Watch the Bring Out Your Dead online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from 50 Rockabilly Licks You MUST Know

Dead thumb is a technique that is born out of Louisiana style blues. You can hear it used a lot by the great James Burton. He used this style of playing on things like Suzie Q, which is a tune he wrote at 16. Dale Hawkins had a big hit with it. So did some band called Creedence Clearwater Revival. But it’s also a technique that he uses throughout a lot of his solos, with Ricky Nelson and Elvis. You can hear it throughout the solo of Hello Mary Lou.