101 Awesome Rockabilly Guitar Licks
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101 Awesome Rockabilly Guitar Licks

Expand your rock and roll guitar arsenal with these great licks to impress friends and fans
4.8 (75 ratings)
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470 students enrolled
Created by Randy Richter
Last updated 8/2016
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • play more than 100 guitar licks in the style of 1950s rockabilly/rock and roll
  • transpose and alter those licks to incorperate them into their own songs
  • recognize various chord shapes and scales
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  • You should be familiar with some basic chords and some simple melody playing.
  • It's definitely an advantage if you know how to read guitar tabs, but it's not required
  • Guitar pro or a similar software to read and play guitar tabs would be nice, but I will also provide all tabs in PDF format.

if you started to play some rock'n'roll and rockabilly, but you have a hard time to figure out what your heroes played in the songs you love. Or you might be stuck with the same licks that you play over and over, and you're looking for new inspirations. Then is the right course for you! I searched my archives to teach a you a wide selection of classic and obscure licks and phrases. We will start pretty simple, but you'll learn also some advanced licks and concepts.

In this course you'll learn 

  • 30 rockabilly intros as played by Scotty Moore, Carl Perkins, Cliff Gallup and others
  • 38 solo ideas by mainly obscure but fantastic guitar players
  •  the theory behind the licks and learn how to modify them
  • how to use augmented, diminished and dissonant ideas
  • 15 intro to slow songs
  • 11 rock'n'roll endings
  • 8 of my favourite licks that I play in my own compositions
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for guitar players who have played guitar for at least a year or so.
  • They should be able to play simple melodies and chords on the guitar.
  • I assume, that you are interested in 1950s rockabilly/rock and roll
  • This course is not for you, if you have just started to play the guitar
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Curriculum For This Course
33 Lectures
Course Introduction
1 Lecture 01:20
Rockabilly Intro Licks
7 Lectures 42:13

The first four licks were all played by the king of rockabilly Carl Perkins in the following songs Honey Don't, You Can Do No Wrong, Dixie Fried and Honky Tonk Gal

Licks 1-4

In this lecture I show you how to play two Scotty Moore licks and three licks that Roland Janes played on Billy Riley records.

Licks 5-9

Some more SUN-Records sound coming your way with two intros played by Al Hopson and one by Roland Janes. Then there's also one intro where they both shared the guitar work.

Licks 10-14

In this lecture I will play a solo first that is made up of several intros, you will learn two Roy Orbison Intros, the main lick from Sneaky Pete and the Intro to Midnight Train by Johnny Burnette

Preview 06:56

You will learn another great Paul Purlison lick and some intro licks that are played on the low strings like Rock and Roll Guitar by Johnny Knight

Licks 19-26

In this short lecture I will teach you the intros to The Fool by Sanford Clark and Eddie Bond's Slippin In

Licks 27-28

We saved some of the best intros till the end. They are from Honky Tonk Mind, Broken Heart and Don't You Do Me No Wrong.

Licks 29-31
Rockabilly Solo Ideas
15 Lectures 01:07:39

You will learn how to play some slides as played by Scotty moore in Good Rockin Tonight. Then I will show you some variations of those licks.

Good Rockin' Tonight - Slides

In this lecture you will learn two James Burton licks. One is a full 12 bar and the other one is a short lick from Believe What You Say by Ricky Nelson

James Burton Licks

No rock and roll course would be complete without some Chuck Berry licks. Here are a couple for you. I threw in a Buddy Holly lick as well to finish this lecture.

Licks 35-37

At first I show you how you can take some of the solo ideas that you have learned already and create a 12 bar blues solo in C. Then you will learn a couple of classic SUN-Rockabilly as played by Scotty Moore behind the King.

Scotty Moore Licks

Here are a couple of fast pull off licks for you

Pull Offs

In this lecture I will give you six tips to get the most out of your guitar practice sessions

Advice On How To Practice The Guitar

A great 12 bar solo in the key of G.

Granpas Rock

Five more cool rockabilly licks that you won't learn anywhere else on the net.

Licks 43-47

Three more rockabilly licks for you ans at the end of this lecture I'm playing another mix of licks that you've learned already. The result is a 12 bar blues solo in E

Licks 48-50

This lecture starts with a classic Johnny Burnette lick as played by Grady Martin. Then there's am explosive Joe Maphis lick followed by another hot rockin and rollin guitar lick

Licks 51-53

Four more great rockabilly guitar licks for you including two by Cliff Gallup

Licks 54-57

This lectures features three more licks as played by Scotty Moore, a real rock and roll classic and a rather obscure song.

Licks 58-62

Two Grady Martin licks that you will love

Preview 02:06

In this lecture you will learn the theory behind augmented chords. You can put it into practical use in the next lecture.

Chord Theory - Augmented Chords

Here are some special solo ideas for you that you can incorparate into your playing, the augmented chords and some dissonant sounds.

Augmented Chord Licks and Dissonant Licks
Rockabilly Endings
2 Lectures 09:15
Rockabilly Endings Licks 1-6

Rockabilly Endings Licks 7-10
Intros For Slow Songs
5 Lectures 25:25

You will learn three beautiful ballad-intros here. I Was The One, Peg O' My Heart and Kathaleen

Slow Songs Licks 1-3

In this lecture you will learn the licks of Red Cadillac and The Black Mustache, The Darkest Cloud and Angel Baby

Slow Songs Licks 4-6

This lecture is all about the beautiful sound of Conway Twitty.

Slow Songs Licks 7-9

Here you will learn the intros to Forever Yours by Carl Perkins , Oh Little One by Jack Scott and Words Of Love by Buddy Holly

Slow Songs Licks 10-12

Two Elvis ballads and one by Luke McDaniels to finish this section.

Slow Songs Licks 13-15
Randy's Guitar Licks
3 Lectures 13:02
Randy's Guitar Licks 1-4

Randy's Guitar Licks 5-6

About the Instructor
Randy Richter
4.8 Average rating
263 Reviews
859 Students
3 Courses
Guitar Player, Teacher, Specialized in 1950s Rock and Roll

My name is Randy Richter, I was born in 1974 in Rostock, Germany. At age 16 I started to teach myself how to play the guitar. Shortly after I played shows around my hometown and in 1996 I became a full time professional musician. With my band Randy Rich and The Poor Boys we've toured all over Europe and the US and appeared on the biggest festivals in the scene. Due to our excellent skills and our love to the authentic sound of the 1950s I had the chance to play and record with many of the original rockabilly legends like Janis Martin, Glenn Honeycutt, Eddie Bond and Glen Glenn.
In 2005 I started to teach guitar to some local students. Because of the fun I was having doing that I extended this part of my job even further and now I'm also teaching people online via Skype. With my Rockabilly Guitar Video Lessons I have the chance to share my knowledge and my passion for the music of the 1950s to thankful students everywhere in the world.