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