Jump to content

Rockabilly for beginners?

Recommended Posts

I may be dreaming here, but does anyone have any advice for using open chords to get a rockabilly sound. I am just a beginner working on open chords. I love rockabilly, and if I could practice my chords while having a rockabilly sound it sure would be fun! I know rockabilly is very advanced, and the sound probably cant be achieved with open chords. But, maybe there is something close. Thanks, Jared

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

E, G, A, C, D

- Maj,m,m7,maj7

those chords with those extentions are the most used

Best bet is to do a you tube seach for beginner rockabilly vids. Sure to be some

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I would go to www.guitar tabs.net theres many tab sites where u can find your favourite rock songs.Is it songs u want?

Do u like matallica if so heres an easy tab of Nothing else matters

Some bon jovi,aerosmith, bryan adams i learnt in my early stages


Do u know and like its been a while by staind sounds great and so easy


A band i really like alice in chains Down in a hole


Guns n roses Patience


Guns n roses sweet child o mine


Hope u like these i can probably suggest more if u want

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi J Cagle, welcome to the forum, here's a pretty short video lesson from one of my favourite Rockabilly guitarists Brian Setzer from Stray Cats, there's a tab above the video, check out his other lessons too it's just fun to watch him play, if you want to play Rockabilly learn some Travis picking that's a good way to go. Here's the lesson. love his guitar.


Here's another one too relating to Travis picking,

Hope this helps

All The Best


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Brian Setzer is awesome! Ive been a huge Stray Cats fan since I was old enough to walk. I love watching both these videos but, damn they are discouraging! haha Makes it seem impossible to ever be able to play like that.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


The first part , example 1, of the Setzer video is an E minor chord. He uses the 6th and 5th string on that one. That would be a good starting point for you. I'd love to get to the point of playing like example 8 !!

The other video on Travis style picking is a really good explanation of how to start doing that kind of picking....But WARNING!! You really gotta start slow and work your way up to speed.

Good Luck and have fun!!!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.