|Jam With The Jime, Rockabilly Jam Tracks
Vince Gordon, 2006
A CD with rockabilly backing tracks for musicians to play along to.
What it is:
The tracks are in the basic so-called 12-bar 'blues' format that fits countless rockabilly songs. Theyíre all in the key of A, which is by far the most popular key in Rockabilly. The 18 tracks are in 9 different tempos. From 120 bpm to 200 bpm (bpm = Beats Per Minute).
What itís not:
In keeping with the concept of the CD there's no lead guitar on the tracks or any other lead instruments.
Review by guitarist and music teacher Stu Frederick (PA, USA).
The rhythm section is so consistently dry and non-invasive, that you can use it to develop rhythm work as well as leads.
In my studio, I suddenly realized I could turn to the piano and work on my Jimmy Johnson. Sitting in my studio with one of my more accomplished students, I let him handle the guitar alone and got out my harmonica. We had a really good jam session.
It was a great lesson in musical communication, the hard concept to teach, especially if you only have a metronome to drive the beat. I'm always looking for ways to motivate students and to give them reasons to play at home. Getting them to open a lesson book can be tough. But how about popping in a CD to play along? Duck soup!
That goes for me, too. Now I've got a real good way of raising the bar on myself when I'm working on finger-style or a fast run. And I don't need the rest of my band there to do it.
Vince Gordon passed away in 2016, please visit his tribute page:
Information provided by Stu Frederick, The Rivers Rockabilly Trio, 2006