How To Play Sharp Dressed Man On Guitar - Riff Ninja

How To Play Sharp Dressed Man On Guitar

Sharp Dressed Man is one of those classic blues rock songs that a lot of people really like playing on the guitar.

Sharp Dressed Man was originally performed by Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top.

The intro riff is one of those catchy signature riffs that are actually fairly easy to play. It’s basically using a few different fourths out of the C pentatonic minor scale. You play these fourths as doublestops (also called diads sometimes). The basic idea is that you’re hitting two strings (and ONLY two) at the same time. Be careful, if you hit more than these strings it is going to sound muddy.

Sharp Dressed Man Intro Riff

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The song is in the key of C major, using the chords of C, F and G. Here’s a short video explaining the riff that leads into the chords, and the rhythm. Sometimes the chords aren’t played as full chords, but just as power chords or even as perfect fifth intervals (just the I and the V).

Sharp Dressed Man Guitar Chords

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If you want to solo over Sharp Dressed Man, then you should use the C pentatonic minor scale.

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mr wurm Reply

colin, i gotta say your just crazy enough to say Come on over, “I’m lonely”
but heh, when you play as a pro you should have the confidence of a pro.
keep up the professionalism, it’s a good clean immage.
by the way, we hav’nt been seeing your partner/ student Jonathon lately, or is he running the cam?

James Wengert Reply

Hey Colin, Thanks for your style of teaching I’v checked in to alot of on line guitar players teaching guitar and some are very good.But you have brought a NEW LIGHT to the field.
I like your stright forward way the get down with bussiness kind of style and your humor is great also.
So thanks for all the great guitar information.
Your New Student, Jimyriff
(James Wengert (

Mirza Reply

Wonderfull maestro!!!

Tim Reply

Thank you so much. Much easier than I thought it was.. Love your lessons!

Daniel Reply

Colin you surely do de-mistify it
Thanks, bro

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