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

Up next is Shackman, a riff that features a new set of techniques discussed in the Basics portion of the course as well as some found in Pogo Stick. The story behind Shackman and some of the upcoming riffs is one that finds me in the hot seat when I was writing (among many other items) the Lesson Lab pieces for Guitar One magazine. For the April 2006 issue I wrote a piece called ‘Slap! Punch! Pop!’ that featured many of the concepts in this course albeit they were not as developed. Given that fact, I got on the horn and the computer to search out like-minded players to gather up more ideas to include in the article. In my quest I found one the greats of straight up slap guitar, Scotty Mishoe of Shrapnel Records fame in the shred-irific 80’s. From the exchange of ideas and his very homegrown instructional video (on VHS!) I came up with Shackman. The 16th-note triplet rolls, the pivoting low to high notes with a chord form, and the idea of thumb mutes are Scotty all the way. Another player that contributed some great ideas to the piece was Tomo Fujita, a great player in his own right and fellow Berklee professor. On my downtime I would always sneak around the corner to check out what Tomo was up to and in those hangs I got turned onto the finger smack technique.

Tomo Fujita