Did you know Pop and Rock had their own “Renaissance?” That’s right! “The Space Age,” another fitting name for the ’50s and ’60s, was a time of reimagining music. And, the electric
In his course, Space Age Rock ‘n Roll Guidebook, BJ Baartmans explores the stylings of these artists and the techniques you can use to replicate their sounds.
Here are 6 free space age rock
F# Slow Train: Performance
The main riff of this song is a typical 2 step “train” groove played to a half-time beat. It’s based on the traditional Travis picking style, like Scotty Moore and James Burton would use on Elvis Presley records. However, the new beat gives it a whole different sound.
F# Slow Train: Breakdown
I’m also using a simple Ernie Ball phaser pedal here that sort of lives its own life as a tone tweaker. It makes the riff pop out stronger and gives the whole song a bit of a spacier sound. The other typical thing in this track is that it’s in the key of F#. This give it a cool open string dominant 7 flavor.
Sally A Train: Performance
“Sally Why” is a tune more than a bit related to Dale Hawkins’ “Suzy Q”. More precisely, the riff that James Burton played on the original recording from 1954. He played it with a very clean Telecaster sound, but these kinds of riffs are also great with a good deal of overdrive.
Sally A Train: Breakdown
Come On Eddy 2: Performance
Here’s another straight rocker where Eddie Cochran and Duane Eddy meet with a country picker in overdrive mode. The rhythm
Come On Eddy 2: Breakdown
Anyway, the lesson is divided in two again. First, there’s the rhythm track that combines typical single note rock and roll lines with rhythmical accents on the higher strings. There’s also some piano like triads in the bridge. The lead part of the song is a combination of styles that even has a few Django inspired arpeggio riffs in it. Not quite what you’d expect here, but nice anyway.
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