Watch the Black Horse Blues online guitar lesson by Paul Rishell from Dirt Road Blues
We'll continue with the breakdown of "Black Horse Blues" by Blind Lemon Jefferson.
Lemon's original recording of this song, made in 1927, might be the first known example of what was later called "Travis picking."
The E to D string alternate thumb picking was later adopted by people like Merle Travis and Chet Atkins as the basis for their styles. We're in the key of E in standard tuning and we're playing without a capo.