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Watch the Slapback, Billy & Twang Guitar Guidebook online guitar lesson by BJ Baartmans from Slapback, Billy & Twang Guidebook

I've never been the person to just copy a style or riff. I wanted to know what was behind my childhood guitar heroes. And so I started listening to all these great players from many years ago; my heroes' heroes. To my ears, their licks all sounded as fresh as ever. Inventive, energetic, and daring. Easy on the ears but damn hard to play.

Before I knew it, I played in a 50's cover band, but also wrote some original songs that had a good 50's twist. It stayed with me for the rest of my musical career, even though I ended up playing quite al lot of different styles of music. So now we're in the next century and I think there's still a lot to pick up from the rock and roll days that we can use to spice up today's guitarwork. I hear it in the music of acts like The Black Keys, Jack White, Jason Isbell, Pokey Lafarge, and even Amy Winehouse. It defines a lot of what we call Americana these days. And most important, it's great fun. Thanks for joining me, and see you on the next one!