Watch the The Drag online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Blues Architect

You can learn a lot about dynamics from the music of Ronnie Earl, not to mention how to make a shuffle sound like a million bucks (if a Stratocaster straight into an amp can sound better than his does on "Harvard Square Stomp," I want to know about it). I'd start with his two 1990s albums Still River and Language of the Blues, which have the best tunes and the bluesiest attitude of his instrumental releases. Visit Ronnie Earl online at

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