Finally, I can play mystery train

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by ALS57, Jun 25, 2021.

  1. ALS57

    ALS57 Gretschie

    276
    Jun 17, 2019
    London
    An easy tune I guess for most but I'm not a natural when it comes to playing guitar. After a brief attempt to learn how to play in punk bands in the 70s I gave up and didn't touch another guitar until I reached 57. Spurred on again after buying and messing about upgrading a 2420 it now feels like I'm finally getting somewhere, I can now (slowly) play one of my all time favourite tunes!! The Gretsch certainly helped.

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  2. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    I can play it too: I play Elvis' rhythm guitar part :D
     
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  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Excellent song . Congrats on the progress
     
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  4. AZBrahma

    AZBrahma Gretschie

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    Dec 18, 2020
    Arizona
    Congrats on making that happen! It's a great tune. Here is one of my favorite versions besides the original (which is still the best), just because.

     
  5. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Here’s the lesson that finally taught me to play it right:
     
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  6. Good deal! Never give up!
     
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  7. Viking Power

    Viking Power Synchromatic

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    Jun 11, 2018
    Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Inspiring. I still can’t play it although it is one of my all time favorites too. I’ll check out the vid @Jelly Roll Horton shared. Maybe it’ll click for me.
     
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  8. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

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    51
    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    It was through Scotty Moore and all the early Elvis stuff that i learnt to play finger style ,so i've been playing this since the 80's,i never get tried of it ! Thanks Scotty!:)
     
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  9. ALS57

    ALS57 Gretschie

    276
    Jun 17, 2019
    London
    Thanks all, @Jelly Roll Horton I followed Adrian's lesson too, his work is excellent.
     
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  10. slickfaster

    slickfaster Country Gent

    Dec 29, 2009
    USA
    Mystery Train is one of the great Rockabilly standards!! I use it as an instrumental intro.. any song your playing in E comfortably can have a mystery train bridge.. so cool!!!
    Congrats!
    Next is Twenty Flight Rock and Brand New Cadillac!!!
     
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  11. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    Al S57, congratulations on your perseverance, this is an awesome song, that is welcome in most venues. I can't think of anytime we played this song, that people didn't love it. For me, it was always one of those songs that you kept in your back pocket, if things weren't going well.

    Why we didn't keep this as a regular on the song list, I have no idea thanks for the great memories.
     
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  12. oneforsorrow

    oneforsorrow Synchromatic

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    May 15, 2020
    Iowa
    I love this version! Grew up in the 80's and could not stand Vince Gill when I was in high school. But in the last couple of years, I've grown to really appreciate his playing. Gorgeous tone!
     
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  13. oneforsorrow

    oneforsorrow Synchromatic

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    May 15, 2020
    Iowa
    Congrats! A great song on a great guitar.
     
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  14. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

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    Mar 6, 2011
    nj
    Congrats !
    This is as close as im ever gonna get
     
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  15. slickfaster

    slickfaster Country Gent

    Dec 29, 2009
    USA

    Setzer is amazing.....
     
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  16. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Yeah. I’ll never even figure out how to hide my pick like Setzer does. But! "I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam." ~Wisdom from Popeye.

    I can live with that.
     
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  17. NowEarThis

    NowEarThis Gretschie

    Age:
    70
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    Jun 23, 2021
    Northern Rivers NSW Australia
    Someone turned me on to Setzer with a DVD Live in Japan with his orchestra and that clip is form that concert. He’s one of the greats! I’m still working on his version of Sleepwalk but I can’t get the speed as clean and as smooth as him!
     
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  18. Mogg

    Mogg Electromatic

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    Apr 9, 2016
    UK
    An earlier fine rendition from Mr Setzer. Bonus yodelling @ 1:30.

     
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  19. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Congrats on the accomplishment!
     
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  20. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Its fairly easy to do with a little practice. As your holding the pick with your index finger and thumb, you simply roll it into and tuck it in with your index finger. You sort of slide your thumb to the top of the index finger at the same time the finger begins to curl in to hold the pick. Reverse and your back to normal play. Much easier if someone were to show you. If I’ve confused you more with my attempt of explanation… maybe go the simpler hybrid route. It’ll give your bass notes a bit more attack and definition too.
     
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