James Burton Style Blues

by Chris Shofner

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  • The "James Burton Style Blues" lesson covers an 8 bar blues solo in the style of one of my favorite guitarist, James Burton. Burton is probably best known for his work as Elvis' guitar player during the 70's and his iconic pink paisley telecaster. Of course he has had a signature telecaster for many years now as well for sen if you have never heard him play you may be familiar with his name. Burton's style is synonymous with the chicken picking style. His tone is twangy so I recommend a single coil in the bridge pickup position. When I think about his style I think of hybrid picking, string bends, double-stops, hammer-ons, and pinch harmonics. I hope you enjoy this one!

    Key: G
    Chords: G, G7, C, Cm, G, D, G, D (X3 - no D at the end)
    BPM: 95

    Gear: Partscaster Tele (Bridge Pickup), Wampler Clarksdale, Vox AC15, Sennheiser e906, Presonus, Ableton Live 8

    Scales:

    G Bluesy Pentatonic Burton Style with Flexible Third
    G

    C Major Pentatonic
    C

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