Watch the Rockabilly Survival Guide: Lead online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Rockabilly Survival Guide: Lead
Hi, I'm Jason Loughlin and welcome to the rockabilly survival guide for lead guitar. The 1950's represented a perfect storm for music. The electric guitar is a brand new instrument, electronic innovation in America is at it's height, record labels had been stock piling recording of Appalachian music, folk, blues, boogies and calypso. Now northerners could hear what was going on in south. If you lived in a rural part of the country you may not have know what was happening in the next county. Music isn't being made in a vacuum anymore. One musical scene is now influencing another. Early Rockabilly can be boiled down to just a marriage of rock and hillbilly music. Some of it can be thought of as the orchestration of boogie piano. The other side of that coin are the tunes that are sped up versions of Appalachian or hillbilly tunes with the accents shifting from beats 1 and 3 to 2 and 4 or what people call the backbeat. The vocal stylings pull from the crooners like Bing Crosby for tone, Appalachian phrasing and blues inflections. Of course, it's impossible to put every rockabilly artist under this umbrella but it's a good place for us to start. Those early rockabilly guitar heroes were drawing early on from blues and country finger style blues for their solos. It's wasn't long though til elements of swing, rock and roll and yes even Latin music start to show there influences on their improvisation. The first round of Rockabilly guitarist that you should know are players like Scotty Moore, Paul Burlison, Grady Martin, Cliff Galop, Hank Garland and Les Paul. Rockabilly experienced a strong revival in the early 80's lead by Brian Setzer and The Stray Cats. This also gave rise to punkabilly or psychobilly who's stand outs are bands like The Cramps and Guano Bats. Rockabilly to this day resembles more of the nuances, visuals and clichés associated with the revival then it does the first wave. Regardless, it's still going strong with a worldwide follow of enthusiasts who are drawn to the guitar playing, the great songs built for a good time and the overall aesthetic. The course is divided into two sections. Section one will focus on the concepts behind rockabilly lead playing. We'll cover blues scales, dead thumb, Travis picking, bigsby tricks, whole tone and diminished scales to name a few. In the second section I'll taking all of our concepts using them in seven lead studies. Each one of these styles is arranged in a different style or sub-genre within rockabilly. Some of the styles we'll learn to solo over are swing, boogie, blues and truckbilly. I've provided all the backing tracks, notation and tab. Let's get started!