Watch the Pinch-tastic online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Play in the Style of Billy Gibbons
Pinch harmonics ring out best when using the bridge pick up on the guitar and really scream when you have a good amount of overdrive. On this lick apart from the whole use of pinch harmonics, I love this descending triplet feel. The trick to playing that correctly is to think about playing a little behind the beat. I almost think of it as if I am falling backwards a little bit leading up to my down beat. I hope that makes sense, or does it make me sound crazy? As I mentioned earlier, it is part of that creative visualization I like to use when channeling a player or thinking about a particular rhythm such as this. Billy is so good at playing behind the beat and I can't express enough how important it is to get that feel together. It is very hard to discuss in text like this but when learning the lick, or listening to a ZZ Top tone for example, pay close attention to where his notes lay on the beat. For that matter, pay attention to where the whole band sits on the beat. Everything is very laid-back and relaxed. Yet completely in time. That my friends, is an art.