Guitar Lesson: Western Swing Rhythm Essentials

BY WHIT SMITH with ADAM PERLMUTTER Western swing has certainly been an outlet for virtuosic expression on the guitar—like Karl Farr’s sophisticated, jazzy approach and Eldon Shamblin’s athletic single-note solos. But in the genre’s first decades, the 1930s and ’40s, the acoustic guitar was used primarily to deliver rock-solid rhythmic accompaniment, with nothing too ornate … Continue reading Guitar Lesson: Western Swing Rhythm Essentials