Jam Track: 80s rock

Don your span­dex and slow things down with our 80s rock bal­lad style jam track

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The 1980s was a time of big hair and tight trousers for rock bands, and acts like Van Halen, Whites­nake, Bon Jovi and Aero­smith ruled the roost.

Our 80s rock style track is played at a se­date 70bpm so it’s the per­fect can­vas for heart­felt, ex­tended so­los. The chords in the verse use the trick of keep­ing the top notes the same whilst the bass notes change – you’ll be hold­ing down the D note on the 3rd fret of the sec­ond string here. The cho­rus is much sim­pler, fea­tur­ing stan­dard rock pow­er­chords in the main. We’ve writ­ten out chord shapes that you can use to play along with the jam track.

For so­los, take in­spi­ra­tion from iconic gui­tarists like Steve Vai or Def Lep­pard’s Phil Collen. Pen­ta­tonic scales sound great and cap­ture the rock vibe of so­los from the pe­riod. For a more melodic ap­proach and if you feel like don­ning your shred hat, try the nat­u­ral mi­nor scale.

Phil Collen pour­ing on the su­gar with his Black Crack­le­jack Jack­son

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