Rockabilly Guitar Instruction in New York

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  1. Emmett

    Emmett Gretschie

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    Feb 25, 2013
    New York / Iowa
    I was wondering if any fellow GRETSCH fans might be able to recommend an individual or group in the vicinity of New York City that offers Rockabilly Guitar lessons one-on-one? This would be for a moderate level student who knows no music theory. Thanks!
     
  2. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Synchromatic

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    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    I can recommend a couple YouTube teachers if you can’t find what you’re looking for in NYC.

    Look for Damian Bacci and/or Marty Schwartz (Marty Music). Both offer excellent rockabilly videos and dvds.
     
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  3. mandobandit

    mandobandit Gretschie

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    Apr 1, 2019
    Ohio
    Look for the guitar sage on YouTube
    Great lesson on stray cat strut
     
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  4. Emmett

    Emmett Gretschie

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    Feb 25, 2013
    New York / Iowa
    Thanks for the input. I agree the above mentioned YouTube lessons are great but I was hoping for a recommendation that would lead to actual weekly in person lessons that teach the fundamentals of this style. I was actually surprised when I did a Google search for 'Rockabilly Guitar Instruction New York City' that not a whole lot came up. Guess I'll keep looking!
     
  5. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Rockabilly instructors can be a bit hard to come by. Randy Richter is another good one. He’s got YouTube, rockabilly courses at Udemy, a Patreon page, and I believe might offer a private lesson over the web. There are some potential for using a web cam with some instructors.
     
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  6. Gregor

    Gregor Gretschie

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    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    You might try Jason Loughlin on Truefire. I believe he gives 1 on 1 lessons via Skype as well as courses.
     
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  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Try Rocky at StreetSounds in Brooklyn for teachers . 718 - 680 - 7946
     
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  8. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

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    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    In person lessons are a good way to get started, but I would think any skilled and experienced teacher could provide some specific tailoring to the Rockabilly style.

    “Homespun Video” DVDs are also a good series. I just found a rockabilly set by Jim Weider in my library, he plays some demos with Levon Helm on drums. I found another one by Roger McGuinn demonstrating his 12 string techniques.
     
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  9. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Paul Pigat did a great DVD, but I think it's out of print.
     
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  10. Rock Lajoint

    Rock Lajoint Gretschie

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    Nov 16, 2014
    Sussex, England
    I had an Arlen Roth 'Rockabilly Guitar' video tape back in the day. I was surprised to find that he had absolutely no real idea about the style. The gist of it was 'Play country licks over a blues beat or blues licks over a country beat and that's rockabilly.' Total waste of money.

    For me the most useful thing learning resources were a book that covered a simplified version of CAGED and some of the Rockabilly courses on the Truefire site e.g. the Walter Broes 'Rock, Billy & Boogie' one. I think that's the course where Walter remarks that rockabilly styles aren't really about scales, more about chord shapes, arpeggios and double stops. Or words to that effect. That's exactly what I realised when working on the CAGED book - there were things that I'd heard Eddie Cochran do with partial chords. The 'D' shape up the neck and barred 'C' feature a lot more in my playing these days.
     
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  11. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    @TV the Wired Turtle recently posted on FB that Paul just started selling a digital download. But I’m not sure if it’s a limited time thing or permanent.
     
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  12. eggvan

    eggvan Gretschie

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    Nov 30, 2013
    England
    Buy a program called Transcribe and slow down every song you love and learn them note for note. That in itself will teach you various techniques used by numerous guitarists.
     
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  13. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
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  14. Sabato

    Sabato Synchromatic

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    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    Plug for Damian Bacci (also lots of YouTube vids) https://damianbacci.com/home
    Richter, Twangy, Bacci, Guitar Sage, Justin Guitar,
    I personally do not value 1:1 in person, guess I don't like criticism....
     
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  15. r0de0

    r0de0 Gretschie

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    Jul 7, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Consider mytwangyguitar.com
     
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  16. Rock Lajoint

    Rock Lajoint Gretschie

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    Nov 16, 2014
    Sussex, England
    You can slow down YouTube videos. I've been doing it lately. Also got a YouTube looper add-in for Chrome. So I play a YouTube song at 75% speed and loop the section I'm learning 10 times. It works really well.
     
  17. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Synchromatic

    642
    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Richter is very knowledgeable and a good teacher, but I found the Udemy interface impossible.
     
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  18. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    I’ve had no problems using my iPhone. But I usually just hit play and scrub back if I’m not getting a part.
     
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  19. Fredo

    Fredo Synchromatic

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    Jan 18, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Mytwangyguitar.com is top notch. Maybe not for fingerpicking, where sheet music or tabs would help, but otherwise excellent. Most of all, Sam takes an instrument that is inherently awkward and shows how it can be played economically. I started with Jim Weider's videos. I learned a lot, and they were good at the time, but Mr. Weider works his muscles too hard.
     
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  20. Emmett

    Emmett Gretschie

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    Feb 25, 2013
    New York / Iowa
    Ive purchased Randy Richter's Country lesson and he does an amazing job although Udemy wouldn't be my first choice for taking lessons on line. Had to laugh at the comment about the Arlen Roth Rockabilly VHS as I had the same reaction to it many years ago when I first purchased it. Well meaning but - useless to me. I appreciate everyones help. Thanks!
     
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