Rules of Rock

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Prashant Aswani

This course features 15 rock songs that are exclusive to JamPlay. Each song will be broken down into rhythm and melody and then dissected in great depth. Beyond that, you will learn how to improvise over JamTracks, write creative melodies and solo sections, learn how to write riffs, and much more. This really is a comprehensive toolbox for instrumental rock players.

31 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.

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Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

Each song below is broken up into two seperate parts: the rhythm and melody sections. We recommended watching both as there is a lot of hidden information in these gems. Learning the song itself is only the first part of the journey. After learning, try improvising over the included JamTrack, try write your own melody or lead section, or even try to write your own version of the rhythm.

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1

Series Introduction

Welcome to Rules of Rock: A Backing Track Series - 15 original backing tracks and dozens of inspirational licks and riffs from the mind of Prashant Aswani.

2:22 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

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2

Blue Sky - Rhythm

Jumping right in! In this lesson we're going to look at the first track in the series, Blue Sky. We'll be breaking down the arrangement and learning some rhythm ideas to get started.

20:41 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

3

Blue Sky - Melody

Now that we know what's going on progression-wise, let's look at some melody ideas for the Blue Sky backing track.

17:36 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

4

Rush Hour - Rhythm

With a punchy rhythm on the verses and long sustaining chords and arpeggios on the chorus, Rush Hour is a piece you're not going to want to put down any time soon.

14:17 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

5

Rush Hour - Melody

Join Prashant as he breaks down some melody components that work well over the Rush Hour backing track.

12:44 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

6

Bullet in the Brain - Riff

Feeling aggressive? Maybe angry? This tune is perfect for you. Join Prashant as he walks through this driving, aggressive track and teaches some cool riffs that you can integrate into your own playing.

15:09 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

7

Bullet in the Brain - Melody

Join Prashant as he walks through the dark, phrygian melody he crafted for this A section of the tune, and then into a more optimistic question and answer movement on the B.

18:15 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

8

Raw Deal - Rhythm

If you haven't had any fun yet, that's about to change. This track is a fun romp utilizing a drop d tuning and a driving rhythmic riff.

14:20 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

9

Raw Deal - Melody

This melody creates uses bending and whammy bar to create a soaring lead line with a very vocal feel.

7:47 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

10

Break Out - Rhythm

Let's take a look at the rhythm and arrangement for the Break Out backing track!

25:49 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

11

Break Out - Melody

Now that we've got the rhythm down, let's learn some melody ideas for playing over the Break Out track!

20:57 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

12

Burnin' - Rhythm

In this lesson we're going to take a look at the rhythm parts for the backing track, Burnin'.

11:20 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

13

Burnin' - Melody

Well, you've mastered the rhythm for Burnin' (hopefully), so let's take a look at some melody ideas!

7:28 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

14

Calm Moment - Rhythm

Ready to slow things down a bit? This track, as it's name denotes, is a great chance to slow down and learn how to use space in your playing.

18:55 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

15

Calm Moment - Melody

Join Prashant as he walks through some melodic ideas you can use over the Calm Moment track.

9:13 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

16

Darkness - Rhythm

Join Prashant as he walks through his approach to the rhythm of the track, Darkness.

9:02 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

17

Darkness - Melody

In this lesson, Prashant walks through some melody ideas that could be used over Darkness.

7:05 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

18

Lead Nova - Rhythm

The Lead Nova track is a heavy, driving tune with a metal vibe. Join Prashant as he explains his approach to the rhythm for this track.

16:03 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

19

Lead Nova - Melody

Learn some melody ideas that can be used over the dark, chromatic feel of Lead Nova.

8:04 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

20

Meris - Rhythm

In this lesson, Prashant introduces you to the heavy groove track called Meris. Learn some useful riffs to use as a rhythmic element over the track.

14:57 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

21

Meris - Melody

The melody for this track takes advantage of doubling the rhythm riff and then adding in some tasty lines in a call and response type interaction.

5:51 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

22

White Paper - Rhythm

This repetitive, somewhat funky feeling track, White Paper, has a great vibe and offers a fun detour into a different feel than many of the other tracks in this series.

7:04 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

23

White Paper - Melody

Now that we've laid down some funky rhythm riffs, we are going to add some soaring melody lines to this groovy track.

7:38 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

24

The Coast - Rhythm

This laid back track provides a great setting for using chord melody, as Prashant demonstrates in this lesson.

10:45 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

25

The Coast - Melody

Chances are, you'll just feel good after listening to this track. Imagine yourself driving along the twisting Californian coast with the windows down and the sun shining, and that's what this melody feels like.

8:35 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

26

Time Stamp - Rhythm

From single note riffs, to arpeggiated chords, and then some hybrid picked chord hits, this song is simple, yet diverse, and is sure to be a good time...stamp.

11:09 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

27

Time Stamp - Melody

Learn some new vibey, melody ideas to utilize over the track Time Stamp.

11:12 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

28

Summer - Rhythm

While the rhythm for this track is pretty simple (think repetitive, easy chords), As Prashant explains in the lesson, the challenge comes in keeping steady, robotic sound.

12:31 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

29

Summer - Melody

Join Prashant as he shares some more ideas for creating melodies over the track Summer.

7:15 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

30

Shackles - Rhythm

We've made it to the last Rock Out track! Shackles, is a ready, steady rock'n'roll tune with a catchy, repetitive riff that's a lot of fun to play!

14:35 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

31

Shackles - Melody

Here are some great melody ideas for the track, Shackles!

7:08 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Playing since 1984
  • 91 lessons at JamPlay
Few musicians can say they’ve had such a diverse background in music, ranging from Indian classical to rock fusion, and many genres in between. Even fewer can say they recorded their first solo album while still attending Berklee College of Music. Prashant Aswani, however, can attest to these, and even more, jaw-dropping experiences.

Prashant has recorded Four Solo albums including “Revelation”, “Duality”, “Sonically Speaking”, “Visions” and one soundtrack “Frequency” released by Lakeshore Entertainment. Currently, Prashant is the featured artist on iFrankenstein Movie Soundtrack (Lakeshore Entertainment) and is Producing AJ Mclean’s(Back Street Boys) solo album. In addition he is currently recording his fifth solo album with Jose Pasillas (Incubus) and Rhonda Smith (Prince, Jeff Beck).
Reviews & Feedback 100/100 with 26 ratings
Lanza1951

All the above.

uncle.scooby

Awesome lesson, we'll explained. Lets rock!

jonec82

Exactly what ive been looking for, and love his songs.