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

The solo acoustic guitar world is full of ideas in open E. Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins is considered one of the more fertile sources, but I snagged much of my early vocabulary from Dave Van Ronk, in particular his 1976 album Sunday Street. Van Ronk considered himself a singer and an arranger more than a guitar virtuoso, but he was one of the most accomplished musicians to come out of the folk revival of the late 50s and early 60s.

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