Jim Campilongo(2) - GuitarPlayer.com

Jim Campilongo(2)

“As I’m drawn to ringing dissonances, blues notes, and passing tones, I try to incorporate open strings in a melody whenever possible,” wrote cowboy jazz iconoclast Jim Campilongo this fine year.

“Against a moving line, sustaining open strings can create an eerie, beautiful effect. The behind-the-nut bends [bars 4 and 5] sound like pedal steel. They’re most comfortable on Fender-style headstocks. For better leverage, press about an inch behind the nut with your fretting hand’s 1st finger.”

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