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This is a very challenging technique and style that is the next natural step from last week's lesson, Harmonizing With Open Strings. This again, is a style I picked up largely from my late friend, the great Danny Gatton, and if you spend any time listening to some of his improvisations you’ll be sure to pick up on some of these banjo-like runs.
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This is a technique I’ve long been known for, and I sort of picked it up by listening to the late, great Clarence White. When I was just a kid loving and learning from White’s playing on the Byrds’ records, I was unaware that he had invented the B-string “bender,” which is a mechanical string-pulling device that had been built into his guitar. Instead, I started emulating this effect by bending the strings with my fingers, while still recreating the mechanical pedal steel-like sound.
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This style is equally suited to electric as well as acoustic playing, but clearly owes its origins to the acoustic players of early country music. We will work strongly on the right-hand patterns that help to establish the foundation needed to execute these licks properly, and it’s a great workout in “jumping” strings in a flatpick style.
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This is a style I have always explored, but when my late, great friend Danny Gatton and I recorded “Tequila” for my eighth album, I really had a chance to stretch out with this style and learn from Danny what he chose to do within this unique technique!
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This is a great “hybrid” picking technique that uses a real split-string effect to achieve its most effective end. You can use it as a blues-oriented style, as well as country, and it is extremely effective at all tempos. It’s also a great “snarly” effect when you really want to add a twangy and powerful sound to your soloing and fills.
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