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The Legendary Guitar of James Burton

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12 Videos | Length: 47min 42sec
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    Straight Pick & Fingerstyle and Steel Guitar Licks

    In this first video, James Burton does a deep dive on the straight picking style, fingerstyle, and shows some steel guitar licks.

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    Echo Effects

    James discusses some echo effects he uses.

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    "Travelin' Man" & "Hello Mary Lou"

    In this video, we get our first list en of the song "Travelin' Man". James also plays "Hello Mary Lou".

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    "Travelin' Man" Solo

    James teaches the "Travelin' Man" solo.

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    "Fools Rush In"

    James demonstrates the song "Fools Rush In"

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    Chicken Pickin' & String Bending

    In this video, James shares some chicken picken' and string bending techniques.

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    Vibrato, Playing Behind the Nut, & Harmonics

    James discusses using vibrato, playing behind the nut, and playing harmonics.

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    String Bending & "Lonesome Fugitive"

    In this video, James shows some string bending techniques and plays the song "Lonesome Fugitive".

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    "The Bottle Let Me Down" & Drop D Tuning

    James plays "The Bottle Let Me Down" and demonstrates playing in drop D tuning.

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    Whole Tone & Half Tone Bends in Ballads & "Too Far Gone"

    James discusses using whole tone and half tone bends in ballads before playing the song "Too Far Gone".

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    String Guage & Crossfingering

    In this video, James talks about his string guage and crossfingering techniques.

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    Licks in the Key of E, Pickups, & Elvis Sounds

    In this final video, James demonstrates some licks in the key of E, using different pickups, and makes some "Elvis" sounds.

Product Overview


James Burton is highly regarded in the industry with a roll call of famous names who have sought his contribution to their music: Randy Newman, Gram Parsons, and Emmylou Harris among them.

In this lesson James Burton covers vibrato, string bending, pick & finger techniques, solo construction, slides steel effects and his trademark “chicken pickin'” style.

The result is a unique insight into the skills and techniques of the man Elvis Presley called “one of the finest guitar players I have ever met.”

Check out James Burton today!


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The Legendary Guitar of James Burton is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Hot licks Wow! Great to see a masterful player break down some of his licks and techniques.
Date published: 2021-08-28
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