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In this tutorial you'll learn how to play the classic song "Shotgun" as made famous by Junior Walker & The All-Stars.

This song is all about making people dance, and everything that happens in the band is supporting this. This is just as true for the guitar as for all the other instruments, so for this song it's a good idea to think of yourself as being a part of the drum kit.

The whole song is based on a one-chord jam, and the part we'll be playing uses a combination of funky 16th note strumming and a lower pentatonic single note lick that locks in with the bass. In the 2nd verse he plays some really cool, bluesy fills, but other than that this song is all about fully locking in with the other instruments and playing the same part over and over again until it becomes an almost trance-like groove. This is surprisingly hard for most guitar players, but it's extremely important learn to fight the tendency to constantly change up the part, play fills or even start to solo.

We'll also talk about how to get your tone just right for this song. The song is in the key of A-flat with a funky 16th note based groove, and the quarter note equals 121 BPM. So let's get right to it!

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