Watch the Low Down online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Blues Alchemy

When Ronnie Earl plays a shuffle, there's no messing around - he just lays into the low strings with a tone that clanks like a locomotive. The double-stop lick I play here on the high strings is a combination of a hammeron lick I saw Earl use during a slow blues solo, the back half of Jimmy Smith and Kenny Burrell's "Back at the Chicken Shack" and my own inclination to spread a little grease around in between those low-end boogie-woogie riffs.

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