Jam Track: 70s Riff Rock
Take inspiration from some of rock’s greatest icons and jam along with this month’s 70s-style rock track
During the 1960s and 70s guitar amplification became gradually more powerful and players responded in kind, evolving the blues into what would become rock. Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Angus Young and many more were typically plugging humbucker equipped guitars into Marshall amps and cranking up the volume to get their tone.
Our 70s riff rock-style backing track is packed full of vibe and swagger. The intro combines an open A5 chord with C and G notes to create an infectious riff. The verse uses a variety of powerchords in the key of A minor. The chorus reprises our main riff and some of the verse chords.
When soloing you can use the A minor pentatonic scale to create some rocking lines. Blues and rock-oriented ideas generally work best for this style and our tabbed example utilises some typical string bends. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try some more advanced techniques, such as tapping or whammy bar divebombs.