Brian Setzer on rockabilly picking using open chords

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Brian Setzer is one of the most successful rockabilly artists of all time, having had a string of hits with his band Stray Cats before releasing numerous solo albums and playing with the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

In this video lesson, Brian slows down a basic rockabilly picking style in the open position - a style typical of his guitar playing.

As well as being a world class player, Brian is also a natural teacher: “One day when it´s time to say, ‘Ok, I´ve said my piece,´ what I´ll probably do is teach guitar. It´s funny, because I´m not a patient person in general. I´m more, ‘Let´s get it done.´ But I´ve actually got a lot of patience when I´m showing people things. I could sit all afternoon showing somebody stuff on guitar and when they get it, and that light bulb goes off, it´s very satisfying.”

More information on Brian is available at the official Brain Setzer website.

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