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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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The positions of open G tuning are surely unique, but one of the best uses of this tuning are the endless open and closed position harmonies that can be created. A good right hand is really important here, especially for the “splits”, and the muting that must occur if you want a clean slide 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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In all my years of teaching guitar, one of the most theoretical and essential lessons to learn and grasp quickly are the important differences between all the various blues notes and chords.
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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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