Watch the Shambling online guitar lesson by Ray Nijenhuis from 50 Western Swing Licks You MUST Know

With all that great western swing solo guitar playing going on one could easily overlook the fact that there were some really great innovative rhythm players. The single most important of them all just has to be Eldon Shamblin. Even Rolling Stone magazine called him the all-time greatest rhythm guitar player in the world! Influenced by chord wizard Eddie Lang, Eldon invented a two-beat rhythm style of playing which became his trademark sound. Moving bass lines, chord inversions and substitutes are key words here.