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

Hey everybody, I'm BJ Baartmans, and welcome to the Slapback, Billy & Twang Guitar Guidebook. In this course, we'll jump into the heyday of rock and roll, rockabilly, and surf instrumentals. We'll explore the sound of vintage guitars, slapback delay, tremolo, and tank reverb.

I discovered a lot of the stuff we'll talk about in this course by reading what guitar players that I love had to say about their influences - like Jeff Beck talking about Cliff Gallup and Hank B Marvin, George Harrison about Carl Perkins, and Keith Richards about Chuck Berry. And then there were the Stray Cats in the early '80s, when I'd just started gigging with a typical new wave band. Hearing their stuff was a breeze, the guitar work was magical.

We'll start the course by digging into important concepts like typical rockabilly changes and scales. We'll be using the guitars these players used, plus their amps and effects. All these elements are put to work in 10 original songs, each one in a typical late 50's guitar style. We'll be dealing with: hybrid picking, twangy doublestops, jazzy chord voicings, whammy bar magic, and big band breaks. All these songs come with tabs and backing tracks. Are you ready to rumble?