Ritchie Blackmore Style

by Ben Higgins

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  • Welcome to my lesson in the style of the legendary Ritchie Blackmore!

    Apart from Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page, not many people in the world of rock guitar can claim to have given us as many classic riffs as Ritchie!

    Armed with a Strat and a giant stack of Marshalls, Ritchie took guitar performance to a whole new level and it was his riffs that drove the bands Deep Purple and Rainbow that would inspire many successful bands that came after them, not least Iron Maiden & Metallica.

    Back in the late 60's and throughout the 70's, guitar amps didn't have the kind of levels of gain that we're used to these days. Players couldn't hide behind a wall of distortion so every note counted and a player would really have to dig into every note with energy if he wanted to play harder, louder and faster than the rest of them. It's no wonder that all these old school guys knew about great tone because it was the only way to sound good. You had to crank an amp really loud and pick hard to get the chords to distort the most. So, even though the amps were distorted, it was a clean type of distortion and when Ritchie allied that to his single coil Strat sound, it was unmistakeable.

    To be totally authentic, the gain levels are nice and low on this lesson so your picking dynamics will be more noticeable.
    But that's where the fun begins!

    This lesson will work on:

    - Riffing/Rhythm playing
    - Phrasing
    - Picking
    - Vibrato
    - String bending

    So grab your guitars and be aware that when you crank this lesson up loud, all you'll hear........ is Buuuuuuuuuurn!!!

    Tempo: 110bpm

    Gear: Marshall JVM 410H OD2 Green setting. Bass - 3 Mid - 2 Treb - 9 Gain - 3

    Key: G Minor

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