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April 10, 2013

Classic Rock Styles

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Written by: Mike Abbott

From Dylan to Nirvana, many classic rock styles survive the
test of time!

Classic Rock Strumming

Try both strums with other chords also like Cand
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Classic Strum 1
because of the tie, you must miss the strum on
beat 3 – don’t stop the strum motion.

A classic rock guitar strum


Classic Strum 2
Only include the top 3 or 4 strings on the the
strums – use mostly wrist on this strum

try another classic rock strum

Hear these classic rock strums in: Nirvana’s version of “The Man Who Sold the
Bob Dylan’s ” Mr. Tambourine Man” The Eagle’s “Take It Easy”
The Beatle’s “The Ballad of John and Yoko”  


  • Listen to the Rock Strum Examples carefully
  • First practice these Examples slowly without the metronome
  • Then try to play the Examples with the metronome set between
    50 and 70

Classic Rock – Ringing Arpeggios

  • 2nd and 3rd fingers stay down through the whole exercise. Add
    1st finger for Am, 4th finger for A11


  • Use either all downpicks or alternating
    picking. After mastering these, you can try a different picking


  • Keep your right pinky finger down


Hear these kinds of classic rock arpeggios
Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven”
Metallica – “Nothing Else Matters”
Fuel -“Hemorrhage(in my hands)”


  • Listen to the Arpeggios carefully
  • Then try to play the them with the metronome set between 50
    and 70

About the Author

Mike Abbott
Mike is a pro guitarist and music educator.  He has performed with such diverse acts as the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Bacharach.   After spending much of his music career in New York City, He now is a very busy guitarist in the Denver area, performing and teaching extensively. Mike's latest work is a book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, published by Harper Collins and released in December 2012.



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