Watch the Neighborly online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Play in the Style of Billy Gibbons
One of my favorite ZZ Top tunes is "Neighbor Neighbor" from ZZ Top's first album called 'ZZ Top's First Album'. Although I had known this song for many years I had never taken the time to learn the rhythm guitar part of this short form blues, and boy am I glad I did. I use these ideas all the time now. We have seen Billy's love of the dissonance created by using the whole step interval between the root and b7 of the scale earlier in this course in the double-stop section. This is an underlying theme in his soloing and rhythm playing. In this example we are playing a G blues and repeating the same rhythmic pattern across all three chords in the form, much like a standard blues shuffle would. Note how we are playing the root and b7 of each chord two in unison to add a great sounding rub we get from that whole step interval. If we were to separate those notes by an octave as we see in most occasions, it would not give us the same sound. Learn this one, then try to apply it to other blues situations, you may need to change the rhythm a bit to make it fit, but the notes can work in most situations.