This lick from ZZ Top’s ‘La Grange’ is typical of Billy Gibbons’ ‘power blues’ style licks. Most of Billy Gibbons’ licks and solos are based on, and this one is using the C minor pentatonic scale in shape 1 played around the 8th fret.
Notice the bluesy double stop phrase at the start of the lick. You can play this with a pick or if you prefer you can use ‘hybrid picking’. This is when you use the pick and a finger or fingers to sound the notes. Let the notes ring together for that strong blues flavour so present in most Billy Gibbons’ licks!
The lick then moves down into the sliding scale shape for some growling blues slides on the low strings! Check out ZZ Top’s ‘La Grange’ to hear this lick and plenty more awesome Billy Gibbons licks!