Watch the Stone Berry: Rhythm online guitar lesson by Joe Deloro from Blues Rock Road Trip
Keith Richards respect for the Chuck Berry guitar style is certainly no big secret. However, most of the time he and the Stones have spun it a different way. As mentioned earlier in the Very Berry Intro text, the original Johnny B. Goode groove is a hybrid of straight and shuffle feels, and works best with at least a 5-piece band. Here, with Stone Berry, we have the more routine Blues-Rock approach which is based on "straight eighths" (even eighth notes) alone, and suitable for two guitars or a full band. As with Very Berry, the Stone Berry rhythm guitar parts are primarily based on a palm muted power chord sound, although here it occasionally expands into Dominant 7ths. Also, the Stone Berry lead parts take more of a rhythmic approach (based on chord tones primarily), whereas the Very Berry solos went the melodic route. The rhythmic strategy has long been key to Keith's work with The Rolling Stones and on his own as well. This includes the Stone's covers of, Route 66, Let It Rock, and their own, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I like It), to name a few.