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Old June 26th, 2009, 08:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default beginner Rockabilly songs

Hey guys i just started a rockabilly band , we want to do for now only some covers.

But i'm looking for a whole bunch of (prefer easy) rockabilly songs that wil set the place on fire.

anyone that has advice?

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Old June 26th, 2009, 09:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Sam, welcome to this forum. I am not into rockabilly but I am sure folks will help you out around here. Grtz from Morstel.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 10:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Sam

Im pretty new to the rockabilly style and probably the two easiest tracks i have learnt are by the late great Eddie Cochran, they being C'mon Everybody and Summertime Blues which only have the sme three chords E, A and B. You may want to spice them up Setzer style. The Stray Cats did great versions of these tunes.

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Old June 26th, 2009, 11:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome,

I have also recently become lead guitarist and singer in a rock-a-billy group.

If you click on Social Groups, at the top of the page, you will see a rock-a-billy area. We have posted clips of old groups, as well as some rock-a-billy guitar lessons. Please join, and look through all the pages, to see what songs you like.

I'm currently doing a lot of Gene Vincent material. If you come across links that you find helpful, please share them with the group.

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Old June 26th, 2009, 12:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The best place to start IMO is anything from the Sun studios in Memphis, especially Elvis' material from this period. Carl Perkins wrote and recorded some great stuff then as well, but a lot of these songs were re-recorded later in his career. The later versions don't hold a candle to the original Sun material.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 12:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Our entire 3 hours of Rockabilly songs are all beginner songs
Get some old Sun records recordings lots of good rockabily easily copied not real sophisticated stuff.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 12:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Once you come up with the songs you want to play, dig around on youtube. They have lessons on there for everything it seems. You could also try one of the Piggat (sp?) DVD's for instruction and performance tips. Not exactly Rock-a-billy but why not Secret Agent Man - a fun and easy nostalgic number. And then lots of Johnny Cash, like Folsom Prison Blues, also works well in the RAB genre. Best of luck. Happy pickin'
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Old June 26th, 2009, 02:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Jack Scott - The Way I Walk

Warren Smith - Rock N Roll Ruby

Carl Perkins - Dixie Fried

Joe Clay - Ducktails

Not really rockabilly but Johnny Cash on Sun records, Luther had simplicity down
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Old June 26th, 2009, 06:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Not really rockabilly but Johnny Cash on Sun records, Luther had simplicity down
Luther Perkins was once asked in an interview why he didn't do some fancy guitar work like other guitarists. His answer was, those other guys are still looking for "it" and I've already found "it".
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20 Flight Rock

Nice and Easy

Then Orbison's Rock House.

Then Blue Suede Shoes.
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Luther Perkins was once asked in an interview why he didn't do some fancy guitar work like other guitarists. His answer was, those other guys are still looking for "it" and I've already found "it".
Got to be the best quote I have heard all day
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Old June 27th, 2009, 05:52 AM   #14 (permalink)
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thx for the posts so far really appriciate it
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Old June 27th, 2009, 09:44 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Paul Pigat's DVDs are well worth checkng out. My rockabilly playing became infinitely better after the first one.

One thing you could do if you're just interested in getting out there is stripping the songs down to the basic chords and solos to make them as easy as possible and then build on them over time.
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Definately check out our social group for Rockabilly. As mentioned before, there are several links there for easier tunes. I chose Mystery Train for my introduction into Rockabilly. Also, as mentioned, many of the early Sun recordings were great Rockabilly tunes. In my opinion, James Burton is a great player often overlooked for his contributions.

One last thought, go to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and just look at the various inductees and do a youtube search for all kinds of great tunes.
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I wish I could get a rockabilly band going around here.
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I wish I could get a rockabilly band going around here.
me too!
on topic anything of classic like elvis,perkins,cash,straycats,that you like
you can also go for the punk versions of "something else" and "c'mon everybody" by the pistols and the law won by the clash
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Here is another suggestion. Go to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame website, look down the list of inductees, type them name in Youtube and listen to their songs. You will find material quickly that you like. http://www.rockabillyhall.com/Certificates.html
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 09:46 AM   #20 (permalink)
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My exposure to rock-a-billy came from Elvis, and the Beatles doing Carl Perkins and Little Richard songs. I always liked Buddy Holly and Carl Perkins, but I had trouble with the vocals. The Stray Cats were a little more my style. Then someone gave me a copy of Jeff Beck's - Crazy Legs. Then I started digging onto the original Gene Vincent and Cliff Gallup recordings. Things are starting to click.

I'm now finding my sound, both vocally and guitar wise. People want me to play the same old songs, that all the other bands a playing, but I'm trying nicely to tell them to stick it. My vocals are getting stronger, and my solo's are improving. I now feel like I found my calling in the musical world.

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