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Watch the C Horse online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Essentials: Fingerstyle Blues

Like the key of G, the key of C has a tendency to sound bright and major, and there are plenty of definitive alternating-thumb classics in C, from Blind Boy Fuller’s “Rag Mama Rag” andJohn Hurt’s “My Creole Belle” to Merle Travis’ “Goodbye My Bluebell” and Reverend Gary Davis’ “Candy Man.” But while these tunes all exploit the brightness of C major, there are some funkier, more minor pentatonic-based sounds to be coaxed from these familiar shapes, and with C Horse we’ll look at how to do so.