ZZ Top – 5 cool classic riffs

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(Decided yo make this a Saturday bonus video so here we go – have a great weekend!)

Well, here’s something I’ve haven’t done before – some cool riffs from a classic band, ZZ Top. I’m not near Billy Gibbons but he has been one of my favourite guitar slingers for many a years. To me this is useful little exercise, as I have found that every time you oick out something from another guitarist you learn something new that didn’t know before. And it’s fun. (And no, I don’t play’em perfectly – it’s only rock and roll…)

I am not saying this is the best riffs or songs from ZZ Top but I tried to find five riffs that people haven’t heard ad nauseam. Also in the video I don’t spend any time motivating why so here’s a short run through of that, if anyone’s interested:

Shiek (Tres Hombres, 26 July 1973)
Just a groovy, funny song that kinda catched me the first I heard it. As many times the lyrics are kinda droll… “I met a Sheik from Mozambique”.

Just Got Paid (Rio Grande Mud, 4 April 1972)
Good drive with a great riff, I’ve played this live several times and it’s just one of those songs that are fun to play. “I was born my papa’s son,
When I hit the ground I was on the run”

Down Brownie (Rio Grande Mud, 4 April 1972)
Not a song that I have listened alot to but the riff kinda stuck when I decided to make this video. “Gonta drive on a flatbed trailer truck,
Down on highway fifty-nine”

Heard it on the X (Fandango!, 18 April 1975)
Another ZZ Top classic that just hit home with that first marking and then that driving riff. “Country Jesus, hillbilly blues,
That’s where I learned my licks”

Waitin’ for the bus (Tres Hombres, 26 July 1973)
A song I never grow tired of, from the opening with those perfect drum fills and the groove that just swings! “Well, I’ll be ridin’ on the bus till I Cadillac”

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Video index:
00:24 – Shiek
01:04 – Just Got Paid
01:51 – Down Brownie
02:08 – Waitin’ for the bus
02:35 – Heard it on the X
03:04 – End words

Equipment used:
Harley Benton TE70 Black Paisley (Fender Texas Specials)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)
Gibson Les Paul Standard ’76
G&L Asat Z3 (Z-coils)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Profile packs used in this video
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Shiek – ToneJunkie Tweed Twin Lowman

Just Got Paid – SinMix Mars JMP

Down Brownie – ReampZone Orange TH30 Mod

Waitin for the Bus – Live Ready Sound Fried Chicken

Heard it on the X – Deadlight Studios Piwi Perspective

Kemper Profling Amp

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Nothin’ To Lose by KISS (Guitar and Bass Lesson)

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Here’s a lesson on how to play the song Nothin’ To Lose by KISS – it covers rhythm and lead guitar and bass! Nothin’ To Lose was written by Gene Simmons and released on the first album KISS, released 18th of Febuary 1974.

This song was the first single released by KISS (B-side was Love Theme from KISS), vocals performed by Gene Simmons and Peter Criss. Besides that it’s one of the few times a non-member of the band has has been listed as a playing musician, namely Bruce Foster on piano and additional guitar. Nothin To Lose was also later released as B-side to the single Kissin’ Time.

I’ve based this lesson on the Alive! version of Nothin To Lose, the difference is not major – mainly that last part of the solo. The drums comes from a midifile I found online, it mentions “Enzo” as the author so cudos to him. I stripped the midi file and used XLN Audio Addictive Drums II and also edited the midi drums here and there. All guitars and bass on the track is recorded by me.

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Video index:
00:23 – Snippet of my Nothin’ To Lose recording
01:27 – Rhythm guitar lesson
05:02 – My take of the Nothin’ To Lose solo
05:31 – Lead guitar lesson
06:20 – Bass lesson
08:47 – Ending (blah blah blah!)

Equipment used:
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Gibson Les Paul Standard ’76
Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV Pro (Gibson TB Plus)
Kemper Profiling Amp

KISS – Nothin To Lose (studio version)

KISS – Nothin’ To Lose (Alive! version)

Rhythm guitars are recorded with profiles from Live Ready Sounds Kemper profile pack Plexed for Kemper

Lead Guitar are recorded with a profile from ReampZones Kemper profile pack Marshall JMP Super Lead (1976)

Bass guitar is recorded with a Kemper factory profile, Brass Diver BM.

XLN Audio Addictive Drums II

Kemper Profling Amp

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