Watch the Jonesin' online guitar lesson by Brooks Robertson from Fingerstyle Survival Guide
As you begin working on Jonesin’ you’ll find that there are a number of different right and left hand techniques at work. There are some movable chord forms, dynamics, banjo rolls and all sorts of picking pattern variations. You’ll be better prepared to play this tune if you have spent time developing good thumb and finger independence by working with the picking patterns. Pay close attention to the right hand fingering and picking. Strive for good control of both your left and right hand dynamics.
The first section of the song is more spacious and you can let those notes sustain and ring out into each other. Be aware of your right hand placement for the second section when you want to get a more aggressive, popping, snapping sound from the strings. You can easily get that percussive sound by anchoring the base of your right hand palm on the top of the guitar. Once you’ve worked on the two sections of the song in small increments and you feel comfortable with it, try going back and using the performance video as a practice guide.