Learn to Play Rock Guitar

Acoustic and Electric Rock Guitar Lessons 

Contemporary and Rock guitar lessons cover a wide range of styles and techniques, for both acoustic and electric guitar. This genre includes the vast majority of songs or bands that inspire people to take guitar lessons. There’s an excellent chance that this is what you are after.

Beginning Players

Will find that skilful guidance helps them to race through the early stages of guitar at a rate that they could never really achieve on their own. Have you tried learning from tab or youtube yourself but feel like something is missing? There is no substitute for learning guitar from an experienced guitar teacher who can provide real-time feedback and specific demonstration.

 

Intermediate and Advanced Players

Especially those who feel as though their progressed has really slowed, can begin really expanding on what they already know but pushing into areas that they may not have known about or tried exploring yet. Many intermediate guitarists who have learnt the basics of pop/rock guitar reach a kind-of plateau and feel that progress becomes difficult and slow. Or perhaps they just don’t know how much more there is for them to learn! Sometimes after learning the open and bar chord shapes and a few scales a guitar-player can wonder what comes next or how they can really put all of this together into one seamless approach to playing.

So What Can You Learn In Rock Guitar Lessons?

60’s and 70’s

  • Beatles
  • Johnny Cash
  • Bee Gees
  • Cream
  • Elvis
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Carlos Santana
  • Pink Floyd

90s acoustic hits / radio rock / grunge

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Fuel
  • Matchbox 20
  • Soundgarden
  • Nirvana
  • Green Day
  • Oasis

80’s

  • ACDC
  • U2
  • Crowded House
  • Cold Chisel
  • Guns N Roses
  • Aerosmith
  • INXS
  • Neil Young etc.

Modern alternative, indie, pop and rock

  • John Mayer
  • Jason Mraz
  • Jack Johnson
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Foo Fighters
  • Karnivool
  • Coldplay
  • Foals

60’s and 70’s

  • Beatles
  • Johnny Cash
  • Bee Gees
  • Cream
  • Elvis
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Carlos Santana
  • Pink Floyd

80’s

  • ACDC
  • U2
  • Crowded House
  • Cold Chisel
  • Guns N Roses
  • Aerosmith
  • INXS
  • Neil Young etc.

90s acoustic hits / radio rock / grunge

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Fuel
  • Matchbox 20
  • Soundgarden
  • Nirvana
  • Green Day
  • Oasis

Modern alternative, indie, pop and rock

  • John Mayer
  • Jason Mraz
  • Jack Johnson
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Foo Fighters
  • Karnivool
  • Coldplay
  • Foals

Demonstrations of rock/pop styles & techniques

Jack has a unique, percussive way of playing acoustic guitar that a lot of people like the sound of. He usually plays bar chords using syncopated rhythms muted accents which give the impression of sounding like drums. Here is a short medley of a few of his songs to illustrate this style.
The main riff of everlong is actually played with only fast downstrokes, giving a unique sound and feel. Also, Dave Grohl (being a legendary drummer) separates the chord into the lowest note and the two remaining high notes resembling a kick/snare drum pattern.
Ed Sheeran has a style very similar to Jack, although he tends to strum with his fingers a little more often which gives a softer attack on the strings. This song neatly weaves the melody and the chords together into one part.
Learning lead and melodic playing can unlock a whole new realm of expression to your playing. One of the best sources of melodies is actually vocals! This clip was made using a Cole Clark FL2, Big Foot Stomp Box and the vocal melody was played on a Fender custom Strat, bridge pickup, into the Axe FX 2 using a model of a Dumble amp set to lead channel 2.
This recording is an example of how you can take a simple song with open chords and add strong rhythmic elements to bring out its groove. Listen for the stomp box and mutes playing the roles of kick and snare while the chords carry on in the background.
A classic song and an amazing technique to learn here. John Frusciante likes the sound of strumming strings hard and in Can’t Stop, each note of the riff is actually strummed fully while the fretting hand mutes any unwanted strings, leaving only one note at a time. A very fun technique and song to learn.