Watch the Swamp Funk online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Blues Alchemy

Country and bluegrass guitarists really have a handle on playing in open position over a straight-eighth-note groove. To get your mind good and boggled, check out the playing of bluegrass legend Tony Rice on the first David Grisman record (The David Grisman Quintet), or Tele master Ray Flacke's work on the Ricky Skaggs classic Highways and Heartaches. As my good friend Josh Pincus once observed, "I could do that, too ... if all I cared about was taste, tone and timing."

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