Watch the One Note Billy online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Play in the Style of Billy Gibbons
I hate the cliché "sometimes one note says it all", but I must admit that it is often true. A great example of this can be found in Albert Collins' guitar playing - man, sometimes that guy would just play one note and make it work. Neil Young also does it on the awesome solo on "Cinnamon Girl", as does Pete Townsend's solo in the Who classic "I Can See for Miles". Obviously, the solo has more than one note in it, but it's essentially that G note which is the root of the scale. It really comes down to the conviction in which we play that note. I'm really diggin in on it and it brought a ring it really hard. Many of the pick attacks are right on the downbeats, by down beats I mean beats one, two, three, and four. That's when our foot when we are tapping it is on the ground, or in the down position. Shockingly, when our foot is up in the air those are the up beats! :-) I bet you didn't see that coming. The lesson on this one here is that it is often not about the quantity of notes but often about the intensity of the notes.