Watch the Imperial Strut online guitar lesson by James Hogan from 50 Jazz Rock Licks You MUST Know
Robben Ford is one of the most highly acclaimed blues, jazz and fusion players of the past 30 years. He’s worked with everyone from Miles Davis, to Joni Mitchell, to Charlie Musselwhite, to Kiss.
This lick is actually an entire phrase from Robben’s classic solo on the tune "Imperial Strut" from the Yellowjacket’s landmark self-titled album. It’s an absolutely killer lick and Robben’s solo on this track is definitely one of the high points of this great fusion record.
Since this is played at a brighter tempo, I recommend breaking this lick into 5 or more sections in order to digest Robben’s chops and phrasing and to get it under your fingers. Two beats at a time seems to work well with these 16th note groupings. Once you master a section of the solo add a new one until you’ve pieced it all together. The reward is well worth it! "