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La Grange - How to Play La Grange by ZZ Top on Guitar

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Uploaded on Aug 31, 2010

La Grange by ZZ Top taught on the guitar with this FREE online video lesson by Joe Wiles. To learn the rest of this song go to http://goo.gl/Z0FTj

La Grange begins with a classic blues boogie riff in the style of John Lee Hooker's Boogie Chillun, Slim Harpo's Shake Your Hips, and Canned Heat's Shake and Boogie. It's an often-copied guitar style which has made it's way to Van Halen's Hot for Teacher among others. The riff is one of the classic riffs in rock n' roll and has made its way onto numerous lists including Q Magazine's 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks in 2005. Its success led it onto Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock soundtrack which reintroduced the song to a whole new generation of wanna be guitarists.

La Grange was written about a notorious brothel outside of La Grange, Texas called The Chicken Ranch which was the subject of a Broadway musical in 1978 called The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which was later adapted to film 1982.

The riff begins with an open A5 power chord, playing the second fret of the D and the G on upbeats and plucking the open A string on some of the downbeats. The guitar part then moves up to the fifth fret of the D and G, while maintaining the open A. This is an A minor seventh chord without the 5th (Am7no5). To finish the riff off, the fifth frets are pulled off to reveal the 2nd fret again before it loops.

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