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

New Orleans is one of the greatest music cities in the world. As far back as the early 1800's, the mix of African, European, Creole, Caribbean, and other cultural musical ingredients helped create the gumbo of New Orleans music. The earliest forms of Dixieland, jazz, and funk can all be attributed to "The Big Easy". Undoubtedly, the city's mix of people, cultures, food, art, music, and life have influenced generations of people worldwide.

"Yo Yo" is a bluesy soul groove in an early 1960's New Orleans soul style. For this one, we'll be exploring a New Orleans styled piano riff reminiscent of the legendary Allen Toussaint. This part is similar to Allen's piano work on Lee Dorsey's hit soul record Ya Ya from 1961 mixed with a bit of his piano stylings on Dorsey's "Soul Mine" from the early 80's. You can play this with a pick, though it will probably sound more authentic played with hybrid picking or even fingerstyle. This type of piano styled comping comes in really handy on solo, duo, and trio guitar gigs where you have to fill up some space. Have fun!