Watch the Lone Star online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Blues Architect

Open strings are a big part of the Texas blues sound as well - consider the capoed approach of both Gatemouth Brown and (in open tuning) Albert Collins, as compared to the all-closed-position approach of, say, B.B. King, Albert King or Buddy Guy. Maybe that combination of guitaristic open-position action and a more uptown, swinging-eighth-note feel is what makes the music sound so hip? Check out The Hip Manual online at

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