Open Chords Rock Rhythm

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC! Welcome to my new rock lesson. This is a rhythm lesson in the style of Poison, Motley Crue, AC/DC, Buckcherry, and many other hard/glam rock bands. I find this lesson appropriated to beginner/intermediate players and also to every 80's hard rock lover. In this one we are going to combine power chords with many sus4 chords and sixth chords. We have been talking about the power chords in the previous rock lessons. It's basically a chord that contains only a root and a perfect fifth degree. That's the reason why its symbol is a 5 (Check the chord progression added over the tabs). The suspended fourth chords (sus4 or sus) are triads which the fourth scale step replaces the third. Replacing the third with the fourth creates a feeling of being suspended, waiting for a resolution to return the chord to its original quality. It's because the third is the strongest marker of chord quality.

    The lesson's structure is like a short song structure. You'll find the intro, the verse, the chorus and the bridge or ending riff.

    Key: Am
    Tempo: 130 bpm

    Try to learn this stuff and then use A pentatonic minor scale to practice solo improvisation over this lesson. It's very amazing. I would like to hear your own hard/glam rock compositions using power chords, sus4, sixth chords and pentatonic minor scale in my personal GMC forum!

    See you!


    Pd: If you liked this lesson check Buckcherry's album 15 and also any Poison's and Motley Crue album.

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