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

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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.

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