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Guitar Noise Podcast #18 – "Streets of Laredo" Part 3

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Hello to all!

Today, we’ll wrap up our work with the traditional song, “Streets of Laredo,” one that some of you may recognize from Johnny Cash’s “American Recordings IV.” We’ll pick up where we left off and then take a little side journey into modulations, which are basically temporary shifts of key, In this particular song, this means using a D major scale to create a walking bass line even though we’re in the key of G.

We’ll also take a quick look at using a “walking chord pattern” in place of a walking bass line. We’ve seen this specific pattern before in our Guitar Noise song lessons on Imagine and Babylon, so it shouldn’t be too hard for you to pick up on. And it sounds terrific.

As always, I’ll be walking you step by step through the lesson. And, as always, please let us know what you think.



  1. David Hodge
    October 13th, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

    You’re certainly welcome, Jim. Anytime you want to chat about a specific technique or idea, please feel free to post here or email me directly at [email protected]

    And take your time reviewing! That’s why the Guitar Noise Podcasts are here in the first place!


  2. Jim
    October 4th, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    Great series of lessons, David!
    Lots of new concepts and and challenges — hmm how did you do that again?
    I think I’ll be reviewing them all for a little while yet.