Watch the Pill Bug online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from 50 Country Masters Licks You MUST Know
This lick comes to us from the great Jimmy Wyble of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys. This is the opening lick from one of their more famous tunes, called "Roly Poly". It was released around 1945/46. It’s been covered by tons of different people and know as a western swing standard. The opening lick has a neo-classical element to it. It's all played using the G major scale. There is amazing guitar work throughout this entire song. It’s definitely one of those intros in classic country that you are expected to know. There are some pretty incredible lines in the tune and it showcases a very sophisticated way of playing over really common chord changes, which is a key concept at the heart of a lot of western swing music. Jimmy was a great eacher also. His students are Howard Roberts, Howard Alden, Steve Luthaker and Smokey Hormel to name a few.