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Watch the Scales & Chords online guitar lesson by BJ Baartmans from Slapback, Billy & Twang Guidebook

A lot of rockabilly and rock & roll seems to be rooted in blues when it comes to scales and chord voicings. But many players had a background in country or jazz, so they would incorporate that into their playing too. Basic 1-4-5 progressions were spiced up with colourful voicings like 6/9 or diminished, altered, and chromatic scales, big band harmony, or even gypsy swing riffs. Minor licks against major chords, flat fives and nines, and doublestops all found their way into the hits of the day. Cats like Charlie Christian, T-Bone Walker, Django Rheinhardt, Wes Montgomery, and Les Paul left a big mark.