The Lightnin' Hopkins Style - Page 2
by Jim Burger
The second bar uses the exact same fingering and timing as the first bar, but this time you alternate picking between the 3rd and 2nd string rather than strumming on all of them. Note that the 2nd bar of the intro is repeated in bars 3, 7 and 11 of the progression, so once you get it down you've got half of the example down!!!
In the third bar of the intro, we are simply creating tension by beating on the V note of our I-IV-V progression, i.e. B. Note the little upward strum on the open high strings at the end of the intro. Lightnin' does this little upward sweep quite often throughout his songs, which generally sounds pretty good as long as you're playing in the key of E. The third bar is also repeated in bar 12 of the progression.
We will not review bars 3-4, 7-8 and 11-12 of the example again. These bars use the second bar of the intro, followed either by the low B as shown here in bar 3 or by a plunking on the high 2 strings of an E7 chord like this: cho|x|x|x|x|3|0|E7 top 2 strings|cho