A true lion of Mississippi hill-country blues continues paving his family’s legacy with a no-nonsense setup.

Cedric Burnside was born into a family with deep roots in the blues music of the Mississippi delta. Burnside spent 30 years as a professional drummer (often behind his grandfather R. L. Burnside) before moving to guitar. He has earned two Grammy nominations and has won accolades both for his drumming and guitar playing.


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Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Demonstrate a variety of drone guitar techniques and approaches.
  • Examine drone points of reference from an array of genres.
  • Learn how to use standard, drop D, and uncommon alternate tunings in drone contexts.

Playing a melody or solo with a “drone” means playing over just one note or, in some instances, one chord. Besides playing without any harmonic accompaniment, it is about as simple a concept as one can image, which also means the possibilities are endless. We’ll look at ways to use drones in a variety of contexts, from ancient to contemporary, blues to metal, traditional to experimental.

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The latest in EHX's 9 Series is designed to turn guitar tone into a string ensemble synthesizer.

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