How Rock works

Rock surfaced mid last century coming from Rock and Roll popular music. Since then it has taken on a wide and diverse personality of its own across  multiple genres. It’s  accessible to players of many different levels. We’ll look ‘under the hood’ at the mixing of minor and major scales and chords, the huge influence of the power chord, the concept of the riff and repetitive melody lines and the steady beat and energy behind everything.


We always have a cracking time when we run a Rock course and we’ll cover the following elements:

  • How power chords work and how they only suggest a key and scale rather than dictate it.
  • The importance of the riff.
  • Soloing ideas and phrasing as well as rock techniques such as legato, vibrato, string bending and generally digging in and playing the guitar rather than the other way round – getting that energy!
  • Driving basslines and cool rhythmic chord progressions.
  • ‘The ‘Rock sound’ is also critical and so we’ll delve into how to craft the sound using pedals, amps and pickups.

In addition we’ll look at:

  • Building on scale/chord theory and how it applies to the guitar deriving scales and diatonic chords (including the I, IV, V).
  • Analysing some great solos and how they work over the chord progressions, dissecting and analysing them to see how they work over a chord progression.

As with all our courses, there’ll be non-stop playing using some great tunes throughout; this is a technique-focused, repertoire-laden course with tons of tunes and some practical theory to add context to everything.

Who’s suitable for this course? A broad guideline is that the course is accessible to average-and-above acoustic, electric and bass players; it’s definitely not for beginners. If you can play open and basic barre chords, with a sprinkling of the pentatonic scales in at least one position, then you’re good to go.

Matching a player’s skill level and aspirations to a course isn’t a science! Players can be brilliant at music knowledge but still struggle to play and vice versa. There are two resources which might be able to help you make a self-assessment:

  1. Check out the course suitability guide in FAQs
  2. Request a Course Overview – this contains some ‘should know’ specifics.

Once you’ve looked through the above, a chat about the course is always a good idea. It’s important that you  feel comfortable about the course.

Once signed up, Prep Sheets are available for this course to help with some focused revision/practice and maybe to help fill any knowledge gaps.

Before the course you’ll be sent a comprehensive set of Joining Instructions covering directions to the venue, what to bring and what will be provided, what to do on arrival, etc.

After the course, we make all materials available to you via Dropbox e.g. flip charts, group photos, recordings and videos along with any additional music or information PDFs.

Mini break-outs are used for private practice and consolidating concepts. There will be ample opportunities to jam and perform solo. You’ll also pick up a bunch of hints and tips directly from fellow players.

As with all our courses having fun and a sociable time with like-minded hobbyists is at the heart of everything – it’s as important as the learning and playing!

Our Early Bird Offer is available on this course – the pricing below reflects our December-only offers. See NEWS for details.

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