Greetings Fellow Guitar Nuts! We're opening the door to some adventures here with The Rock Island Line. What started out as a theme song composed for a railroad in the early 1900s became one of the most performed folk tunes of the 20th century thanks to The King of The 12 String guitar, Lead Belly. This brings us to the key of E and because it's another I-IV-V7 tune, we'll be playing the A and B7 chords too. In this lesson we'll get familiar with the verse and chorus changes and start finding a groove. Like so many songs it can be played with a number of different feels and we'll settle into a comfortable (and exciting) swing for this. This is social music we're talking about here and The Rock Island Line is not only a great sing along but it gets people dancing! The English skiffle pioneer Lonnie Donegan had a hit with this song in the 50's and set off the skiffle craze which led to the so-called English Invasion. As George Harrison once said "No Lead Belly, No skiffle. No skiffle, no Beatles." Here's the song that is the foundation piece for an entire movement. I hope you love playing it as much as I do!!
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:54 Run-Through of Rock Island Line
Loop 0:54 Leadbelly and What You Will Learn
Loop 2:42 Breakdown of Chorus Chords and Bass Notes
Loop 16:28 Practice Loop of Chorus Chords and Bass Notes
Loop 17:26 Verse Breakdown
Loop 22:15 Practice Loop of Rock Island Line