Rockabilly Electric Guitar - Paul Pigat Page Three

The next chapter of the lesson is about soloing and inspired by Gene Vincent. This is a surpassingly cool lick combining horn lines, swing lines and a banjo roll at the end. The banjo roll requires you to hybrid pick in a manageable way. Try it.

The 12 fret motif is next and is a common sliding one found often in early Rock and Roll and Rockabilly. This starts out almost like a Chuck Berry double stop slide riff as in Johnny B. Good but changes in the 2nd part where we outline an A7th chord and then move up to Gb using bends.

We exit the riff using chromatics and fretting an E6 chord often heard in Freddie King and SRV. Great riff - turn up the treble to play this one at home.

Next we move onto hybrid pickin' ala Mere Travis and I am tempted to say this is the best explanation I have seen yet of Travis pickin'.

First Paul shows us the fretting hand and its task for each of the three chords and then he shows us the picking hand and explains each move. You can use your strum hand thumb and just one finger to achieve this. This reminds me of guitar lesson camera work. Its never perfect. This is a good place to learn Travis pickin'.

We next move on to a little number called Rockabilly Extravaganza at 34:41 in the presentation. This is a longer more complex stacking of several concepts using double stops over the E chord. In passing we come to the menus's Tritone lick (its part of this extravaganza). This is a Tritone lick? I play this all the time. A Tritone lick is three whole steps. It sound discordant. Think the opening of Jimi's Purple Haze.

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