Rockabilly Country Rhythm and Fills

by Chris Shofner

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  • Hi GMC!

    Rockabilly Country Rhythm and Fills lesson explores a popular rhythmic style perhaps most notably played by James Burton. You can find a very similar pattern on Merle Haggard's track, "Workin' Man Blues," and live performances by Elvis (from the jumpsuit era) on "That's Alright Mama." This rhythmic pattern has a nice bounce to it and is useful in many situations.

    Out of all the techniques included in this lesson the one that sticks out to me is the left hand thumb on top technique. This may be a different approach for some of the shredders out there as it is a more bluesy approach.

    This lesson includes other techniques such as:

    Hybrid picking (claw)
    Banjo Rolls
    Steel Guitar Bends

    Key: G

    Chords: G, C, D

    Tempo: 95 BPM

    G: This is a flexible version of the G pentatonic. Just move the A# up to a B to go from a minor to major feel.
    In this case we usually hammer-on or bend up from A# to B.


    C: This is the same idea as the G scale except in C. Move the D# to E to go from minor to major feel.

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