Twang 101: Rockabilly Intros and Outros
January 6, 2011
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Let's start with this classic Cliff Gallop intro in E major. It's a double picked descending major scale that goes into octaves. This one seemed to be the “go to” lick for a lot of rockabilly tunes, especially the Blue Caps material. It sounds like it could have come about by a guitarist imitating a walking upright bass. I've even heard this major scale walked down into minor key tunes. Check out “Race With The Devil” and “Lonesome Train.”
Here's an intro in the key of A. This double-stop lick is a real attention grabber. I use almost all down strokes for this one. It keeps it sounding more aggressive.
Can't see your drummer? Not sure how to end that bar fight-inducing jam? This little walkup is built to pull you right to the end with no guesswork. This one is in A major.
This is just a great swinging outro lick in F major that ends with a classic 6/9 chord.
Jason Loughlin has performed with Amos Lee, Rachael Yamagata, James Burton, Mike Viola, Nellie Mckay, Phil Roy, Marshall Crenshaw, Sara Bareillies, Lesley Gore, Ben Arnold and John Francis to name a few. Jason lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn performing and teaching. Look out for his new record, Peach Crate, due out in February. For other info be sure to check his website jasonloughlin.com