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Justin Johnson Signature Thumb Picks – NOW AVAILABLE!

The Justin Johnson Signature thumb pick is based around a specially designed flat pick, so you can fully employ all of the techniques associated with flat picking, and use your pre-existing musical memory relating to flat picking methods.  This pick is attached to a specially designed adjustable strap, that securely and comfortably holds the flat pick against your finger, so you can ALSO use the full range of thumb-picking and fingerpicking techniques while the pick is held securely to your thumb.  

This velcro strap is easy to adjust, so that you can set the pick to naturally align with your most comfortable playing position.  Most other thumb picks can’t be aligned to YOUR position, so you have to alter your technique and muscle memory to work with the pick.  The Justin Johnson Signature Thumb Pick makes learning to use a thumb pick very easy, natural, and intuitive.  

The Justin Johnson Signature Thumb Picks come in two thickness gauges:

HEAVY GAUGE (1.0mm): The Thick Gauge picks are more rigid, and are designed to perform better with acoustic guitars and guitars with heavier gauge string sets.

MEDIUM GAUGE (0.80mm): The Medium Gauge picks are designed to have a subtle “give” when plucked.  This makes them better when used with electric guitars, guitars set up with lighter gauge strings, or if you do a lot of strumming.  

The Justin Johnson Signature Thumb Pick is engineered to offer you the best qualities of both a traditional thumb pick and a traditional flat pick, so you can take full advantage of each picking style, while seamlessly and effortlessly blending between them.   

Each package of Justin Johnson Signature Thumb Picks comes with (2) pre-assembled thumb pick sets (2 picks and 2 adjustable straps).  

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Everything Capo! How, When, and Why to Use a Guitar Capo

Most guitarists are familiar with the concept of the capo, and most probably have one or two kicking around in their cases and gig bags. While the most common usage of the capo is to facilitate smooth and easy key changes while retaining the ability to fret open chords, the capo has a few hidden advantages that can really help you play better, sound better, and add complexity and versatility to your guitar technique.

Check out the video above to get the entire lesson on how, when, and why to use a guitar capo.

If you like the Kyser Capo design in this video, you can pick one up HERE.

Dialing in Blues Fingerpicking Guitar Tone

I love a screaming guitar solo as much as anyone, but some of my favorite music to listen to is that greasy, slow, electric fingerpicking blues guitar. Lightning Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, and R.L. Burnside are some of my favorites in that style.

I’ve gotten several requests to cover the song “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues,” by Skip James. It’s a perfect slow blues song to perform as a solo 6-string arrangement, since it has such a killer vocal melody and baseline.

For this recording, I chose to pick on my vintage Harmony Monterey guitar. It’s got a clean and punchy acoustic tone, which I mic’ed with a WA-47 Tube mic from Warm Audio. I also plugged the guitar into a Fender Princeton Blackface (re-issue) with the vibrato intensity cranked to 11. The old Hershey bar pickup in the Harmony is in neck position, which also contributes to the warm, full-bodied electric tone. Watch the video above, for the complete details on the gear and settings I used.

If you want to check out more of my rig-rundowns, and get a behind-the-scenes look into my recordings and videos, Subscribe to my new channel “Live form the Guitar Loft” HERE. If you have song requests or gear questions, let me know in the comments there. That channel is devoted to answering questions and requests. 

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Justin Johnson

Brand New Guitar Bundles to Save you Money and Get you Extras!

Justin Johnson has created a huge new inventory of awesome instructional material for 6-string guitar & more, so while we’re restocking the shelves with all of this awesomeness, we took the opportunity to create some killer new DISCOUNT BUNDLES to reward you with discounts & extras for showing your support!  The more you buy, the more you save & the more Freebies you get, so DIVE IN, see what’s new, fill out your wish list, & come get it! 

Get all 6 of Justin Johnson’s newly released Video Courses for 6-String Guitar on Either DVD or Digital Download & SAVE $20!
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Fingerpicking Tips To Save Years of Guitar Practice

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the techniques I used to help develop my fingerpicking style over the years.  When I was just starting to learn guitar, and through each stage of development, I would often hit walls and feel like my progress was dragging along too slowly.  Each time I progressed past one of those frustrating plateaus, it was because I learned a new technique that helped guide me in the right direction.  In the following video lesson, I will share some of those plateau-busting techniques that allowed me to develop quicker and more freely.

As you work through the exercises in this video lesson, don’t forget that practice is key.  You will only be able to easily master these techniques through repetition.  Also, make sure you follow the tips on anchoring and hand position, as they will save you hours of frustration once you incorporate them into your playing style.

Keep Pickin’!
Justin Johnson

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