“Dust My Broom” 3-String & 4-String Lesson ~ Slide and Fretted Arrangements

In this lesson, I teach a beginner arrangement of Elmore James’s, “Dust My Broom,” for the 3-string and 4-string guitar.  While this song was originally recorded by Robert Johnson on solo acoustic guitar, it was the Elmore James version on the electric guitar that really emblazoned it onto every Blues band’s set list till the end of time!  The slide guitar riff that opens the song, and is repeated throughout James’ version, has become one of the most significant and influential slide guitar riffs in history, forever assuring his status as a true legend of the Blues.


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Posted on February 4, 2015, in 3 string, 4 string, beginner, blues, cbg, cigar box guitar, dust my broom, elmore james, how to, instruction, justin johnson, lesson, robert johnson, slide guitar and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. nice version , thanx man……” let it slide “……………dusty


  2. Excellent lesson. You are very good at this. The information is clear and you know where we are likely to have problems (i.e. barring). Nice video. Thanks


  3. Thanks for this. I used to be a young rock and roller, but since those days I’ve been around the USA some, and am now retired back in the UK. I got a new laptop and a 3 string fretless and a fretted 4 string to educate myself with. I got a couple of decent books, but already I learned more of what I need right here, thanks again.


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