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    I want to learn to play like Brian Setzer.

    So I've been a Setzer fan for as long as I've been playing guitar, but only started trying to learn his kind of rockabilly for about 6 months.

    I would REALLY like to learn to play and write in that style, but other than trying to learn his songs (I can play Stray Cat Strut [as well as sing it!] and Double Talkin' Baby pretty cleanly) I don't really feel like I can play/write in that style as naturally as I can play 80's metal and blues shred (those are what my playing roots are in).

    The guy took simple Rockabilly and took it to the next level. A virtuoso of that particular style IMHO.

    Any pointers? Any method books or DVDs that you guys know of? I know I can't be the only one that respects the man! He has roots in jazz, country, rock, and punk. I just don't know where to start.

    Rockabilly can kick ass! Leather jackets, hot rods, whiskey, and babes! What's not to like?

    [VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgUCs72RDHs]YouTube - Brian Setzer Guitar Lesson![/VIDEO]

    [VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMJOPno3jWY]YouTube - Brian Setzer - Sleepwalk[/VIDEO]

    [VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4TMbxG-VeI]YouTube - Stray Cats - (She's) Sexy + 17[/VIDEO]

    [VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKdAVYKYZfo]YouTube - Storm The Embassy-Stray Cats[/VIDEO]

    [VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1tqEoh3mS4]YouTube - Brian Setzer Talks Rockabilly vs. Punk Guitar (1985)[/VIDEO]

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    Pointer #1 - you gotta have that hair, man.

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    At the risk of sounding obvious, he has a Hotlicks vid which looks pretty interesting.
    "The greatest power one may possess -- in any situation -- is simply not to care what happens.

    "In fact, it's the only power, all others being a semblance and mockery of it. But you must also not care about possessing the power itself. So fuck it."

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