Watch the B's Boogie: Rhythm online guitar lesson by Joe Deloro from Blues Rock Road Trip
Fast boogies are a fun ride, both for players and listeners alike (think; La Grange by ZZ Top, Eric Johnson, Zap, etc.)
So what's a boogie? Well rhythmically, boogies are regional and related to their good cousins, shuffle and swing. That is, boogies are based on deriving their primary rhythm from triplets (2/3 thirds-1 third: "1-let, etc.") instead of the usual, even eighth notes (1/2 and 1/2: "1-and, etc.") Pitch-wise, boogies are often primarily based on a single chord (think; Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker, or On The Road Again Canned Heat). But, never say never, chord changes are cool, too (think; One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer by John Lee Hooker.)
B's Boogie looks back to the basics of a Jeff Beck up-tempo classic, Jeff's Boogie (The Yardbirds, Roger The Engineer, 1966). Here's why.
Besides being up-tempo, the rhythm part of this instrumental is based on dominant 9th chords rooted on the 5th string. So what again? Well, generally speaking, 9th chords are the usual suspects in slow tempo blues tunes like T-Bone Walker's, Stormy Monday, and moderate tempo funk-fests like James Brown's, "Lickin' Stick". Here with B's Boogie, things are different, it's all up-tempo 9ths for the first ten bars, and then there's a traditional turnaround based on G7 to D7. Beyond that, the 1st chorus theme and following solos avoid predictability because they're only 1 phrase long (4 bars, instead of 12). And, they constantly switch between minor and major tonalities (with various chromatic neighbors dropping by). Beyond that, be sure to check out the JB original, it takes the solos out farther, and even connects with the good vibes of the Wizard of Wakesha, Les Paul.