Will Ripley picks up where he left off in his Phase 1 Beginner series with this series: Classic Rock Guitar. Learn timeless rock techniques through special tracks that Will has prepared in the styles of some of the greatest artists of all time: Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Young, Guns 'n' Roses, just to name a few.
Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.
Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.
506 of 516 of our members have given this their approval.
Download tabs, helpers, JamTracks and docs included with lessons.
Learn timeless rock techniques in this series: Classic Rock Guitar. Will Ripley has prepared special tracks in the styles of some of the greatest artists of all time. Through these tracks, you will learn all the techniques you need to know to make you sound like you just stepped out of the classic rock era!Begin the Course
Get ready to learn some timeless classic techniques in this series, Classic Rock Guitar. In this lesson, Will gives an introduction to what you'll find in the series.
To kick off the series, Will briefly goes over some of the foundational techniques you will need to know to get through this series.
Will gets us going with a very cool yet simple single note riff in the style of the band Heart.
Things take a bit of heavier turn with this riff in the style of Ozzy! Work on your hammer-ons, power chords and huge sounding open chords.
Will continues with a track in the style of Ozzy Osbourne, getting into the chorus section.
Will continues with single note riffs and this classic sounding riff in the style of Hendrix. This is a great one for visualizing octave shapes while playing riffs.
Funky is the name of the game here with this riff in the style of The James Gang or Aerosmith. There's some nice chromatic movement, and a chance to work on your alternate picking. Rip it up!
Blues is one of the cornerstones of rock guitar playing, especially classic rock. This catchy riff in the style of Cream will have have you wanting to start a power trio right away!
In Will's Phase 1 course, he introduced you to the pentatonic scale. Now, he takes you to the next level with a unique way of practicing these scales that will have you using them in solos in no time!
Knowing your 5 pentatonic shapes inside an out is crucial, especially now that Will is going to show us a whole new perspective on playing these essential rock guitar scales.
Another classic sounding tune coming at ya here... This one has an emphasis on fast moving power chord shapes.
In part 2 of this lesson, we get into the heavier sounding section of the song. Get ready to channel your inner Guns 'n' Roses!
Now Will brings the energy down a bit with this Neil Young-esque track. He shows you some very cool embellishments for your open chords that will give your songs a lot of color!
There's more to your open chords than you may realize. In this lesson, Will shows us how to get the most out of some of these chords by making a few modifications and embellishments.
Continuing on this Neil Young-Lynyrd Skynyrd -esque track, it's all about the chords, and making the chords sound cool and professional. Will shows us some nice F chord variations, then puts it all together with the track!
In this lesson, Will takes the open chords you learned in the previous three lessons and shows you how to play them in different positions up the neck adding to the sound palette of this track!
Here's another great chord exercise, using a classic sounding track in the style of Boston or Lynryrd Skynyrd. There are lots of variations on chords found in the key of D here!
Will now transitions in to more lead oriented playing, starting a must know technique: String bending!
Now that you've learned how to bend strings, add some vibrato to make those notes sing, and make your guitar sustain even longer!
Blues is a huge part of classic rock, and this lesson in the style of ZZ Top introduces you to some traditional sounding blues/rock licks that you can use over lots of classic rock tracks!
Now that Will has showed us the lead licks, he clues us in on the super groovy rhythm part of the ZZ Top sounding tune!
Earlier in the series, Will gave us a taste of this Jimi Hendrix style track. Now he's going to teach the entire song. Get ready for some serious Hendrix rock and roll attitude!
In this lesson, Will continues with this Hendrix-esque track, showing us those gritty licks up the neck just like Jimi would play!
Up until now, Will has mostly been working in the minor pentatonic scale. In this lesson, he introduces us to a major pentatonic sound, that will inspire lots of new ideas!
The blending of major and minor pentatonic scales is a technique commonly found in classic rock and blues. Will shows us some really simple ideas to get us started on this cool sounding technique!
In this very classic sounding track, Will covers some essential rhythm guitar techniques as well as some lead guitar licks that will help you get "the bends"!
Will continues in the super classic sounding track, this time showing you some extremely useful inversion chords.
Now Will gets into the gritty rhythm guitar parts of the track. You'll learn to play power chords in ways you perhaps never thought of before. Get ready to rock!
In this lesson, Will shows us some atmospheric sounding chord voicings as well as a driving rhythm part that adds a definite 'cool' factor to this track. Then, he goes over all the parts with the track!
This is a great blues-rock track that conjures up images of Eric Clapton with Cream, and a dash of Jimi Hendrix thrown in. In the next two lessons, Will covers both rhythm and lead aspects of the tune.
Continuing with this track, Will now shows us a classic lead guitar technique known as "sixths".
In this very Led Zeppelin-esque track, you'll learn about intervals, huge sounding chords, and unison bends. In other words, lots of great classic rock techniques!
In part two of this lesson, Will expands on the chorus section and shows us that gritty rock guitar technique - unison bends.
There are definite echoes of Malcolm and Angus Young in this vintage rocker. Will covers all the rhythm and lead parts for you, and you will soon learn these techniques will translate to lots of other songs!
Continuing with this track, Will shows us an alternate rhythm guitar part that conjures up images of Dire Straits, all the while teaching super important chord inversions!
Now Will gets into the lead guitar parts of this classic sounding track, including blending major and minor pentatonic ideas.
Having covered some of the riff elements of this track in a previous lesson, Will now shows us the super funky rhythm parts that will complete the track.
Earlier in the series, Will showed us a cool single note riff in the style of Heart. Now, he returns to the entire track to show us some driving rhythm guitar parts!
Continuing with this track in the style of Heart, Will gets you going on vintage riffs played off the one finger A chord.
Strumming and chords are just as big a part of classic rock as playing riffs is! In this lesson, Will teaches us the art of switching chords with minimal movement to keep the groove clean and tight.
Will wraps up this track by taking a look at playing some lead guitar lines that soar right off of the original riff we learned all the way back in lesson 3 of this series!
Time to build those chops! Here's a lick that makes you think of Jimmy Page, and it's not as hard as it seems at first. Will gets you playing the basics, and pretty soon this lick will be smokin'!
In this lesson Will shows us some other "classic" licks that you can add to your repertoire. These can be integrated in all sorts of classic rock and blues songs!
Let's Start. Together.
Setup your account and explore our courses, teaching tools and resources.Get Started
These type of licks would be impossible to pick up just watching guitarists play. Another major step forward, thanks Will
All of the above
all of the obove A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Will has the same taste in classic rock as me, I'm loving the lessons he puts on.
Authntic rock themes that inspire and make you want to find out more
Been hoping you'd get Will to do another series. I love playing my acoustic, but sometimes you just gotta RIP(ley...)!
Clear and concise; extremely useful info!
Come on, he has my last name! Going to be a fun series!
easy to understand and It's just what I needed.
Great lesson, good instructions on how to piece together
I am glad I jumped out of the beginner class to this one. I like the teacher but I have been playing for a long time and this seems better.
Good suggestion on the up down scale bit. I'm psyched to take it on.
Great intro. Love the energy!
Pentatonics make sense at last!
This guy is just a good teacher.
He's a gentle soul, which makes the lessons easier to get through. He's not an impatient grouch, like the classic music teacher.
I have a habit of watching lessons when on the train without my guitar. Well today I decided to plug my laptop into my amp and jam along. It was so much fun. Will's lessons are awesome as he has you playing cool stuff at the same time as lea
wow this kicked my ass. I need a lot of work with these
I have found his lessons to be great for beginners better than some of the other teachers, very simple and easy to understand
I just put this in my first note that I like this guy.. This is my style all the way..
Is there tab for this lesson?
It’s perfect for me ! Excellent teacher !
love this style lesson ...more please
Nice lick and well explained how to expand it.
really fun and easy to understand,
Will is great, I look forward to daily lessons
Really opened up a new level in my playing.
ROCK! ON! :-)
The lesson "Riff in the Style of Ozzy Osbourne, Part 1 and 2 " and the ones that follow, have given me a lot of motivation to continue on with practicing. What I have been missing were songs, licks and teaching methods that I found "relevant" a
the slap/mute bit really made the sound - would be good to get some guidance on this. It was mentioned later in lesson but as I was working through and trying to emulate, i didn't get that far before trying to work it out (i.e. the original run
Very fun to play, and an amazing riff!
Very well presented!
Wanted to tick all of the above. Unfortunately, I have not picked up the guitar for a while and this series temped me back. Great to play stuff 'in the style of' as lets the student play recognisable riffs/phrases using basic techniques.
Will is a great instructor & i look forward to growing in my playing abilities through his lesson plans!! Im getting to the point of almost feeling like i can honestly say i know how to play the guitar ????. One Stocked chic here!!!
Will is an excellent teacher - how and why things sound good. His classic rock series is outstanding.
Will is awesome!
Will is the best teacher I've come across so far on the site!
Will Ripley has become one of my favorite instructors on the site! All his lessons are always easy to understand and the material he teaches is always on point and top notch! Hopefully you continue to bring him back for more!
You covered this stuff in previous lessons, but ,yeah, I think it's a cool lesson to combine all the MP scales and show them in action so we can see them in action. Thanks Will!