Watch the Le Boogie online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Play in the Style of Billy Gibbons
We cannot discuss a Texas boogie without evoking the name John Lee Hooker, The Boogie King. I mentioned earlier that Billy is a musical historian. All we need to do is listen to John Lee Hooker's 1948 recording of "Boogie Chillen" to see where this all started. The trick to a good boogie is sitting in the pocket properly, which is much easier said than done! I know first-hand I have been both subjected to and involved in some terrible sounding boogies and I'll tell you it ain't pretty! The trick is to lay back and really accentuate the beats. Along with the ZZ Top classic "La Grange", take a look at Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips", The Rolling Stone's "Hip Shake", Canned Heat's "On the Road Again", and Magic Sam's "I Feel So Good ( I Wanna Boogie)". It has been said that John Lee Hooker's Texas boogie spawned rock 'n roll. Try to play along with the songs that I mentioned as well as ZZ Top's "La Grange" and pay close attention to the groove and the pocket.