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Watch the Stiff Upper Lip: 1 online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Guitar Cubed

What happens when you hear a riff that makes you envision a dude driving down one of those desolate desert highways in an El Camino wearing an old solid colored t-shirt with the heart-side chest pocket, but the pack of Marlboros meant for that pocket are tightly tucked away in the sleeve covering the arm that’s carelessly hangin’ out the driver side window? You get a stiff upper lip, that’s what. You know--that thing that Billy Idol does so well while Steve Stevens is delivering yet another crushing riff reminding us all good things come in small packages. Well, this next trifecta of riffs and licks is all lip, lemme tell ya.

Continuing with simplicity by keeping the chord count down to one, Stiff Upper Lip drops down to the open position as well as up to the 7th position and shifts the tonality into major with it's E7-driven Guitar 1 and 2 parts. Contained within the ricochet action with embellishments as the runaway bullets is octave separation and chopped phrasing by way of 1/8 note rests. Most importantly is the major/min or dichotomy that really rears it’s helpful head in Guitar 3. While Spy Hunter offered up a similar ying and yang, Stiff Upper Lip brings forth this notion with a bit more 'tude.