#1
Hey people,

i'm getting into playing rockabilly guitar, i especially like Brian Setzer's style.

What techniques, chords, scales, etc are common in rockabilly?

In my limited knowledge i can see obviously blues influence, a bunch of 6th, 7th and 9th chords, and lots of double-stop licks.

What other techniques are common? (fingerpicking patterns, common licks, chord progressions)

I made a search in the techniques forum but didn't find much more than the things i mentioned, and the google and youtube search didn't help much. (i found this video of Setzer himself called "Lesson" which is basically him showing off and explaining nothing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgUCs72RDHs )
#2
A recent issue of Guitarist Magazine did a style file on him. October I think, if that helps.
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#4
I recently put together a blog post on playing a funky bluesy rhythm style similar to Steve Cropper with accompanying YouTube videos and even downloadable MP3 jam tracks. There's quite a bit of rockabilly influence (I know Steve Cropper was a big fan of Carl Perkins) in this rhythm and a detailed explanation of how to play it. Here's the link: [url="I recently put together a blog post on playing a funky bluesy rhythm style similar to Steve Cropper with accompanying YouTube videos and even downloadable MP3 jam tracks. There's quite a bit of rockabilly in this rhythm and a detailed explanation of how to play it. Here's the link: http://www.activemelody.com/blog/blog_comments/stax_records_steve_cropper_rhythm_guitar_lesson


Maybe you'll find something useful.
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I recently put together a blog post


Could you edit your post and fix that link please?
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I recently put together a blog post on playing a funky bluesy rhythm style similar to Steve Cropper with accompanying YouTube videos and even downloadable MP3 jam tracks. There's quite a bit of rockabilly influence (I know Steve Cropper was a big fan of Carl Perkins) in this rhythm and a detailed explanation of how to play it. Here's the link: [url="I recently put together a blog post on playing a funky bluesy rhythm style similar to Steve Cropper with accompanying YouTube videos and even downloadable MP3 jam tracks. There's quite a bit of rockabilly in this rhythm and a detailed explanation of how to play it. Here's the link: http://www.activemelody.com/blog/blog_comments/stax_records_steve_cropper_rhythm_guitar_lesson


Maybe you'll find something useful.


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Talibango :

Very helpful indeed !

I have been at it hard now for 10 years going eleven in January and have advanced to my liking but not to my dreams yet . Steve Cropper is one of my favorites to listen to . Your video was simple yet so powerful too .

Again thanks for helping to clear up what the heck he was doing on some of those great songs .

I spent some time playing music up and down from Memphis and Chicago as a hard hitting harp player ( harmonica to those who don't know ) , been at on harp since I was a child , turned pro in 1977 .

When I was up and down that old Mississippi I was not a guitar player due in part to a accident that took guitar playing away till my prayers were answered and after 36 years of patience ..... well there ya are , I am one lucky guy to have had a second chance at it . If I had only known I would have another chance I would have paid a lot more attention and asked tons of guitar playing questions to all those great guitarists I met while on the road then .

Oh well - Hind site is 20-20

Thanks again this info is just one more piece ( a big one at that too ) of the puzzle that I have been putting together called playing guitar .

Sincerely :


Huricane Ramon
#9
Thanks for the link, i'll check it out later at home (i'm at work:S)

For other people interested, here are 2 Brian Setzer style lessons i found on the net:

Jump Blues Guitar Lick Lesson Brian Setzer Style:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7espWKKASc

Guitar fingerpicking blues Brian Setzer rockabilly style
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WifH3ZluSqQ

Is it a good idea to get one of his DVDs? (for example: http://www.amazon.com/Brian-Setzer-Guitar/dp/B000GRUVW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=musical-instruments&qid=1260193922&sr=8-1 )
#10
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Learn your jazz chords and licks, then use them in rock. Seems like that's what he does.


I put this quick list together out of this UG-article about jazz chords (http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/chords/jazz_chords.html ):

- Dominant Seventh
- Major Seventh
- Minor Seventh
- 9th chords
- b5 or Half Diminished Chords
- Diminished chords
- 13th chords
- 6th chords
- Minor Delta chords
- Altered Chords/altered bass chords

I haven't had much time to try them out or research more on those, but to me (as a beginner) it seems that dominant 7th, 6th and 9th chords generally sound very good on rockabilly songs, for example as substitutions for major IV and V chords. On the other hand, i don't like how the maj7 sounds, but i could definitely be wrong.

Other than that, which jazz chords would generally be appliable?