Rockabilly Guitar For Beginners

a complete guide to get you started on 1950s rock and roll/ rockabilly guitar
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  • Lectures 36
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

If you have recently started to play the guitar and you want to play 1950s Rockabilly and Rock 'n' Roll the right way, then this course is perfect for you. We'll start with the basics and at the end of the course you have learned how to play 6 great Rockabilly Solos, that you won't find anywhere else on the internet.

In this course you will also learn:

  • How to determine the key of a song
  • The basics of the Nashville Number System
  • To recognize and to play common chord progressions
  • Which chords you should use In Rockabilly
  • To master the fretboard layout
  • Basic chord and scale theorie in a song context
  • How to accompany a song and play behind a singer
  • To play 6 simple to medium rockabilly solos note for note
  • How to work out your own solo

Which materials are included in this course?

Over 2 hours of HD video lessons. The Note for Note Sections are filmed in split screen technique so you can catch every detail of both hands.
For every song you'll learn, I recorded a jam track at four different tempos that sounds as close as possible to the original. That makes it really fun to practice your solos at your own speed.
I also included tabs in PDF and Guitar Pro format as well as various graphics and chord diagrams

Don't hesitate to ask some questions in the discussion section throughout this course. I will answer each one of your questions as fast as possible.

Here is what my students and customers say:

"Thank you so much,for your help and for creating your have provided such a wealth of knowledge and skill for the pickers who just cannot make that next step by themselves. this letter is from a very grateful brian burke,regards and best wishes."
Brian Burke
"Fantastic!! Great lesson by one of the best rockabilly guitar player.Thanks", Michael Simond
"It's great to see a guitar player showing how to play the solos to Dancing Doll", Art Adams
" I've retired and your lessons are really tasty. I can play Blues and Rock but your lessons are really opening things up.", Craig Wolf

"These lessons are really brilliant!! - Well recorded and clearly explained. Thank you for your efforts and I m in line to order my copy of this lesson", Pete Russ

What are the requirements?

  • You should have played the guitar for a few months and know how to play some open chords.
  • You should have a guitar, and a computer. Guitar Pro or Tuxguitar Software would be nice, but is not essential

What am I going to get from this course?

  • play authentic rockabilly guitar solos
  • accompany 1950s rock 'n' roll songs
  • figure out the chords of a song
  • recognize various song structures e.g. 12 Bar Blues
  • know how to play and how to use the diatonic scale

Who is the target audience?

  • This guitar course is meant for guitar players who want to learn this exciting style of music. You should know how to play some basic open chords and know the concept of bar-chords, but no further knowledge is required. This course is probably not for you if you're looking for advanced techniques.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course Introduction

I tell you about the goals of this course and show some examples of what you will learn. Don't hesitate to ask some questions in the discussion section throughout this course.

Section 2: Chord Progressions

Learn to find key of the song and why it's so important


Here I will show you some example songs where we will determine the key together


Learn to play the major scale on the guitar and get to know the fretboard


Get to know some cool chords that are used in often in rockabilly and 1950s rock and roll


Finally our first chord progression with some example songs


Learn to play the most common chord progression in rock and roll


And here is another popular rockabilly chord progression


This chord progression is used a lot in doo wop and rock and roll ballads


Here are two more easy chords that you can incorporate into your playing, the C7 shape and the 6/9 chord.

5 questions

In this quiz you can check how well you learned the material in this section and if you have some more work to do.

Section 3: Comping

Our first solo guitar pattern that I use a lot in my playing. Also find the tabs for the whole section in the downloadable materials


A must know pattern for the late 1950s rock and roll sound


Learn to play a great sounding single bass run in the key of A


Another great sounding rockin' riff


Learn to know your fretboard even better


This is a basic rockabilly picking pattern using the root note and the high strings. I'll show you some variations as well.

Other Simple Comping Options On The High Strings
Section 4: Chord Theory

Learn the base of all important chords. Also have a look in the downloadable materials for this section


Very popular chord often used by Cliff Gallup


Here is just another chord for you

Another very important chord that you will learn in this lecture
Section 5: Soloing

This easy solo kicks of our solo section. Make sure to download the tabs and the jam tracks in the downloadable materials.


A SUN recording by the fantastic Kenny Parchman is our second solo to learn. Make sure to download the tabs and the jam tracks in the downloadable materials.


Let's move to Starday records in Houston, TX for our third solo. Make sure to download the tabs and the jam tracks in the downloadable materials.


The great distinctive sound of Luther Perkins! Make sure to download the tabs and the jam tracks in the downloadable materials.


Let's take it up a notch with this solo. A bit more compley and you can be very proud of yourself once you nailed this one. Make sure to download the tabs and the jam tracks in the downloadable materials.


This is the last solo in this series, one of my all time favourites. Make sure to download the tabs and the jam tracks in the downloadable materials.

Which Scales Should I Use To Play Rockabilly?

Now it's time for you to learn the building blocks for your own rock and roll guitar solo. Let's start with the top two strings


This is a simple but effective way to add some notes to your solo


learn to add some flavour to your chords


learn to play the I chord in another position


You will learn how play some neat licks on the B and the G string using just a few chords.


And here are some more licks this time involving the D string as well

Section 6: Rhythm Guitar Section

If you're a singer or you just like to play some accoustic guitar then this strumming lesson is for you


Learn to play the shuffle rhythm

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Instructor Biography

Randy Richter, 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.

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