Watch the Jonesin' online guitar lesson by Brooks Robertson from Fingerstyle Survival Guide
Jonesin’ is one of my favorite tunes to play. I wrote this tune shortly after my mentor, the late great Buster B. Jones passed away. It is a humble tribute to him and his legacy. It was a combination of taking right hand techniques he used in his own compositions and some new found chords, inversions and chord voicing I had been exposed to thanks to another inspirational teacher of mine at the time, Bill Harkleroad. Just like most of all my compositions, I used my ear and much experimentation to find the sounds I liked and wanted. Dynamics of the right and left hand are what really bring this tune to life and gives it nice sonic peaks and valleys. There is a large use of double stop picking patterns, double picking, syncopation and banjo roll type concepts. The middle section of the tune which we will focus on, really is a great foundation to hone your dynamic skills. You’ll have the space to really dig into the strings and also gently grace them all within the same sixteen bars. Have fun with this one. Here’s to the flying fingers of machine gun Buster B. Jones!