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Play Like Your Heroes: Rock

Play Like Your Heroes: Rock

Play Like Your Heroes: Rock

We’ve dug deep into Guitar Techniques’ vaults to bring you some of its best rock lessons, from 60s blues-rockers to the most technically gifted guitarists in history. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies.

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1 min.

PLAY LIKE YOUR HEROES rock wouldn’t exist without guitars and amps. It came about when the blues, R&B and pop bands of the 1960s came of age and wanted to make more of their music; to take it to new (and louder) places. Take just one musician: Eric Clapton started in London-based R&B band The Yardbirds with a Fender Telecaster and Vox AC30 (the amp of The Shadows and Beatles); he then moved to John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers where those instruments gave way to a Gibson Les Paul and 50-watt Marshall combo (and Eric turned up louder for more distortion); just a year or so later his 5o-watt combo had become two huge Marshall 100-watt stacks, set flat out and with a fuzz pedal in the front! And so it continued with…

3 min.
tab user guide

RELATING TAB TO YOUR FRETBOARD HAND LABELLING Here are the abbreviations used for each finger: Fretting hand: 1, 2, 3, 4, (T) Picking hand: p (thumb), i (first finger), m (second), a (third), c (fourth). NUT & FRETBOARD The fretbox diagram above represents the fretboard exactly, as seen in the accompanying photo. This is for ease of visualising a fretboard scale or chord quickly. CHORD EXAMPLE The diagram represents the G chord in the photo. The ‘O’ symbol is an open string, and a circled number is a fretting finger. Intervals are shown below. SCALE EXAMPLE The diagram shows the fretting-hand fingering for the A major scale (root notes in black). The photo shows part of the scale being played on the fourth string with first, third and fourth fingers. READ THE MUSIC Each tutorial features music notation and guitar…

2 min.
35 rock chords ...you need to know!

We spend much more time playing rhythm than we ever do soloing. So being a decent chord player is vital if you want to be a good all-rounder. In rock the chords used are ‘straighter’, with fewer ‘sweet’ sounds than you’d ?nd in pop, jazz or even blues. Some players just hit the bottom two or three notes of chords, leaving out the 3rd so they are neither major nor minor. Others literally just fret the root and 5th (say 5th fret, sixth string and ?th fret, ?fth string) to create a ‘power chord’ or ‘5’ chord. However, it never hurts to know a few choice shapes, and since artists like Queen, Santana, Joe Satriani, Muse, Pink Floyd and others do throw in a few curved balls from time to…

4 min.
blues rock

After the R&B and blues booms of the early and mid-60s, the guitar world was experiencing all kinds of growth: amps were getting bigger and louder, technique ever more spectacular and effects pedals were becoming the new rage. Playing covers of blues standards had given way to the writing of original songs that displayed this newfound ability, testosterone-driven attitude and more distorted guitar tones. Compositions were often built on heavy riffs, while a guitar solo was not so much an option as a prerequisite. The following artists helped shape this brave new world. Hailing from as far a?eld as Mexico and London, Belfast and Seattle, they had one love in common: the music of the previous generation of black American blues masters, among them Albert, Freddie and BB King, Muddy Waters,…

1 min.
blues rock rolling stones

EXAMPLE ROLLING STONES STYLE RHYTHM Rhythm part] The key is shown as G major although the A major chord in our sequence is not strictly ‘in key’ - strictly speaking this should be A minor, but blues has always broken the rules and The Stones are no exception If you listen to early Stones tracks you’ll find the rhythm parts are not consistent throughout - Brian Jones, Keith Richards or Mick Taylor would have been reacting to the song live as it was played, so feel free to experiment. EXAMPLE ROLLING STONES STYLE LEAD [Lead part] The scale used is mainly the classic scale used in blues - A minor Pentatonic (A-C-D-E-G) but, as often happens, other notes are added, incuding C# and F# (major 3rd and 6th) in the first few bars. There’s…

2 min.
blues rock jimi hendrix

EXAMPLE HENDRIX STYLE 12-BAR SOLO IN E [Bars 0-2] There are lots of cool Hendrix-isms here and some of them might take several goes to get right. For instance, for the ‘catch’ bend in bar 2, the trick is to bend second and third strings together, sounding the second string on the way up, shifting the weight across, and letting the third string down. [Bars 3-4] This phrase is based around the sound of 6ths. It’s a common device in many styles with guitar at the fore - blues, country and rock in particular. [Bars 5-6] In these two bars we’re shifting towards A7 and signalling the change by using the A minor Blues scale (A-C-D-Eb-E-G). Notice that this is simply the minor Pentatonic with one note (the b5) added. Once again we…