"Well, it's one for the money, Two for the show,
Three to get ready, Now go, cat, go."
Back in the 1955, a gallon of gas cost 23-cents, Disneyland opened, both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were born, Rosa L Parks sets the Civil Rights Movement in motion and Carl Perkins wrote Blue Suede Shoes, which went on to become the first million-selling country song to cross over to both the rhythm & blues and pop charts. They called it country in ’55 but a year later the term ‘rockabilly’ was officially introduced by Billboard to describe what we all recognize today as the early roots of rock and roll.
"You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes."
Guitar players love Rockabilly. And what’s not to love about a genre that embraces Blues, Country, Western Swing, Boogie-Boogie, Honky-Tonk and Appalachian folk music?! Not to mention the fretboard influences we should all be thankful for from Rockabilly masters Cliff Gallup, Scotty Moore, James Burton, Eddie Cochran, Jim Heath, Gene Vincent, Charlie Feathers, Johnny Burnette, Danny Gatton, Brian Setzer, Jinx Jones, Darrel Higham, the Reverend Horton Heat and so many others.
Jason Loughlin’s 1-2-3 Rockabilly is your jet stream to this ear-pleasing and often-times challenging style of guitar. Intermediate players will be well served by Jason’s intuitive hands-on curriculum designed to introduce the student to the specific right and left-hand techniques, rhythmic feels and harmonic considerations required to play both rhythm and lead Rockabilly guitar.
1-2-3 Rockabilly is organized into three hands-on sections designed to get you up and running quickly: Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar and Repertoire.
In the first section, Jason focuses on Rockabilly rhythm guitar. You’ll learn the essential ins and outs of moveable Dominant 13th, 7th, and 9th chord forms for I, IV and V progressions. He’ll also show you three methods for finding the chord forms anywhere on the neck, in any key. Jason then demonstrates a shuffle feel, a travis picking pattern and the essential boogie boogie rhythm. Work through this section and hundreds of Rockabilly tunes will already be at your fingertips --in all 12 keys.
In the second section, you’ll focus on lead guitar by exploring three essential approaches for soloing and improvisation. You’ll learn how to play swing lines, versatile double-stops and blues-influenced licks that you can twist, turn, combine and make your own. You’ll learn how to apply those lines, and improvise with them, through a series of play alongs that Jason leads you through to demonstrate the different feels that you’ll encounter in the Rockabilly songbook.
The third section puts what you've learned in the first two sections to work as you start building your repertoire with six popular Rockabilly standards; Junk Yard Dog, Let’s Rock, Anything You Do, Lays Killer, Rip It Up and Hot Rod. Working with rhythm tracks, Jason will teach you the rhythm parts and then demonstrate how to solo over the tunes.
"Well, you can knock me down, Step in my face,
Slander my name, All over the place.
Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh,
Honey, lay off of my shoes."