Brian Setzer: How to Shred Like a Rockabilly Master

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Rockabilly swinger Brian Setzer turned 58 earlier this week (April 10), and the gang over at have posted three new lesson videos in his honor.

In the new clips, Joe from Reverb grabs an attractive Gretsch 6120 and breaks down three representative (but not overplayed) Setzer riffs and/or solos:

• "Hillbilly Jazz Meltdown" riff (from 2011's Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!)
• "Hot Rod Girl" solo from (from 2001's Ignition!)
• "Ignition!" riff (also from 2001's Ignition!)

Be sure to look for our upcoming guide to 10 essential rockabilly guitar solos and riffs, a list compiled with input from top players including Paul Pigat and TK Smith. Obviously, Setzer will figure heavily in that list—even though his vocabulary borrows as much from jazz and blues as it does from rock and rockabilly.

You can watch each clip individually or just stick with the top clip, which kicks off a YouTube playlist featuring all three lessons. Enjoy!