Advanced Rock Guitar
The Advanced Rock book is divided into three sections – Scales, Solos and Songs. The Scales and Solos have a combined objective of teaching and applying the fundamentals of soloing. The scale section introduces relevant scales in rock soloing, including major, minor, minor pentatonic and blues scales. Within the context of these scales, picking exercises, soloing practice and licks are also introduced. The Solo section is comprised of established solos and melodies, all performed in the context of duets or trios, so that there is a relevant and meaningful application.
The Song section presents songs with a variety of skill level. The most rewarding (and technically demanding) for my students have been the Classic Rock Fingerstyle songs. Widely considered to be among the "greatest" acoustic rock songs of all time, they are huge trophies of accomplishment for any guitarist, let alone a high school student. But more than their notoriety, most of these songs are excellent studies in advanced technique. For example, Over the Hills and Far Away, (as well as the Eruption solo and Pink Panther) makes a great study on hammer-on and pull off's. Roundabout is a perfect study of harmonics. Other acoustic-based rock songs, such as Daughters, Drive and Give a Little a Little Bit serve to introduce students to non-standard chords and/or playing chords out of first position. Additionally, the book also contains much easier strumming-songs that are intended to be review/transition songs for my second-year students at the beginning of the school year.
As a note to the guitar educator, it is not necessary to go through this book systematically from beginning to end. Much like the third and fourth-year curriculum in the Advanced Classical Book, my intention was to create second-year rock material that was a natural extension of the first-year curriculum, but not necessarily that all the material had to be used. In my program, the classic rock fingerstyle songs have worked really well. However, due mostly to a lack of time, the soloing material is sometimes postponed until the third year, or not used at all. Feel free to pick and choose whatever material works for your program.
Advanced Guitar For the Classroom – Rock Guitar
Below, you can download a single pdf of the complete Advanced Rock Guitar Book or download individual material.
The Complete advanced ROCK Guitar Book
Restrictions of Use
Below is a pdf of the Advanced Rock Book for you to download for free. You have permission to distribute this book to your students as digital or hard copies. However, you are strictly forbidden from receiving compensation in any form or context for this book or any other material on this website. This includes your recordings of my compositions and arrangements. Thank you.
By downloading this curriculum, you understand and agree to the above terms.
Individual Songs and Material from the Advanced Rock Book
Note: Some of the songs and exercises may not include tabs. If you prefer a tab version, contact me and I'll upload one.
Scales & Licks
major scale & exercises
Classic Rock Licks
Developing Soloing Technique
Melodies & Solos to Develop Picking Technique
Tango to evora
*GERUDO VALLEY (TRIO)
stairway to heaven solo (2 Versions)
Below are two versions of Jimmy Page's guitar solo. The electric version is a literal transcription. The acoustic version is an adaptation of the electric and is only an excerpt. Since my students use classical guitar, it is not possible to make the string bends that you can with the electric version. Instead, I incorporate slides. Also, it is not possible (or practical) to play notes on the 20th fret, since most classical guitars don't have that fret! Thus, that part of the solo is left out. Still, it's a good solo to tackle, even on an acoustic, especially when learning minor pentatonic scales.
After learning the solos, it is highly recommended that students play it in the context of a duet, where one student plays the Am – Am7/G – F chord progression while the other plays the solo.
For ease in the learning curve of this solo, I made three versions: Slow, Medium and Normal.
Hammer-On's & Pull-Off's
Classic Rock FingerStyle Songs
Other Acoustic Rock Songs
Beginning Piano for the Classroom
Developing this curriculum for my high school piano students was with the awareness that most of my students do not have a piano or keyboard at home, which meant that their only practice time was during class. Considering that, as well as the fact that classes meet only two or three times per week, the pace of the class is slower than if a student had an opportunity to practice every day. For classroom piano educators with a similar situation, the book below should last a full school year. For students who are able to learn at a faster pace, either because they are able to get additional practice at home, or perhaps they entered the beginning class with some prior music experience, if they complete the beginning book before the end of the school year, I created supplemental, intermediate-level repertoire, also below. This repertoire also works well with my second-year students.
Beginning Piano book
Restrictions of Use
30. Etude (Czerny)
30. Etude (Duvernoy)