this lesson.

For our right hand picking approach, we’ll be using the index and middle fingers in an alternating picking fashion. In classical guitar terminology, this technique is known as Picado and/or “rest stroke”; where the finger, after striking the string to make the sound, rests on the next upper string. This produces a note that has a punchy sound with full tone.

It is okay to break the alternate picking approach if you are moving up or down a string (i.e. string skipping).

* Note: Click HERE for the Ukulele lesson for “Bourrée”.

Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson

Tab Play Along


Backing Track Play Along (Sans U-Bass)