Jimmy Herring(6)

This just may be the happiest sounding lick ever played. “When I was in Aquarium Rescue Unit, we had a mandolin player named Matt Mundy who is one of the best musicians I’ve ever heard,” said Widespread Panic, Allman Brothers, and Other Ones veteran Jimmy Herring.

“He plays the most melodic things you can imagine. This is a traditional bluegrass melody he showed me.” (Tip: Pick the first note in the three-note pickup as an upstroke, and the strong beats will all be nailed by downstrokes.)