Watch the Inexpensive Eyewear online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Play in the Style of Billy Gibbons
"Cheap Sunglasses" has to be one of my favorite ZZ Top tunes. The groove on that tune is huge, and I never get tired of it. The vamp we are playing over is Cm7 to Bb/C and we are using the C minor blues scale. Note-wise this lick is not all that difficult. It really comes down to the swing and feel of the groove on this one. It's exceptionally important to note that we are starting on the upbeat on all of the phrases as opposed to the downbeat. This takes a little bit of getting used to but it is the key to this lick sounding correct. If you're not comfortable feeling where that upbeat is, a cool little trick is to do a down pick on the downbeat first make that a muted note then start the lick on the upbeat with a pick. If you watch the video carefully you will see this is what I'm often doing with my right hand. You also see that my right hand is moving most of the time, keeping the 16th note pulse going whether I am playing them or not. Keeping your right hand moving to the pulse of the music is an excellent way to get your groove to be tighter. As you go through this course please pay close attention to my right hand and you will notice that I am doing that quite a bit.