Watch the Scales You Should Know online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Play in the Style of Billy Gibbons

Let's take a look at the scales Billy uses primarily. It is basically one scale and that is the blues scale. More specifically mixing the major and minor blues scales. This is a common thing that we here in all blues and the rock guitarist. Really draws a wide range of influences going back to the Delta blues to BB King, buddy Guy, Albert King, Albert Collins, the usual suspects. He also speaks of his great fortune of having toured with Jimi Hendrix on his first US tour and how he and Jimi would spend time creating licks. He is also good friends with Jeff Beck who was actually the person who provided him with this first set of Marshall amplifiers as at that time they were not easy to get in the United States. Like all guitar players, Billy's tone is in his hands. When people say that we often think it is just the left hand; but the right-hand has as much to do with it as the left does.