With so many great songs written about old-time rock and roll, you may wonder if it’s even possible to learn some of those techniques. Fortunately, there are some good programs out there that will help you learn most, if not all, of the basics. Learning these songs will help you understand what makes them unique and just as important as other genres.
One of the best things about old-time rock and roll is being able to listen and dance along to great songs. It’s a bit different than modern music in that the tempo and pace are usually slower. That makes it very easy for people to listen and to feel like they are really part of the song. If you really want to learn some of these old songs, learning the songs first will be essential. You’ll have to practice the technique at home first before you can try it out on a guitar or another instrument.
A few of the old standards are “unes” by the Monkees, “I’m a Believer” by Rod Stewart, and, believe it or not, “Mystery Train” by Bob Dylan. You’ll find that learning the basics of these songs will help you with your technique. The “unes” examples above come from “I Like That Old Time Rock and Roll Guitar” by The Monkees. Listen to this song and try a few of the phrases out. If you remember them, this will give you an advantage over people who don’t listen to this song often. They may not know how to play it as well as you do.
“I Like That Old Time Rock and Roll Guitar” also has great examples for the techniques involved. The first technique is called the minor pentatonic scale pattern. If you only know the standard shape for the minor pentatonic, this is the shape for you. Just learn to repeat the scale pattern in the beginning, then change from there to become more comfortable with it. This is a good lesson for beginners. You’ll need to practice this a lot if you want to really get good at it.
“That Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Dylan also contain a great example. Here, he starts the song with one chord, the G, then proceeds to change it into the F# minor and finish up the song with a perfect E. The best part is that even though this song was released decades ago, it’s still incredibly effective. It’s worth listening to just for that classic guitar sound. I guess that’s what I like about old-time rock and roll. It’s like no other.
“Mr. Tambourine Man” by Billy Joel is another example. This is also a pretty good song, which was actually inspired by Old Time Rock and Roll. Here, he plays the G note, then adds a C and finishes it off by playing a G# minor chord. It’s quite an easy progression and the way Billy highlights the chords makes everything come together beautifully.
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by the Monkees is another great oldie. This is about dealing with the normal everyday stress of life. It’s very simple, but at the same time memorable. It’s sung by two guys, John Entwistle and Tommy Lee. It’s probably the best song they ever wrote, period.
There are much more old-time rock and roll songs that you can listen to. Some are better versions of songs we know today while others still manage to stay on target. It’s all relative. If you’re looking for old-time rock and roll songs to listen to during a jam session or for your first few practicing guitar solos, these are the ones for you. You’ll be glad you did.