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In this video Country fingerstyle guitar master Buster B. Jones teaches you how to play one of his "hot licks".
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Buster B. Jones Teaches a Hot Guitar Lick
Hi, I’m Buster B. Jones and welcome to my video. What we’re going to do here is kind off share my ideas with you on guitar licks and where do licks come from? I’m going to show how I make them up, give you a little two or three of my musical mind. I think the first thing we need to do though before we get started is get tuned up.
Now, you may notice that on my guitar here, I’ve got a cape along at the second fret, whatever there is a good reason for that? I have a surgically rebuilt left hand kind of my robo-hand and I tune the guitar down a full step which is two frets. So actually with the cape alone I’m in standard tuning so what we should do now is just tune up together and we’ll take it from there. Here’s my first string, second string, the third, the fourth string, the fifth, and the sixth string.
What I’m going to do is I’m just going to play a series of licks. I’ll probably just improvise my way through it and then we’re going to come back and we’re going to take those licks one at a time. I’m going to show you why I did what I did and how I thought of it. So, that it is more important really for you to understand to creating a lick because then you can make your own up and I’ll come along someday stealing from you. So, here we go, I’m just going to play a few licks for you.
You may have noticed that I repeated a few things in there but I manipulated in just a little bit differently. So what I do when I want to play a lick because I making it up in the first position using the basic cord shapes E, D, C, A or G. I don’t use F or B because E and F are the same as far as I’m concerned so we just move them up. Before you create your licks using the E and A and B are the same. So, all my B licks are created in A.
Now, I started that off with the little run that I like to use. I actually steal this from Chet Atkins a long time ago. You can flatpick this way. When you fingerpick it to get a whole different sound or you can pump and roll by tucking a finger under the string. We give that country telecaster kind of sound. Can you here that? What I’m doing is I’m just lightening up with left hand and I’m kind off choking the strings playing a would-be note.
Now, you notice there but I’m choking it. So it gives it more dynamics and things like that. Now, where do you get a lick like this? Okay, and usually where it came from? I started with the G, if you look at your inversions, the first inversion of a G is here. I go up to it just like that. If you’re in A it would be or D or E. So in other words, what I’m trying to show you here is that when you get a lick just because you complete one spot don’t be satisfied with that. Try to teach yourself to play it and all the other positions, the other four shapes and then to be able to move direct around. In other words, when I go up at the end of this lick, if you just take the first part of that by doing this now I can play it in fourth string B or E. So you can lick it this and you can move more around. If I was playing in the key of C and I wanted to use that lick I would look for that portion here and then I could do it.
Okay, so let’s just take this lick, set little one there, split the screen, and watch my fingers very close because I’m going to show how to do it in E, in D and in E, one more time. Let’s try it in D, one more time and let us try it in E, one more time.
I think from that little example, you can see that I’m playing my first position like merely inverting to meet the key that I’m playing on. So, that’s what I create more of my licks. For instance, that first lick that I played can be flatpick as well but it’s not in A lick.
If you look at the chord what I’m playing at now that’s merely part of the G shape. So, if you move it down or actually learned it, or you can pick it here as well, slow it down.