Rockabilly Solo Techniques

January 30, 2014
<p><img style="width: 300px; height: 450px; float: left; margin-right: 5px; margin-left: 5px;" src="/Portals/0/Steve_Trovato3_nr.jpg" alt="img" /><strong>I HAVE BEEN GETTING QUITE A</strong> few requests for rockabilly lately. I decided to put together a fun rockabilly solo using some typical stylistic ideas. This solo is played over a 12-bar blues shuffle progression in the key of <em>E</em>. Pay close attention to the fretting-hand fingerings. Although I use a hybrid picking style, the solo may be played using only a pick. Make sure you keep the solo swinging. Don&rsquo;t let yourself drift into straight eighth-notes.</p> <p>The first two measures begin with a slide on the third string, which is played against the open <em>E </em>and <em>B </em>strings. Allow the open strings to ring against the slide and you&rsquo;ll hear a classic rockabilly sound. Measures 3 and 4 are played by sliding from a half-step below into an <em>E </em>triad on the top three strings. For measures 7, 8, and 9 you&rsquo;ll need to jump up to the twelfth position to play the double-stops. Jump back down to the open position to play measures 10, 11, and 12. Repeat the solo with the second ending.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="img" src="/Portals/0/GP7.11NewTrovato.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 89px; float: left; margin-right: 5px; margin-left: 5px;" /></a>For a totally authentic tone, add about 125 to 135 ms of delay. Set the delay&rsquo;s feedback control so you hear only one repeat. Set the mix at about 40%. I like to use the bridge pickup for twang, and reverb always sounds great in this style.</p> <p>For more ideas, listen to rockabilly greats Gene Vincent featuring Cliff Gallup, Carl Perkins, Scotty Moore, and Brian Setzer. Jeff Beck also recorded a rockabilly CD called <em>Crazy Legs</em>, which is a classic. Have fun!</p>
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