Watch the Slick Willie online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Play in the Style of Billy Gibbons
Slick Willy is a Billy Gibbons staple that is heard in "Cheap Sunglasses", "La Grange", and others. The lick, like most of the ones here, is a little tricky due to the phrasing and slick timing. The lick is from a C minor pentatonic scale and essentially plays the same thing throughout two octaves. Fingering-wise I am using my first, second and third fingers exclusively but, as you can see in the video it can be a little tricky not to let too many notes ring out on top of each other. On that note, Billy Gibbons does not use his pinky all that much which is not unusual for many blues rock guitar players. Another important aspect is how it sits in the groove and its use of swing eighth notes. I would say this is the most difficult part of the lick, getting the timing right. The boogie groove I am playing over is basically the one used on "La Grange". I highly recommend listening to the recording and see how Billy sits into the groove himself. Use the attached background track to experiment playing over this feel using the swing eighth notes.