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Watch the B's Boogie: Solo online guitar lesson by Joe Deloro from Blues Rock Road Trip

As mentioned in the preceding lesson text, "B's Boogie" is based on The Yardbirds', "Jeff's Boogie." Although recorded in London in 1966 it has a strong connection to Chicago in the late 50's. In fact, it sort of picks up where "Johnny B. Goode" leaves off, so let's start there.
In December of 1957 Chuck Berry recorded "Guitar Boogie" during the same sessions as "Johnny B. Goode" with the same band as well. Likewise, both "Guitar Boogie" and "Jeff's Boogie" are instrumentals and, have enough similarities to connect them. For example, both are based on the 12 bar Blues and, the solos in both are often limited to stop-time during the first four bars of each chorus, and Beck even develops some of Berry's solo ideas further. Just listen to the original recordings; you'll make the connections. Jeff wasn't overly dependant on the Berry style though, and incorporated many other influences in his hopped-up tribute, such as the humorous Pop-Jazz of Les Paul.
All of the above is really just to underscore the Post-War fascination with and modernization of American Blues and Rock & Roll through Blues-Rock by Jeff Beck and The Yardbirds, and countless other British musicians during the mid-sixties. Since London was the apex of the British music scene during that era, it typified that atmosphere, and also served as the launching pad for the second wave of British Blues-Rock after The Rolling Stones.

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