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  1. Georg Engelbretson

    Why not turn the workshop into a jam?

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  2. Hi Justin.
    Love your style and teaching videos,
    I have a fender guitar and play lead guitar ,and read tab Music a little bit of theory and play Chords.,
    I have just brought a 3 string box Guitar.and was wondering Would a four string be better for me, instead of the 3 string ,as i feel playing notes on frets and using slide would be better for me .
    I have a feel for the blues style, and was wondering what DVD would be better for me .
    Is the 4 string easier to play or the 3 string.

    Looking forward to hear from you soon ,

    Ron
    Melbourne

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  3. sheri lee prom

    Much love and success justin

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  4. Justin you are a Great musician I love the Blues and other then B.B. King you are one of the Best I’ve seen so far.

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    • DEAR JUSTIN
      YOU ARE A MASTER OF GUITARS.!
      I LOVE ALL YOU PRESENT ON YOU TUPE CHANNEL.
      I AM A BEGINNER NOW….
      BECAUSE I AM A MIME/ACTING ARTIST WITH DEAF IN SPECIAL EDU….TEACHING/PERFORMING.
      http://www.mime-maria.de

      BUT FOR MY HOBBY I JUST LOVE TO IMPROVE MY GUITAR LESSONS.
      WOULD LIKE TO PLAY ON ALL YOUR FANCY GUITARS….YOU OPEN UP FROM BOXES & PLAY IT LIKE YOU PRACTISED A 100 Y…ALREADY!
      AMAZING& FANTASTIC !
      LOVE IT !
      THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR TALENTS WITH ME… I AM A HUMBLE BEGINNER & AN
      “ELVIS FAN” !
      FROM MARY 💓🎸💓

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  5. Very cool Justin. much love from Kentucky Hope to meet ya on the road

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  6. I was always told I could never play my fingers was too short lol

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  7. Thank you so much! I am 76 yrs. old and am just learning the 4 string so when I get old, I will have something nice to do!

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  8. When will your one string diddley bow instructional dvd be avaiable again?
    I buily myself one following the Blind Kiwi video instructions – awesome.
    Would now love to be able to play it.
    Thank you.

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    • Hi Sue, I expect to make the One-String Diddley Bow instruction available as a digital download within the next month or so. I will make a post here when that’s available, so if you’re subscribed to the blog here on Roots Music School, you’ll get the notice when that is available. Thanks!

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  9. Dominic Skerry.

    Hi Justin,

    First, thank you for the instructional videos you have done which got my attention, enthusiasm and then started. I couldn’t find the shipping cost to UK for the shovel guitar anywhere on the site, how much would it be please and a little request please, would you consider doing an online video lesson breaking down how to play the ace of spades please.

    Thanks again for all your instructional videos, I would never have got started without them

    All best wishes,

    Dominic.

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    • Hi Dominic, International Shipping/Handling/Insurance on a Shovel Guitar from the US to the U.K. is a flat rate of $100, which is added at checkout when you order the guitar at http://www.justinjohnsonlive.com/shovel-guitar.html
      As far as the Ace of Spades tutorials, If you’re interested in specific instruction on a specific song that’s not in the tutorials I’ve put out, you can always reach out by email (justin@justinjohnsonlive.com). When I’m not on tour or in the middle of a recording project, I often offer Skype lessons.
      Thanks!
      Justin Johnson

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  10. Dutch Wigman

    Have you ever made a tab for a 3-string guitar of, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps? I enjoyed your “Sleepwalk”.

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  11. Justin, thank you for all you’ve done to bring cigar box instruments to the people. You’ve taught me so much in such a short time, and re-awoke a love of music in me.
    Question, the Diddley Bow instructional DVD is sold out on your store, will you be getting more in?

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  12. Hello Justin was just looking around the store was just wondering if your going to ever have 3 and 4 string CBG for sale any time?

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    • Hi Don, I am currently building a limited run of 3-String and 4-String guitars. The guitars have Justin Johnson Signature Engraved Headstocks, Justin Johnson Signature Humbucker Pickups, and I personally set the string height, intonation, and electronics to my personal specs. I also autograph them. Email me at justin@justinjohnsonlive.com if you’re interested. Thanks!

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  13. I’m absolutely in love with your music — so much so that I bought a kit to make a 3-string guitar. I’m so excited — but a bit nervous too! Looking forward to learning the 3 string. And hey, I listen to so much of your music. Thank you. 🙂

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  14. Wondering where you learned to play guitar.

    Mike

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  15. Hi,
    Any chance that your instructional videos will be available online rather than DVD? I hope so.

    Thanks for what you do, love the music.

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  16. Hi Justin. I have been following you for about a year now. Your love of craft shows and your zeal to promote Root and Blue is infectious. Thank you.

    My question concerns the usual when one falls in love with the Blue and the rest. I have recently purchased a gently used Gretsch semi-hollow body. However, at 59, my hand are not that nimble. I realize that learning to master the fret board will be a greater challenge. And so I was especially encouraged to read your suggestions that one should begin learning on either a 3- or 4-string guitar to find more enjoyment and success during this lifelong journey. I will probably follow with a 3-strung 4-string cigar box.

    Thus my questions. Having put the cart before the horse with the Gretsch can the bottom 3 or 4 strings on a 6-string be tuned and played in a similar manner, e.g., G-D-G-B or is this problematic given their higher register?

    Also, what are your thoughts on supplemental resources such as the Carl Fischer’s Guitar Grimoire – The Fingerpicking Book and Progressions & Improvisation. Or are these books a likely hindrance to your instructional series at this time and I would be better served with their purchase later when I am further along in my learning.

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    • Hey,
      I’m glad to hear that you are digging’ Blues and Roots music, and I would definitely encourage you to experiment with different string and tuning options as you are getting to know the different techniques. If you would like to remove some strings from your Gretch to simulate a 3-string or 4-string I would leave the A-D-G strings on for the 3-string, and the A-D-G-B strings on for the 4-string. Make sure you keep the strings in the original string slots (on the nut). These nut slots are cut to fit the relative size of each string, and you want to keep that consistent. One downside to playing the 6-string with less strings is that you have a lot of extra fretboard space that is not being used, so it’s easy to fret out if you are playing the slide, and it’s a little unnatural feeling to play at first.
      I cannot personally vouch for either of those books you mentioned, since I haven’t seen them or used them, but I really like the Hal Leonard books I have seen, especially the ones for beginner theory and Jazz.

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      • Justin, thank you for the timely response. I will get some of Hal Leonard’s works for guitar. I have decided to follow your more beneficial advice to stick with a 3-strung 4-string and leave the Gretsch as is. I’ll be getting two 3-string kits for my grandsons too and make some memories. Hopefully, we can give them the life long gift of music appreciation for Blue and Roots.

        Peace.

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  17. do you have continued courses on fingerpicking from beginner to advanced

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  18. Love playing along with u guys on the cajon. really able to up my game tnx JD

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  19. Love your work Justin, I’m 68 and would like to see more one string Diddly Bow blues tabs please

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  20. I was wondering if you had more Tabs for the Diddly bow

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  21. Donnie Medows

    I don’t have much data for digital. Are your lessons available on dvd?

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  22. Donnie Medows

    I don’t have much data for digital. Are your lessons available on dvd?

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  23. Bonjour,
    Merci pour ces bons moments de musique.
    Je vous écoute tres souvent, et à chaque fois c’est du plaisir.
    Merci encore.
    Bonne continuation.
    Bien cordialement.
    Un admirateur.
    Philippe.
    France.

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  24. Thanks for post this informative. I’m a long time reader
    but ive never commented till now.

    Thanks again for the awesome post.

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  25. Can I do this with a 7 string James dean “Vendetta” guitar?

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  26. Justin,
    You already know that you cruise on that finboard man!Just want to let you know I dig what you do Bluesman!I’d love to jam with you sometime!Rocket & Roll…it!

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  27. You are one VERY talented bad ass guitar player!! I look forward to seeing what tune you post next … you make my mind travel. 😉

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  28. hello
    i saw you using a roland cube in some videos. can you show a cube setup for showel guitar?

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  29. Richard Mallows

    Hi Justin, I’m really looking forward to getting Bootleg Series Vol 1. My question is can I get a full download of these anywhere? I just love them.

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  30. If you’ve pledged to the Kickstarter, You will receive the full “Bootleg Series: Volume 1” album in Digital Download format as soon as the Kickstarter ends and the tracks are all mastered. At this point, we only plan to release that particular album in digital download format. Thanks again for your support of the music! We appreciate it!

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    • Richard Mallows

      I have indeed pledged to the Kickstarter, I thought when you described the Bootleg Series: Volume 1 as an EP it may be shortened versions of the tunes. If they are full length I shall be over the moon. Peace and love and a Happy Christmas to you and yours.

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  31. Ah! I actually wrote that wrong. They are all full length songs, and will make up a full-length album. I apologize for the confusion! Peace & Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!

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  32. You’re the best! I feel I’ve been waiting for you my whole life! Been playing guitar since I was a boy, and now I can really begin to play! You’ve given me a new and awesome perspective. Thanks!

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  33. I am a beginner with damaged hands but I still love to play. When I feel sorry for myself I listen to Django. Do you have beginners courses? Maybe some exercises that can build up my hands. I just love your playing, so calm and relaxed.

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    • Django is one of my favorites, and he is such an inspiration for anyone who feels like an injury is holding them back from playing great guitar. I’ll bet you would get a lot from my Fingerpicking Foundations video course. It focuses on introductory fingerpicking patterns, and how to apply them musically. Also, you might also like the 3-string guitar, or my Signature 3-string shovel guitar. The fact that they have less strings makes them much more accessible, and easy to play, for people with limited dexterity. I have a lot of instruction on how to play slide and fretted guitar on the 3-string. All of my instruction can be found at http://www.justinjohnsonstore.com. Thanks!

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  34. David Martin the white rabbit

    Music class today, wish I’d New earlier?! TWR 🐰

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  35. Jerome John Mouton

    I have loved playing the guitar, and would pluck a string on anything. I have no skill just obsessed with the sound and I will never give up. Thank you for showing me what a skilled guitarist/inventor/welder/composer is capable of. It is a real thing of beauty. Also, my wife loves your Jack Daniels Guitar. (LoL) She said ,“if you had one like that I would encourage you to play, just so I can stare at that guitar. ”
    Keep safe, and keep rocking.
    Thank you.

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  36. All always great music and trying to learn this style. Does your cd collection come with a chord or scale chart to help out? I am trying to go from taking music photos to playing.

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    • Hi! The eBook, “Comprehensive Reference of Scales and Chords for the 3-String and 4-String Guitar” does come with hundreds of chord shapes. Most of the Video Courses/DVDs, come with tablature to help give you a visual aid to understanding the instruction.

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  37. Hey Justin,

    I was in disbelief when I seen the 3 string shovel video. I am interested in learning. I’m def a beginner. I think finger style is something incredible. One instrument and it sounds like you have multiple people plying with you. I;m interested in buying your lessons. Are they available online or do I need to buy a DVD player. Also and more importantly will I be able to learn playing guitar through in a structured way or is this just going to be good to learn these songs. I learn to play songs from youtube videos but thats all Im good for, I cant say I could sit down with people and play along as they are playing which sucks. Not sure how to tackle that. thx

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    • Hi, thanks for your interest in the lessons! Yes, they are available via digital download or on DVD, so you have the option. The digital version is less expensive, and you can get them immediately. The lessons in the video courses go into a lot of detail about, not just what to play, but HOW to play the songs featured in the lessons. The teaching style is very detailed, so that you can understand the finer points of the playing style.

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  38. Hi Justin,

    I’ve purchased both finger style guitar instructional. I just have an acoustic currently. I’ve been wanting to purchase an electric guitar and had the Ibanez sa260fm and a line 6 spider jam amp years ago. Unfortunately they sat around mostly and collected dust and looked like an art accessory around the house. I like the style music you play, kind of bluesy. But I also like classic rock. Would you recommend anything for a guitar or amp, noticed you said you played on a roland. I am not one who thinks the more expensive the better ill sound haha. I’d like to spnd no more than $500 on each the electric guitar and amp, maybe modeling amp. Any thoughts/recommendations? Thx

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    • Hey! Yeah, he Cube amp series from Roland is a great, versatile, and rugged option, as long as you don’t need to play really loud. They will give you a lot of tones, and amp styles to choose from in a small package. Also, I use a lot of smaller portable amps from NUX fx, which are similar to Roland’s Cube amps, but more affordable, so you could save some money there, and put more into the guitar. Cort and Hofner make some good guitars that fall into the “less than $500” category. While most 6-string electric guitars in that price range might have some corners cut on them, you are pretty safe with those two brands.

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  39. Hi need a little help, three string guitar, what string are use and you tune them in what key. Thanks,
    I follow you in YouTube and Spotify

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  40. I love your playing style, and plan to order some of your DVDs (I prefer them to the download format). On your 12-string teaser video, you mention “tuning down a step.” My thumb joints are just about shot, and barre chords are agony. Does tuning down a step reduce string tension, and make playing easier on the thumbs? I sing when I play guitar, so would either have to transpose and relearn songs, or use a capo, which seems to knock the 12-string out of tune (tried two 12-string capos). Other than “switch to a 4-string guitar,” which I may try one day, do you have any insight for me? Also, any lessons on DVD geared towards the 12-string? (your site says the one 12-string DVD is out of stock). One last long-winded thing…I can’t place your accent. WV, NC, or? Very faint twang. Do you sing, or strictly play instrumental?

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    • Tuning down always reduces the tension on the strings and makes then easier to fret, but it also does make them somewhat easier to pick if the high tension is hurting your picking thumb. If you tune down and want to sing in the original key, then the capo is definitely the answer. As far as tuning with a capo… put the capo on first, and then tuned the guitar so it is tuned with the capo. Also, when tuning with the capo, always tune UP to the note, this helps prevent tension from building up in the string.

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  41. Francisco Rojas

    ready to learn slide! purchased foundations and intermediate slide!

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  42. Do you have a cd with hootchie cootchie on it I love the way you play this thank you

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  43. Alexander Rebel1

    need help promoting and making videos people are stealing my music and identity . Firebaugh ca 93622
    im literally going through a Nightmare. ask people n my hometown . i can play the guitarar n harmonica . plz help Thanx man bte LOVE UR MUSIC STYLE keep Rockin!

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  44. Rolf in Norway

    Hi, and thank you for the music! One song that I would like to hear played in a fullblown electric slide-version is Dominique by the Flying, no Singing Nun, Tumtatumtatumtatumta tumtatumtatumtatum oaooo-aooo-oo-oo…. If anyone got the skills it’s gotta be you! After all the Nun prevented the Kingsmen’s Louie Louie to hit the No 1 spot of the Hot 100 in Europe in 1963!

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  45. My favorite artist and band has always been
    Ronnie Van Zant and Lynyrd Skynyrd
    And you’re my new favorite artist
    You’re awesome Justin Johnson
    ❣️🎶🦅🎶❣️
    I’ve really enjoyed watching your videos
    Keep Rock’n Always
    You’re music Sis ,
    Tina D

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  46. L O V E the whiskey barrel guitar!! It’s sexier than it sounds,,, & it sounds A W E S O M E!!!!!

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  47. i’m 76 years old, handicapped and apparently lead a sheltered life. l was watching you play on youtube and noticed your thumb pick. I had thought about this for some time but hadn’t came up with anything. Thanks!

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