Cameron Allen - Jimmy Herring Bending Lick

Posted Wed, Feb 4, 2015 by Levi Clay

In this short little lesson, Cameron digs into one of the trademarks North Carolina born guitar monster Jimmy Herring.

Aside from the more obvious gigs that Jimmy is known for like Widespread Panic and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jimmy also had a stint in the Allman Brothers band alongside Derek Trucks.

Over the years Derek has been more and more of an influence on Jimmy and you hear ideas reminiscent of Trucks fabulous slide playing appearing in Jimmy's phrasing. In his own words, he's "trying to make the frets disappear".

Just check out this video of his band playing a tune and you'll get what we mean!

Of course, that's what he's capable of on a fixed bridge, when you start using a tremolo, there really is nothing stopping you nailing the sound of a slide but without using one.

In this cool little lick, Cameron channels some of that Jimmy vibe with a fantastic little blues lick in A. A big part of this style is just how horizontally you play. You'll spend a lot more time running up and down one string in this style than you will going up and down scales in a position. That instantly makes playing in this style quite fresh.

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