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Golden Age of Guitar Instrumentals - Monday - Week 2
Rock and Roll Guitar Instrumentals|
Rockabilly happened when country and Western Swing ("hillbilly") collided with jazz, jump blues, R&B, boogie-woogie and rock and roll. Guitar-driven all the way, rockabilly merged the styles of country pickers Chet Atkins and Merle Travis with blues artists like T-Bone Walker and Lightnin' Hopkins and jazz players Charlie Christian and Les Paul. Today's lick presents a classic rockabilly guitar line heard in countless instrumentals. It is played in A with a shuffle feel and makes use of a characteristic boogie-woogie melody in the lower register of the guitar. This sort of figure has its origins in the left-hand bass patterns of boogie-woogie piano style. This lick is based on a first-position open A major chord. When playing this lick it is therefore helpful to visualize its melodic shape as occupying the same space as a standard A chord fingered as a barre (with the index finger) at the second fret. The bassline-type melody is derived from the chord tones of A major (A-C sharp-E) and is embellished with the major sixth (F sharp) and flat seventh (G) of the scale. The latter tones add the necessary melodic spice to the lick.
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