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GUITAR STYLES: 1950's Early American Rock 'N Roll

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Published on Aug 23, 2011

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Q: I've been playing guitar for two years and I like the older original rock 'n roll from the 1950's. Can you do a basic video lesson discussing the 1950's rock guitar style. Mainly on what the rhythm guitarist is thinking about to create the rhythm riffs and the scale that seems to be half major and half minor. I know that the basic scale approach is using pentatonic, but I'm confused on the full seven-tone scale that get's used by guy's like; Scotty Moore, James Burton and Chuck Berry. Thanks for reading my question.
Paul -- Woodridge, Illinois

A: The late 40's & early 1950's was a period where we saw the formation of a style drawn out of a fusion of country & western with swing, as well as, some R&B. It eventually became incredibly well-known as American Rock 'N Roll. In this video lesson we'll keep things pretty straight-forward for guitarists like Paul and some of the other Introductory level guitarists like him. We'll begin by taking a look at the typical rhythm progression that was used on many of the early recordings, as well as, the scale that is most widely used by the guitar players who dominated the early days of establishing this style.

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