Contrary to popular belief, Paul actually shouted, “The Regulars are coming out,” to hail a warning of the imminent British military offensive designed to seize the rebel’s hidden weapons and capture Adams and Hancock. 189 years later, another British invasion announcement from Ed Sullivan was greeted with much more enthusiasm from his teenage audience, “Ladies and Gentlemen — The Beatles!”
That was 50 years ago, and if you didn’t play guitar then, you darn well wanted to. If you did play — the British Invasion changed everything. British bands and their guitarists triggered a veritable Renaissance of electric guitar. The Beatles, The Yardbirds, The Who, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Spencer Davis Group, The Small Faces, The Moody Blues, The Troggs, The Zombies and so many more early British Invasion bands shaped the very foundation of rock and blues-rock guitar.
There’s no disputing that the roots of the blues and rock are planted solidly in the landscape of American music. But there’s also no denying that the British reinvigorated both genres and kept them very much alive and well for decades to come. And for that, we students of guitar have immense gratitude.
Jac Bico’s 50 British Invasion Licks You MUST Know, embraces the very essence of British-infused rock and blues. Jac takes you on a musical journey from beat guitar to jangly rhythm comping to psychedelic pop melodies all the way to those deep blues-rock licks we’re still playing today. Along the way, you’ll be treated to the fretboard innovations of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Peter Green, Keith Richards, George Harrison and many other generals of the British Invasion.
Joc’s cherry-picked collection of British Invasion licks is no walk down memory lane (although many pleasant memories will indeed be triggered during your practice sessions) — its essential vocabulary for anyone playing blues-rock or mainstream rock today. In fact, as you work through these 50 gems you might be surpassed by how many of them are quoted exactly or slightly tweaked in the music of today’s top indie rock bands.
Joc first provides a little background and insight about the lick, then performs it over a rhythm track followed by a note-by-note, move-by-move breakdown. Everything is tabbed and notated, Guitar Pro files are included as well, plus you get all of the rhythm tracks to work with on your own.
The British are coming once again! Click now and take them home with you…