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Watch the Shackman online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Funk Fission

Pay close attention to the location of the palm punches throughout Shackman as they comfortably set you up for whatever move that follows. To add, the punches are split between the less common sets and not on the middle strings, so be careful as the top string set tends to feel a bit awkward for the same reason the pick hand 2nd finger feels weird when it comes to hybrid picking the hi-E string—the balance is off.

When you listen to the section of the breakdown that addresses the combination of moves heard on the 1st beat of the 2nd bar you may notice I left out the muted open 6th string that’s played with a downstroke in the explanation. What really happens there is a one beat combination of 16ths that goes as follows: open low-E played with a downstroke, a finger smack (FS), to a palm punch (PP) on the lower four strings, and then the aforementioned muted open 6th string played with another downstroke. That is what happens before the hybrid picked 4th string, 5th fret G is popped by the pick hand 2nd finger (P2) that slides a half step up to G#. Speaking of, that cool slur makes for a bluesy transition of minor to major 3rds in relation to the E7 that serves as a IV chord to the Shackman, which is in Bm.

Going back to the finger smack that appears in the group of events I just discussed, it’s a good idea to smack the neck near the 5th fret so you can get right into those slurred 3rds more easily. Remember, try not to smack the strings too hard as you will mistakenly fret unwanted pitches and be extra careful in that as you might activate the 5th or 7th fret harmonics unintentionally.

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