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early honky tonk sock rhythm
  • I'm reaching out for help/recommendations for learning sock rhythm guitar on an archtop. I really love the sound of the Nashville post WWII honky tonk boom. It's not so much a Western Swingy, Bob Wills, crazy fast tempo thing. Artists I have in mind are Hank Williams, Red Foley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Carl Smith, Eddie Arnold, Lefty Frizzell and Webb Pierce... about 1946 - '56. Below are a few examples from Chris Scruggs and the Stone Fox 5 playing this style and time period.


    Where I'm getting lost is on a song like Move It On Over by Hank. It's a simple 1-4-5 in E, but what chord voicings would I play to get that real percussive snare/sock style down? E6, A6, then B7? Similar question about I've You've Got the Money by Lefty... chords are a simple 1-4-5, but how would Jim or others approach these changes if you're not the guy playing the open chords?
  • “Swing And Big Band Guitar” by Charlton Johnson is a great source for learning traditional rhythm guitar chords and their use. It’s aimed at Freddie Green style rhythm but very applicable to Western styles.
  • These lessons might help...

    Country Swing / San Antonio Rose
    SAMPLE CLIP https://youtu.be/aPufvJ89QTQ 
    This lesson features a full form of a Billy Grammer style chord melody that gives the guitarist an overview of triad application that can be used in any song and every genre. We then cover a full form of a HOT SWINGING LEAD that is is in the style of Eldon Shamblin, Les Paul, Charlie Christian and Django. The rhythm guitar is also covered that is in the style of Freddie Green that is legitimately Country Swing rhythm guitar. It’s over an hour of instruction demonstrated for understanding and development in the context of Bob Wills much loved classic tune.
    Intermediate / Advanced

    Freddie Green Rhythm Style
    Freddie's unobtrusive rhythm harmonies always swing hard. The core and essence of jazz, western swing and Django style rhythm guitar. Jazz Blues, Up A Lazy River and other genre staples - Fairly easy to learn and forever applicable
    Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced

    It's Been a Long, Long Time - Les Paul and My Own Solo Ideas
    SAMPLE CLIP: https://youtu.be/UOPxcGwP8n0 
    On this lesson I combined two Les Paul solos, one from "Chester and Lester" version and from the original Bing Crosby recording that creates one of the prettiest solos I've ever played. Additionally I add another solo form of my own creation that combines arpeggios and melody. This is a great study for C to C#dim7 to Dm7 phrases that are a reoccurring mainstay in hundreds of standards. I also include the rhythm that includes bass movement that to me, replicates a mini-piano. Both the Bing Crosby and the Chester and Lester intros are included too. This lesson is fun filled with licks and techniques in the context of one of the loveliest tunes ever written.

    Panhandle Rag
    SAMPLE CLIP http://youtu.be/pMFbCyCqwdE 
    My favorite lesson that I offer and I'm proud of it's unique and simple focus on a subject that alluded me for years. A user friendly overview on how to superimpose jazz changes over basic chord progressions. This will enable the student to weave jazz lines over simple changes. This simple approach is applicable to Rockabilly, Blues, Swing etc... Includes dozens of improvisational ideas including steel guitar voicings, jazz chords and lines, triads, arpeggios, and more. 
  • I think Jim’s lessons and the Johnson book compliment each other well. Johnson provides the reference, and Jim gives you examples, usage, and context. I’ve learned much from both.

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