|How to play rockabilly guitar and get good, fast!
eBook in Adobe PDF format by Vince Gordon
What it is:
It's got the subtitle "The beginner's guide to the rockabilly style" and it covers the very basics of guitar playing including tab-reading and advice on strings and picks a.s.o., but it's far from just a beginner's guide to guitar playing though, it's mainly an introduction to the rockabilly guitar style and the art of improvising within that genre. If you haven't learned how to improvise, playing rockabilly lead guitar will never feel natural or easy. That's why the teaching is centred around improvisation.
It also shows you how to play many classic rockabilly riffs, chords and some guitar boogie bass lines besides two scales, so you have something to build on. The eBook contains 33 pages including cover. It has tabs, chord diagrams, pictures and the text doesn't require any previous technical musical knowledge to understand. It's written in everyday language, but don't let that fool you. It IS based on music theory. The method of learning is just far less complicated and gets to the point.
What it's not:
It doesn't cover finger picking and it doesn't deal with the advanced music theory of rockabilly. However, you would have to have a pretty big knowledge about rockabilly music theory not to be able to pick up something new.
From the author Vince Gordon:
I wrote the book because it's something I myself would have liked to have had when I started out. A book written by a rockabilly guitarist who has records out, has an audience and paid some rockabilly dues. Not yet another "formal" book written by a teacher or a mainstream guitarist who is analysing rockabilly records. It's a book that'll cut to the chase and teach you how to improvise and make up your own solos. Just like it's done in real life on stage and in the studio. Sure, it has some classic rockabilly guitar riffs in it, but it's not transcriptions of other peoples solos. I wrote it in everyday language so it doesn't read like a schoolbook... and it's fun and doesn't take the joy out of learning music!"
Within the first day of the eBooks release, two customers asked me if I could make a sound file available of the riffs covered in the book. I thought it was a great idea and recorded them right away in the same studio where I record my albums. I converted the session into a 4 minute 43 seconds mp3 file. Everyone who buys the eBook gets that sound file for free!
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