HowZZ does they do thats!

Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 9:48 PM By: mudsharkable

I've been playing guitar for nearly 50 years and have seen lot's of players come and go over the years. Early on I got wind of this kid from Texas called Billy Gibbons and his band called ZZTop, I started to figure out his stuff with the release of Francene back in 1973 I think. That guy played remarkably well and his licks were somewhat difficult to emulate dead on. Oh yeah you could come close but the fine points of his style are difficult to master. Even today I still sit down and figure out his parts as best I can. Many would say I do a solid dead ringer BFG but I know the cracks in my plaster even if others don't seem to notice much. His finger control is unique and I have not heard any other guitarist do his special slow finger vibrato and hand transitions. I keep working on it for god knows what reason, but I have some fun trying. With the release of Texicali I have been given a new batch of ZZ songs to figure out, these tunes are great and still a bit challenging to master. Here's a snippet of me figuring out their new hip hop inspired song 25 Lighters and their previously leaked Flyin High:

New ZZ -- Figuring out 25 Lighters
New ZZ -- Figuring out Flyin High

They're not perfect yet but I'm working on it.

  1. ZZ_Loco avatar

    u go bro :)

  2. jbgoode avatar

    I agree, I prefer to go with my ear and my instincts, capture the groove with my own technique and feel, capture the signiture riff, and let it roll!! I believe that if you listen with a passion and a desire in your heart then the music becomes part of you. Emulate not replicate i say.

  3. jbgoode avatar

    Yeah, with you on that. I don't go for exact note for note on solos etc, I got my groove and my own feel, coz we all individual players, emulate not replicate i say, Just spread the *Good News*
    keep rockin

  4. mudsharkable avatar

    Yeah, I don't trust tabs one bit, they are always wrong in some way. Even these two videos I just put up are wrong, I play them both differently now because of some careful and critical listening, that, plus watching BFG play them live. There's some subtle but significant differences that make or break the parts.

    I use 10's on my guitar, I used to use hybrid 8's (heavy low 3 and light top 3) a long time ago but switched to 10s to stop getting poked fun at by some of my fellow guitarists for using such wimpy strings. I can only imagine how tough playing with 7's is as BFG does. At least with 10's I don't break them like clockwork anymore.

  5. Craigo avatar

    Agree. It's much more fun trying to work the licks out than getting Tabs from the net. Improves the ear too!!! I'm not sure how Billy does it. His strings are so thin and his picks are so heavy. If I played his rig, I reckon there'd be broken strings everywhere!!

  6. TWINREBZZ avatar

    Man I wish I could do that!! Great job!

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