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online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Rhythm Guitar Greatest Hits Vol. 2

Lesson Source: Jeff McErlain's Essentials: Blues Rock Grooves 1

As I stated in the previous lesson, this groove is all about the sixteenth notes on the first half of the riff. Definitely give a listen to ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid" for the inspiration of this tune. Something that you can apply elsewhere from this is the alternate picking between the low E string and the octave on the seventh fret of the fifth string. We also have the D note on the fifth fret of the fifth string that would be the flat seven of our E chord. We'll see this kind of maneuver a number of times in this course as its pretty common fare for the guitar.

The tribute to Jake E. Lee I put in here is his faux-delay technique that I first remember seeing him do at an Ozzy Osbourne concert when I was a kid. I thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen, and still kind of feel the same way today! What I like about this technique (apart from it looking really cool on stage) is that you don't actually have to use a delay pedal. All you need to do is reach over with your right hand and tap the basic outline of the chord you just previously played. Obviously this technique is more easily viewed than explained, so watch the video then whip it out at your next gig or rehearsal and watch everybody smile. They'll pretty much forget everything else you did except for that! Isn't that always the way?