Scotty Moore Rockabilly Electric Guitar - Steve Trovato Page One

Steve Trovato starts out by reminding us that Scotty Moore played guitar for both Elvis Presley and for Jerry Lee Louis and that he pretty much single handedly invented the Rockabilly sound. Steve is playing another G& L Tele style guitar but this time its a solid body one.

I skip ahead to the Menu section: Techniques, Effects and Tone Settings where Steve tells us that there are two must have techniques associated with Rockabilly and the first one is an hybrid picked alternating bass line with simple melodies on top. He uses a B6th9 chord very common in the genre. You also mute the bass notes but let the high notes ring.

The second things about Rockabilly is the slap back delay with a tight 1 slap back, 135 - 140 Millie seconds. The delay needs to be 1/2 to a full percentage of the volume of the original sound. Reverb is another effect he likes and on old amps the knob for it is called Reverb and he likes to turn it to a third of a half way up to get a big wide sound. The guitar tone required is a booming clean sound - turn up the mid-range if your amp has such. 5120 Gretch and Guild guitars were prevalent in the old days. He uses the neck pick up to play rhythm and the bridge pickup to play lead.

OK the learn guitar part of the lesson starts out with a performance of an unnamed song I shall call Mystery Train, a very cool song but its 99% finger picked. There is a way hip lick within that song that isn't finger picked that every guitar player worth his salt is going to want to learn. He plays through it again for some reason and then explains it to us with section one, lick one, calling it a 12 bars blues in the Key of E.

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