Watch the Vamping in A online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory

I love how the steady bass on an open string allows you to mix open position licks with ideas further up the neck. In this case we’re based around an open A minor chord shape for the start and finish of the lick, but in the middle there’s a cool half-barred move from the seventh to the fifth fret that’s straight out of Electric Blues Rhythm Guitar, Volume I. And given that the line’s so blurry between electric and acoustic blues anyway, why not? When you consider that Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins and John Lee Hooker, just to name a few, all recorded both solo and with a band, on electric and acoustic guitars, using pretty much the same licks and techniques regardless of the context, the whole distinction between electric and acoustic blues starts to look a little silly.