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In this “Famous Riffs” video guitar lesson we will learn the opening riff to ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man”.
This Sharp Dressed Man guitar lesson shouldn’t present much of a challenge to most players.
The main part of the riff uses a couple of double stops that require some quick fret-hand muting but it is still rather simple to play.
The main difficulty will be the thumb bass notes and keep the groove going while picking between the thumb bass notes and the double stops.
If you aren’t used to using your thumb on the 6th string to finger bass notes I think this riff is a great place to stat learning the technique.
It’s really all about your fret-hand wrist when trying to master those thumb bass notes. Simply bend your wrist up slightly (towards your face) and that will put your thumb in a position over the top of the fretboard that will make it much easier to play notes on the 6th string with your thumb.
Have fun tackling this Billy Gibbons classic! Carl..