Watch the Rock, Billy & Boogie Guidebook online guitar lesson by Walter Broes from Rock, Billy, & Boogie Guidebook

Hi, I'm Walter Broes and welcome to Rock, Billy & Boogie Guidebook. Very few music styles are as guitar oriented as rockabilly; the music that launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Buddy Holly. In rockabilly, you'll find anything from hot and raunchy blues riffs to uptown Western swing licks, and in this guidebook you'll get plenty of them, but there's also a strong focus on playing solid backup, from boogie patterns to intricate Travis picking and clever chord usage.

In this course, we're going to take an in depth look at some of my favorite guitar players from the 50's who shaped this exciting style, including my all-time favorite Grady Martin. We'll also stray off the beaten path a little and dig into some lesser famous studio pickers, like Scotty Moore, who turned country thumbpicking into exciting rock and roll riffs.

We'll start out by studying some crucial concepts you'll need to play rockabilly, starting with some basic Travis moves, typical chord shapes, and learning how to create that echoing slap-back rockabilly sound. These building blocks create a solid foundation for the 16 practical examples in this course and riffs that can be used as backing or lead. As usual, you'll get tabs and jam tracks with each example. Let's roll!