Status Quo was one of the biggest bands in Europe throughout the seventies, selling more than 118-million albums worldwide. Although they never made it big in the US, they had a huge influence on musicians like Brian May of Queen, Dave Edmunds, Jeff Lynn and modern bands like Muse and Metallica.
If ever there was a band that epitomized the hard driving, no holds barred rock band with a two-guitar frontline, it is the British Band Status Quo that featured Rick Parfitt. Ray Nijenhuis’ Rockin' Rhythm Guitar Guidebook examines this powerful style of rock rhythm guitar, with a special focus on Parfitt’s unique approach.
"I believe Rick Parfitt is a criminally underrated rhythm guitar player and I’m thrilled to be able to share many of his unique concepts, approaches, and techniques here in this Guidebook. We'll look at several critical concepts to play in this style: like slap-back echo simulation, irregular rhythmic division of a 4/4, his custom low B and open G tunings, various ways of string muting and playing drone riffs. We'll then put these techniques to good use in six original songs.”
Ray organized the course into two sections. In the first section he guides you through a series of essential techniques and concepts: Slap-back Echo Shuffle 1, Slap-back Echo Shuffle 2, Tuning: Open G, Tuning: Low B, Tuning: Dropped D, Rhythmic Variations 1, Rhythmic Variations 2, Rhythmic Variations 3, String Muting Staccato, and String Muting Alternating.
In the second section, you'll apply all of the key concepts and techniques from the first section, over six rhythm performance studies. Ray will first perform the study over a track, and then break it down for you emphasizing the key techniques and concepts in play.
Whenever You Want - ”This track is inspired by Rick Parfitt's rhythm playing in "Whatever You Want." His unique way of simulating slap-back echo with his right-hand muting technique gives this shuffle its distinctive groove. The integrated upstrokes will make it sound like there's two of you.”
Coming and Droning - ”Now here's a cool sound for you. Big wide open lush chords, served with a baritone or bass like a low-end drone, provided by Parfitt's custom low-B tuning. In this song, I'm playing Rick Parfitt's very own 1982 Schecter Telecaster, with a 14 gauge string set here. The low B string is a 0.60.”
Muting All Over the World - ”This is based on Rick Parfitt's take on Chuck Berry's power chord rhythm playing. We're muting with the left hand by constantly bouncing off of the strings to create an intense staccato chunking groove. On this one, I play on Parfitt's very own original 1972 Fender Telecaster. He played this one on Status Quo's 1977 album.”
Hold Me Back - ”Playing rhythm guitar without actually playing chords may sound a bit off-topic here, but that's what this song is all about. The main riff is a repetitive single note triplet all over the neck, based on Parfitt's rhythm part in Hold You Back. We're combining this with all kinds of cool twists and tricks.”
Moving is Grooving - ”This one is about the sound of silence. We're muting while the right-hand keeps going.”
4500 Accidents Drone - ”This one is inspired by Status Quo's "4500 Times", "Backwater", and "Accident Prone". We're using a relatively simple melody within a custom low B tuning. It's all about grooving and droning.”
”I am very grateful to Rick Parfitt's friend Andrew 'AC' Cremona for the loan of two of Rick's personal guitars: a 1972 Fender and 1982 Schecter telecaster to use in the production of this course. What an honor to be playing these iconic instruments, which were used extensively on studio recordings and worldwide tours from the 70's throughout the 00’s!”
Ray will explain and demonstrate all of the key concepts and approaches along the way. You’ll get standard notation and tabs for all of the rhythm and Rhythm Performance Studies. Plus, Ray includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own. Also, you’ll be able to loop or slow down any of the performances so that you can work with the lessons at your own pace.
Grab your guitar and let’s get rockin’ with Ray Nijenhuis!