How to solo over a two-chord vamp in the style of the Allman Brothers

Dickey Betts and Duane Allman
(Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The Allman Brothers Band created a timeless catalogue of incredible music that has inspired musicians of every genre for over 50 years. A cornerstone of the group’s groundbreaking style is the creative improvisational mastery of its two brilliant founding guitarists, Dickey Betts and Duane Allman

While sharing similar musical influences that include elements of blues, rock, country and jazz, both players have unique, immediately recognizable styles. Many aspiring guitarists over the last 50 years have benefitted immensely from listening to these two legendary musicians. 

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.