Monday, June 15, 2009

How to Play Guitar Like Chuck Berry

Well, it won't happen.
And you sure won't learn it from a book.

But I just finished reading "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" by author Bruce Pegg, and as someone who has wanted to sound like Chuck Berry for about 37 years now, I had a twinge of jealousy when I read how Chuck showed his friend and band member Billy Peek how to play certain licks. "[H]e'd sit in and I would see him do a lick and I'd go, 'Man!' you know. And he'd take the time, he'd say, "Here, Billy," he'd come over and show me the lick and say, 'Here's what you do.'"

Well, no such luck for me or probably you. But if you are having trouble picking out those notes, the book "Chuck Berry" in the "Recorded Guitar Versions" (ARC Music Group, Distributed by Hal Leonard)seems to give accurate tablature and useful tips for 17 different songs.

You can check it out here:

As I say, I have wanted to sound like him for years. And I've seen lots of bad tablature. This stuff seems pretty danged good.


Anonymous said...

Dad you sound pretty darn good as it is : )
- Jade

Guitarza said...

Yeah I have played a few Chuck Berry tunes but nothing sounds like the original! Thanks for the link to the guitar book. I will definitely put that one in my guitar book library!