Rockabilly Electric Guitar - Paul Pigat Page Two

harmony and theory back coverPaul tunes us up and then focusses our attention on a 'Johnny Burnett Rock and Roll Trio' like typical guitar introduction for a Rockabilly song that we all want to learn. Its just the introduction not a whole song. I like it. It provides forward momentum by using a musical pickup and starts on the A strings' B note at the second fret.

There is a sound issue which I cleverly solve by turning up the volume.

That aside, I am liking this guitar lesson already! All these segments are digestible size. There aren't any endless, put you sleep, note here, note there diatribes.

Next Paul teaches us the classic Rockabilly number covered by almost everybody called Hot Rod Lincoln.

Commander Cody and Brian Setzer both cover it and its a good song but may appear a bit challenging at first because its up tempo and repetitive doing the same lick at the convenient to one another notes of the major scale: the one - the four and the five notes of the E Major scale. He teaches us the riff on the lower notes and then an octave higher on the top three strings. Its the same pattern movable! Great riff you simply must get under your fingers but if its too hard for you it can wait. I would call playing it up to speed adept or advanced.

Better to learn the underlaying concept that the major scale is the mother of all western scales first and then as time goes by consistently build up your technique and speed to dance music at least. Doing it constantly means you can measure your progress. If you cant measure your progress its because there isn't any to speak of. You feeling good about your guitar improvement renews your lease on life and puts a spring in your step.

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“When people say you’re doing something radical in rock or dance music, I’m not sure how special that is. What we do is so old-fashioned. It’s like trying to do something innovative in tap-dancing.”
― Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)