Watch the Johnny Winter Style: Open A online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slide Guitar Power
Johnny's incredible style is known for its tremendous aggressive sound attack, and I begin this example with a high A root note on the high A string and follow immediately with quick, flashy repeated pull-offs to open strings. I then move to a repeated lick on the G string that was heard, as played on the high E string, in the "Highway 61 Revisited" example; this lick actually finds its roots in Muddy Water's early slide guitar work. Throughout this example, notice how clearly defined Johnny's improvised melodies are. They are difficult to crank up to his tempo, but once you have them down, you've made great inroads into his slide guitar vocabulary.