How to Play Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers by ZZ Top (Guitar Lesson)


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Allen Van Wert

Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

Allen Van Wert covers the ZZ Top classic "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers." This song was released on Tres Hombres in 1973.

Taught by Allen Van Wert in Songs With Allen seriesLength: 24:58Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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bam711711bam711711 replied on March 20th, 2015

Difficulty 2 R U serious

tweedy17tweedy17 replied on March 9th, 2013

the tabs are wrong to what is being played?

tweedy17tweedy17 replied on February 11th, 2013

nice lesson mate,i think it would be loads better if the tabs was on the video as you are playing them though

kevin.cherrykevin.cherry replied on January 9th, 2013

Allen is a great player and very knowledgeable. I do have a hard time thinking this is a 2 star difficulty, or I just really suck.

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on January 9th, 2013

It has some tricky stuff. Don't think about the star ratings as we all know they are just a general rating given early on. Everyone is different and has different skills. Just take it slow and you can get there.

lobo13lobo13 replied on November 12th, 2012

in scene #2 you say "vocal stunt there" (I think I heard you correctly) at the end of the lick? I can hear what you mean but have no idea how to make the noise. it does not seem to be a false harmonic. There is no reference on jam play or on the WWW for "vocal stunt" that has anything to do with Guitar. please advise.

kluson56kluson56 replied on August 24th, 2012

Great lesson Allen, not sure about the over the shoulder view, it should be how we see it but it just doesn't work, maybe the angle is a bit off as you can't see the fingering.

jimmi toddjimmi todd replied on August 20th, 2012

awesome! thanks!

streamlinebydezstreamlinebydez replied on April 13th, 2012

I feel that having another segment on the equipment being used and the way you dialed in your sound would be a huge asset! I might even join for lifetime if you had such an addition!

bigevybigevy replied on March 24th, 2012

The display in scene 2 bottom right corner is nearly useless. A more frontal view would be helpful!

gtownbluesgtownblues replied on March 6th, 2012

Hey Allen, nice lesson. Question - what amp type and effects are you using to get that early ZZ sound. It sounds like your running more gain than a TS to get that GOOD chunkin' going. Thanks

lex783lex783 replied on February 28th, 2012

What are the parentheses around the notes for?

firefighterfirefighter replied on January 2nd, 2012

My first time on jam play, Allen's easy manor of teaching I found was just right. Thanks again

zman1751zman1751 replied on October 25th, 2011

Great Lesson, you need to do more Classic Rock lessons for us Too To Rock & Roll but too young to die!!!

krptslayerkrptslayer replied on July 16th, 2011

Thanks for the guitar pro! Its a big help being able to slow the solos down!

meganmegan replied on April 13th, 2011

yeah, I'd really like to see tab for the solo too. this is another great place to start with the soloing stuff. yippee!

mattbrownmattbrown replied on April 15th, 2011

ok guys...updated tabs including the solo have been posted.

robabrobab replied on April 9th, 2011

What page is the tab for the solo?

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on April 9th, 2011

Looks like there are some issues with the tab and we are working to get them fixed...

robabrobab replied on April 10th, 2011

Thanks! Great lesson!!

tgil1959tgil1959 replied on April 10th, 2011

Thanks Allen, Excellent lesson! Love Billy Gibbons style of blues. What amp settings are you using? Cheers

peinutzpeinutz replied on April 9th, 2011

very nice, is really cool to have the backing track! All song lessons should have one!

robabrobab replied on April 9th, 2011

JamPlay, I love all this new lessons you are bringing to your site!! Thank you!!

mykemyke replied on April 9th, 2011

nice

rhoadsfreakrhoadsfreak replied on April 9th, 2011

Awesome lesson Allen! I look forward to whatever you have planned!

dearlpittsdearlpitts replied on April 9th, 2011

good job man thanx

tuneman55tuneman55 replied on April 8th, 2011

thumbs up on this one

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on April 8th, 2011

Thanks

chuanenchuanen replied on April 8th, 2011

nice guitar what is it?

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on April 8th, 2011

An Ibanez Jem

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Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

Allen Van Wert covers the ZZ Top classic "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers."

Length: 24:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Allen Van Wert is back once again with a look at a great rock tune. This lesson covers the song "Dead" by Buckcherry.

Length: 87:16 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

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Allen Van Wert provides another great rock tune for his song lesson series! This time, he takes a look at the Buckcherry tune "It's A Party"!

Length: 55:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Home

Allen Van Wert returns to his songs series with a metal tune from the band Three Days Grace. "Home" is a hard hitting song, with a lot heavy tones going on. Crank up the distortion on this one!

Length: 22:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

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Length: 30:08 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Length: 20:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

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Allen Van Wert continues his song learning series with a 2000's pop rock anthem from venerable rockers "Fallout Boy!" Dance Dance is a complex rhythmic tune with lots of overdubbing and driving guitars!

Length: 17:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

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Continuing with his look at modern pop rock songs, Allen brings a lesson on Fall Out Boy's "Where's Your Boy Tonight". This tune has layered guitars in multiple tunings.

Length: 30:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Face to the Floor

Allen is back to his song series with a heavier tune. In this lesson, you'll learn "Face to the Floor" by modern metal band Chevelle.

Length: 14:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

The Red

Allen is back again with a look at another song from modern rockers Chevelle. In lesson 21, he covers the popular hit "The Red".

Length: 15:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Allen Van Wert View Full Biography Allen Van Wert got the nickname "ROBOT" from his unusual guitar tapping techniques that often sound like a video game more than a guitar. He has studied and played a wide variety of genres. His experimental and eclectic amalgamation of music combining shred guitar, crazy tapping techniques, and electronically infused composition contrasted by a highly emotional soft melodic side, make his debut album a really fun and interesting listen for just about anyone.

Allen has recorded guitar for the famed video game soundtrack composer Jesper Kyd (Composer of Hitman, Splinter Cell and many other big title games) as well as composing and recording for movie trailers and TV commercials. He has also been producing, recording and co-writing for local artists in his small home/project studio.

His three books on guitar technique, ear training and songwriting have helped many students over the past couple of years. Allen has also played in various cover bands in many genres since the age of 16 and has played to over 5000 on a few occasions. He was a featured guest musician on the album "West Coast Shred Fest".

In his spare time, Allen programs video games for fun. Wooo!

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