That Pusher Open String Ringing Sliding Bluesy thing

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I’m no David Kernohan but share a little thing I use probably way to much for blues riffs. It’s basically the one from Steppenwolf’s The Pusher

It’d probably still not easy to see the fingers in the video, but I have someone who can show you better.

If you have not seen Soundslice, you gotta go now. What it does is amazing– it uses a lesson from YouTube, but adds a synchronized rolling transcription of the chords and finger picking, so you can stop, slow down, and see the way the parts are played matched to the video.


The title in Soundslice is Acoustic Blues guitar lesson spice up that bluesy playing and he shows you how do to some cool stuff up and down the fretboard “On the Land of A7”.

Way way better than trying to memorize tabs seen in a store!


3 thoughts on “That Pusher Open String Ringing Sliding Bluesy thing

    Irwin DeVries said:
    February 13, 2014 at 6:41 am

    That song was one of the best ever. And you can use that little riff in a lot of different ways.

    dkernohan said:
    February 13, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I agree with Irwin – this is gold. Great lesson, Alan.

    Here’s the original Pusherman ( )

    One famous guitar player who uses a lot of open strings and moving shapes is Pete Townshend – stuff like the opening of 5.15 is very similar to this sound.( )

    Riders OF the Storm « Introduction to Guitar said:
    April 4, 2014 at 6:23 am

    […] I used the “frets” version, and once I went through it, it had a very familiar feel to The Pusher Ringy/Slidy Bluesy one I did long ago– I am guessing it is just in the minor […]

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