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Watch the Snapback online guitar lesson by James Hogan from Essentials: Soul Rhythm Guitar

"Snapback" takes us down to Muscle Shoals where we'll dig deep into a fat groove inspired by the "Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section", aka "The Swampers" of FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals sound fame. Like their studio counterparts in Detroit and Memphis, The Swampers had their own sound and were in very high demand. Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Boz Scaggs, and countless others recorded some of their most soulful work in Muscle Shoals with this rhythm section! It says a lot that artists and producers worldwide traveled to this small remote area of Alabama to get that sound on their records.

This example is a quintessential Muscle Shoals soul groove taken from Clarence Carter's "Snatching It Back". The funky little guitar riff is in the style of the great Jimmy Johnson and shows his importance to the Muscle Shoals sound. There's an Eddie Willis styled chord "chank" on beat 2 of the 1st measure to set the time, followed by some nice muted single notes to start us off. From there we'll groove out and even add some effects into the mix!