Watch the Ice Cream Blues online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Essentials: Blues Rock Grooves Vol. 2

First we start with a classic Jimmy Reed style blues, which to me is the most challenging part of the tune at this tempo. Keeping that alternate picking going is taxing! On "Ice Cream Man," David Lee Roth plays in open tuning where it's a little easier. Next comes the hits, so make sure you don't rush those, pay attention to the high hat keeping the time.

On the main groove, notice how my right hand keeps moving while playing the rhythm. This is where the groove lives as we've seen in many tunes in this course. Keeping that right-hand going is kind of like your built-in rhythm section and metronome. The rhythm is coming from my left hand while my right hand continues playing steady 1/8 notes. Without the constant right hand moving and grooving, very often our rhythm can end up sounding stiff or slightly out of time. This is an essential technique to get together.