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The Lightnin' Hopkins Style

Jim Burger (4613) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 150
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

The last 4 bars start with an easy bar fingerpicked out of a B7 chord fingering.
Bar 10 is another interesting one: first you alternate picking B notes on the open 2nd string and 4th fret of the 3rd string as fast as you can to get the machine-gun sort of effect, then you punctuate this with the short run from the 2nd fret of the 3rd string to the 2nd fret of the 4th string (all blues scale stuff, again).

The two-bar turnaround starting in bar 11 is pretty standard Hopkins stuff and is actually seen all over the blues. Here you run little triplets from E7-Eb7-D7 fingerings in beats 2-4 of bar 11.
E7 Fingering
Eb7 Fingering
D7 Fingering
Then you roll down the blues scale from the 2nd fret of the 3rd string to finish up on the V note of your blues progression (the B note on the 2nd fret of your 5th string).

OK, now go back to page 6 and play the whole thing from start to finish!
The Lightnin' Hopkins Style - Page 10
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