Watch the Pogo Stick online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Funk Fission
Throughout this segment watch how relaxed both my hands are. This is something that will come if you start out slow with Pogo Stick and all the riffs to follow. In fact, it has to—this entire approach rests on relaxation so be sure to take each step in pieces and let the techniques sink deep into your muscle memory banks.
When it comes to tone, as you can hear I’m using a mostly clean tone, but with a little bite. I was plugged straight into one of the many killer house amps at TrueFire HQ, a Mesa Boogie Lonestar 1X12 combo that really sounded great that day. Normally, I plug into a ’64 Fender Deluxe non-reverb 1X12 combo, which I upgraded with a Celestion Vintage 30. Whatever your rig is be sure to start out with a clean enough tone so you monitor your execution of all the percussive and non-percussive nuances that make up this entire approach. Once you have these components in play, you can start to take your tone to new places as you will soon see.