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Rock Essentials Level 1

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The tools to rock!

Welcome to our Rock Essentials Level 1 course! In this course, we welcome our fantastic tutor, Claire, to walk you through the core techniques, skills, and concepts of rock guitar playing. We look at the way great rock stars blend pentatonic riffs, cool darker notes, and a range of rock chords that combine to make "heavy riffs!" And as for lead, we tackle the scales at work in rock music, revolving licks, sequences, speed development, rock techniques (such as vibrato, rock bends etc) and even how to phrase and build your solos correctly.

We need to not only teach the techniques and skills required, but also the feel, passion and energy of rock!

Claire Genoud

Monster riffs and searing lead

This course will take you on a journey of the rock genre, from classic rock to more modern sounds, working with the rhythm and lead approach you need to be a rock player. We feel strongly that a great rock guitar player should be comfortable stepping back and chugging on some monster riffs, as well as putting one foot up on the monitor and improvising a mean solo!


20 HD videos

Full lesson notes

Backing tracks

Supporting diagrams

Interactive guitar tab

This course includes the following 4 units:

Unit 1

Revolving Rock

We're jumping straight in this first unit, head first, with your first solo. The solo has a Slash vibe and is all about taking your pentatonic shapes, adding a few extra notes, and working on the feel and energy behind rock playing.

Lesson 1B "Rock"

Lesson 2First 4 Bars

Lesson 3Bars 5 to 8

Lesson 4Bars 9 to 12

Lesson 5Bars 13 to 16

Unit 2


For this unit, we will leave the world of lead guitar and pull our attention to the world of rock rhythm guitar! The great thing about rock rhythm is that we are always on the edge of breaking into lead guitar.

Lesson 1The Core Riff

Lesson 2Downstrokes

Lesson 3E7#9

Lesson 4B Section

Lesson 5All Together

Unit 3

Rock Technique Builder

Up to this point, we've been diving into great rock tracks and working through all the skills, techniques and theories behind all of them. In this unit, we're going to take a break from learning full tracks and focus instead on building your technique.

Lesson 1Rotating Lick 1

Lesson 2Rotating Lick 2

Lesson 3Finger Strength 1

Lesson 4Finger Strength 2

Lesson 5In Practice

Unit 4

Slow Jam

For our final unit, we're bringing it all together. Groove, chords, melodies and epic soloing! This is a true test of what we have been learning, and it's a full song to learn and master!

Lesson 1The Groove

Lesson 2Key Change

Lesson 3The Melody

Lesson 4The Solo

Lesson 5The Solo Part 2

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